The Silver Ferns are vowing to put fear back into the black dress when they compete at this month's Netball World Cup.
They hit rock bottom with a fourth-place finish at the Commonwealth Games last year, but as they prepare to depart for the UK, they believe they've got the side to go all the way.
The black dress has long been revered on the international stage. But as they received it before flying to the UK, veteran defender Casey Kopua couldn't help admit it's lost some of its aura.
"The fear is possibly not as much as it was," Kopua told Newshub.
Noeline Taurua led a rebuild since their Commonwealth Games shocker - dumping experienced players and setting higher standards, especially around fitness.
"It's up to us to be able to build that fear back into the dress," Taurua said. "By walking the talk out there on the court."
That'll start at the World Cup against the very side they lost to on the Gold Coast - Malawi
The Ferns then play four games in as many days before the playoffs.
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