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Janine Southby has been confirmed as the
10th coach of the Silver Ferns.
Netball New Zealand this morning
announced Southby, who has led the
Southern Steel for the past three seasons,
will replace outgoing coach Waimarama
Taumaunu at the helm of the Ferns for the
next four years.
The news of Southby’s appointment
came as a surprise, with many tipping the
role would go to experienced Australian
coach Julie Fitzgerald — a prospect that
was causing much disquiet in the netball
Southby will lead the Silver Ferns in their
quest for gold at the 2018 Commonwealth
Games on the Gold Coast and the Netball
World Cup the following year.
Netball NZ chief executive Hilary Poole
said she is pleased to secure a coach of the
calibre of Southby.
“Janine has been part of the NNZ
High Performance Coach Pathway, is a
graduate of the HPSNZ coach accelerator
programme and guided the New Zealand
U21 team to gold at the 2013 World Youth
Netball Cup,” Poole said.
“S he is a highly professional and qualified
netball coach, and she understands what we
need to address in our high performance
system to ensure sustainable success with the
“This has been a thorough process, but
central to our decision was selecting a
coach who can build on the team’s recent
performances and return us to the top of
Southby, who coached the FAST5 Ferns in
2013-2014, winning the title in both years,
will step down from her role as coach of the
Steel and commence her role as Silver Ferns
coach from December 1. She will work with
Netball New Zealand to appoint support
staff, including a new assistant coach.
Southby says she is looking for ward to
starting the next chapter in her coaching
“ It is an honour and a privilege to be given
the responsibility of leading the Silver Ferns
and working with such an exciting group of
athletes,” Southby said.
“ I am looking for ward to the challenge and
working with those involved to build on the
solid foundations that are already in place.”
Netball New Zealand will name a group
of Silver Ferns triallists next week to attend
a camp in Auckland from December 7-11.
From this camp, the 2016 Silver Ferns squad
will be selected.
— New Zealand Herald
Southby new Silver Ferns coach
The Chiefs will host
Wales in a mid-week
fixture in Hamilton
during their tour of New
Zealand next June.
Wales, who were
knocked out in the
quarter-finals of the
recent World Cup by
South Africa, have
a significant Chiefs
connection given their
coach Warren Gatland is
a former Waikato coach
and Chiefs technical
advisor and Gareth
Anscombe is also in the
Wales are due to play
three tests against the All
Blacks next June, with
tests in Auckland ( June
11), Wellington ( June
18) and D unedin ( June
25). Midweek fixtures are
rare in modern tours and
the Waikato game will be
on June 14.
Chiefs coach Dave
Rennie said the match
will fall in a crucial time
for his side’s Super Rugby
“The chance for
provincial players to play
sides is a rarity in the
professional era, so we
are really excited by the
challenge,” Rennie said.
“Gats is hugely
respected in this
community so it’s a nice
fit for him to bring his
Welsh team home to
Hamilton to take on the
Gatland added: “It is
great our midweek
match against the Chiefs
has been confirmed.
For the squad, it will be
a great opportunity to
have further game time
together ahead of the
second and third tests
against the All Blacks.
For me personally, it
will be an honour to
bring Wales to
Hamilton and face the
Waikato beat Wales
28-19 in 1988.
— New Zealand Herald
The cheers were deafening, the
excitement palpable as the World Cup
winning All Blacks touched down on
home soil to be met by thousands of
It made for an “over whelming”,
“ unreal” and “pretty awesome” welcome
home, the team said.
Packed into Auckland International
Airport from the early hours of the
morning, rugby-mad fans were hard
pressed to get a good vantage point
if they showed up less than an hour
before flight NZ1 was due to land at
Security and police had cordoned
off parts of the international arrivals
lounge, keeping excited fans behind
Their enthusiasm was not to be
dampened — armed with banners,
signs, flags, thunder sticks and with
faces painted with permanent smiles
as well as black and white face paint,
silver ferns and ‘All Blacks’ writing.
Music blared out of speakers in the
run up to the flight coming in, and the
patient crowd sang renditions of the
national anthem, the haka and chants
of ‘All Blacks’, clap, clap, clap, ‘All
Blacks’ to pass the time.
Updates of the flight’s progress
garnered loud cheers, especially when
it went out over the loudspeaker
that the plane had landed, they had
disembarked, then were 10 minutes
away. But nothing compared to the
noise which rang out through the
airport as the boys walked through the
Cheers, screams and applause, flags
and signs waving as captain Richie
McCaw and coach Steven Hansen led
the way, the Webb Ellis Cup in the
arms of the star skipper.
Hansen and McCaw took to a small
stage set up for the occasion, while
the rest of the team — dressed in
matching black and white checked
shirts — filed to one side, smiling
at the crowd. Some took photos on
their own phones of the welcome that
greeted them, others broke ranks and
shook hands, signed autographs, and
had their photos taken with fans.
It was a heroes’ welcome, and felt
“pretty awesome”, McCaw said.
He and Hansen spoke briefly to the
crowd from the stage, with their words
almost drowned out by the raucous
The team “really appreciated” the
support fans had given them from
home, McCaw said.
He was “glad to be home” and would
“enjoy the next few days”, he said.
“Thanks very much for your support,”
Speaking to media afterwards,
Hansen said the welcome was
“overwhelming”. “ We expected to
have a bit of a crowd here, but this is
Dan Carter said the crowd at
Auckland Airport was “unreal”.
“It’s a dream homecoming ... it’s been
a long time away and we’ve had some
amazing supporters back home.”
It was “such a special feeling” to come
home to, he said.
“It never gets old. To be back home
and to celebrate with friends and
family and the amazing supporters
we’ve got here is something all the
guys were looking forward to.”
Sam Cane said he was “blown away ”
by the reaction.
“ We heard a little bit while we were
away through friends and social media
that the country was going pretty nuts,
but to come back and see this sort of
support at this time in the morning is
just mind blowing and takes away any
jetlag or any tiredness. “ We are just
extremely grateful for all this support.”
It would be a “busy couple of days”,
Cane said, with the welcome home
parades planned throughout the
country, but said “it’s the people like
this who support us that make it so
Ma’a Nonu described the reception as
“pretty crazy ”.
“ We’re happy we could do it for the
country and our supporters here,” he
said. “ We’re just really happy to be
It was “special” to win this world
cup,” he said.
“I couldn’t explain it in words, I
think. I just left it all out there on the
field, really enjoyed the last few days
with the boys, last time I’m going to be
in the jersey so...”
Smart phones and tablets held up in
the air, many hooked into selfie-sticks,
were the only way some in the crowd
managed to catch a glimpse of their
heroes. But others were lucky enough
to meet their idols.
Olivia Kneebone, 10, said it was
“awesome” to see her rugby heroes.
While she she did not get a chance to
speak to her favourite player, Nonu, she
did speak to Waisake Naholo, which
she said was “really amazing”.
Olivia, from Matamata, got up at
2.30am to make sure she would be
in prime position to meet her idols.
She and her mum Inge Schiffer and a
group of friends made the journey to
be at Auckland Airport by 5am.
It was “definitely” worth the early
start, Olivia said, adding: “I’d do it
Rugby mad mates George Witana,
Elliott Worsley, George Hyslop,
Robbie Takotohiwi and Henry Hyslop
travelled from Whakatane to catch a
glimpse of the All Blacks.
The trip was worth it, they said, after
getting to see Sonny Bill Williams.
“I got a photo with Sonny Bill,”
screamed Elliott. “ Woo ... I touched
The boys left Whakatane at 1am to
get to the airport in time to see the
boys in black. “It was so worth it. We
love the All Blacks.”
Santiago Olds, seven, scored a
number of All Blacks autographs on a
mini rugby ball and on his shoes.
“I got Nehe Milner-Skudder, and
T J Perenara on my shoe,” he said,
proudly displaying the signatures.
“It was good.”
Jason Tran and Miranda Lee got to
the airport at 6.30am — too late to
grab a good vantage point to see the
“It was really packed. We were all the
way at the back,” Jason said.
“ We were looking at people’s iPads
looking at them (the All Blacks).”
But they still managed to glimpse the
hair of one All Black, and the side of
Richie McCaw ’s face.
“It was worth it,” Miranda said
They praised the “team spirit” of the
fans who came out to welcome the
“The country was all together as one,”
“That ’s what I love about New
Zealand culture, like we’re all together
celebrating the All Blacks as one.”
Miranda agreed: “It was really like
a family, and like (saying) ‘all of us
support the All Blacks’, everyone
coming together.” — NZME
All Blacks welcomed home
PICTURE: Getty Images
All Black Beauden Barrett signs autographs after arriving at the Auckland International Airport this morning.
Chiefs to host
Richie McCaw with the prized Webb
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