Temalisi Fakahokotau slips on the black dress of the Silver Ferns, just for size. It fits like a glove, just as it did when she last pulled it on three years ago.

“It feels so good to be back in the dress,” she says, grinning, at the end of five testing days of national netball trials in Papakura last week.

On August 7, Fakahokotau was handed the coveted dress to keep.  Being recalled into the Silver Ferns squad of 16, for the Quad Series and three tests against England, is a reward for a year of physical upheaval and emotional angst.

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