19 Jan 2015

Sport: Fiji Pearls excited to welcome Silver Ferns

12:07 pm on 19 January 2015

Fiji will find out exactly where they stand in international netball when they square off against New Zealand in Suva on Monday.

The opening match of the Oceania Tri Series will also be the first time the Silver Ferns have played a test match in Fiji.

The two sides last met at the 2011 World Cup and Pearls coach Kate Carpenter admits they have a tough ask in containing the world's second ranked team, in what will be their first match together since the Pacific Series in June.

"This is just the start of what is going to be a huge year and obviously to start against the Silver Ferns here at home is fantastic - it's such a good opportunity. There's about five players in our team that have played against them before and that was way back in 2011. The rest of the group is all new so really excited to be playing against one of the world's best teams".

Samoa are also taking part in the Tri-Series and take on New Zealand in their first match on Tuesday.