Reply To: Fitness issues weaken Silver Ferns defensive stocks ahead of CG

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WeWood
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I’m of the view if players are still very much in the midst of their post-COVID comeback they should be left behind to fully recover.

Would you really ‘amend’ the fitness standards to get someone on a plane to Birmingham only for them to self combust in a format where you can’t make changes to your squad of 12?

It’s harsh, but avoids ‘carrying’ anyone in a week/10-day long tournament and allows players to focus on their health.

And re normal fitness/not COVID related issues – again if you can’t hit the performance standard required to get in the team, how are you going to execute day in, day out with back-to-back games against England, a semi and then a medal playoff game?