Meet the Silver Ferns Squad!

Shannon Francois

Shannon Saunders (nee Francois)


Not featuring since the 2018 Commonwealth Games, hard-working midcourter Shannon Saunders (nee Francois) won her spot back in the Silver Ferns for the 2019 Netball World Cup in Liverpool on the back of an impressive domestic season.

Saunders’ experience and perseverance paid off in spectacular fashion as the Silver Ferns went on to clinch the World Cup title in dramatic fashion.

A stalwart in the Steel midcourt where she predominantly plays centre, Saunders started out as a wing attack, so provides the necessary cover to play both positions to a high standard.

The opportunity to have a full pre-season with the Steel and refocus her priorities gave Saunders a new lease of life, the tireless midcourter delivering a succession of consistent and top-quality performances during 2019.

Saunders got her break for higher honours in 2013 when called into the Silver Ferns squad as cover and quickly made a mark with her speed and fitness levels while also making her debut. She remained a permanent fixture until 2018.

A product of Motueka High School, near Nelson, Saunders’ Netball career gained traction when she headed to Otago University, finding her niche with a young Southern Steel team and going on to become an integral member since joining them in 2012.

A no-frills type of player, Saunders is a whole-hearted performer who can match it with the best through her dogged determination, relentless commitment and ability to execute.

Player # 152
Positions C, WA
DOB 12/10/1990
Height 178cm
Test Caps 70
Debut 04/10/2013
vs Australian Diamonds

National Squads

  • Silver Ferns Squad: 2004-2014
  • Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist: 2006, 2010
  • Commonwealth Games Silver Medallist: 2014
  • World Netball Series Gold Medallist: 2009
  • FAST5 Netball World Series Gold Medallist: 2013
  • World Netball Championship Silver Medallist: 2007, 2011
  • New Zealand A: 2004
  • New Zealand U21: 2003-2005
  • World Youth Netball Championship Gold Medallist: 2005
  • NZA: 2004

Silver Ferns Debut

  • 14 November 2005: vs Barbados, at Goal Defence and Goal Keeper
  • The Arena, Kingston, Jamaica
  • Jamaican Tri-Series

Silver Ferns Milestones

  • 50th Test Match: vs Cook Islands playing Goal Defence,
  • 5 October 2010
  • Commonwealth Games
  • Dehli, India


  • ANZ Championship: Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic, 2008-2011
  • National Bank Cup: Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic, 2003-2007