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.

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 have given 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 66
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