Missing out on the Commonwealth Games last year and overlooked for any of Noeline Taurua’s Silver Ferns squad in the past year, making the World Cup squad wasn’t even on the radar for Mystics defender Phoenix Karaka.

Karaka was one of four players who Taurua hasn’t selected previously but has now named in the Silver Ferns world cup squad for the tournament in Liverpool in July.

Former captain Katrina Rore is back after being surprisingly dropped earlier this year while shooter Bailey Mes and mid-courter Shannon Saunders are also included.

Karaka says when she got the phone call from assistant coach Debbie Fuller it took her some tim

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