A war of words has erupted between the Silver Ferns and England before Sunday's opening Taini Jamison Trophy netball test in Christchurch.
It comes after the Roses sent an understrength squad for the series that doesn't feature a single player from the side the shocked the Ferns in the World Cup semi-final last month.
The situation has left the Silver Ferns frustrated, denying them the opportunity to earn revenge after their struggles in South Africa, where they finished outside the medals for the first time.
"Obviously there's the initial 'oh what the hell's happening? Are they taking the piss?"' said Silver Ferns vice-captain Phoenix Karaka.
"Especially because, going into the World Cup, we had been very successful against England a couple of times, so that was disappointing to see the team."
Even the England coach - ex-NZ international Liana Leota – is a second-stringer.
Despite their undermanned squad, England are confident of their chances against a Silver Ferns outfit still smarting from their worst ever World Cup performance.
"They need to perform, you know they've underperformed," Leota said of the Ferns.
But Ferns coach Dame Noeline Taurua insists there's no extra sense of pressure heading into the series.
Meanwhile, England also have a point to prove, taking exception with being labelled the 'B' team.
"We've heard the noise but we're looking forward to this competition," said Roses midcourter Amy Carter. "But it's almost taken the pressure off us."
England are looking forward to showing just how strong their squad really is come Sunday.2023-09-22T07:59:28Z dg43tfdfdgfd