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Playing Aussies less won't hurt NZ netball

Grace Rasmussen (R) is adamant NZ netball won't be hurt by less exposure to Australian opposition.
Playing Aussies less won't hurt NZ netball
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New Zealand's Silver Ferns aren't concerned scrapping the trans-Tasman competition will compromise their prospects of regaining world netball supremacy from Australia.

Both countries will run a domestic league next year, reducing the amount of times players from the sport's top two nations will face each other.

"I think it'a a bit of a shame that we are unable to get that exposure and come up against the Aussies a lot more than if we did have the competition still running, but it is what is," Silver Ferns midcourter Grace Rasmussen told AAP on Friday.

Australian teams dominated the trans-Tasman competition winning it in eight of it's nine years and winning a clear majority of games against their kiwi rivals.

Rasmussen is adamant the reduced exposure to Australian opposition won't hurt New Zealand.

"I think it will work both ways," Rasmussen said on Friday in Sydney, where the first of the four-Test Constellation Cup series between the two nations will be played on Sunday.

"It will be harder for them obviously not coming up against our style of play and vice versa.

"I don't think it will be biased to any one side."

Australia produced a late burst of goals to beat New Zealand by five in their most recent meeting in last month's Quad Series decider in Melbourne.

Rasmussen said New Zealand extracted some positives from that loss.

"Getting quite a few of our newbies out there on court to really experience the pressure that's required coming up against the Aussies, that was definitely a bonus," Rasmussen said.

New Zealand followed up with a 3-0 home series sweep of Jamaica last month.

"We had a very young looking side and a new dynamic to the team, but I think everyone has taken their opportunities and we're feeling really positive," Rasmussen said.

"Now we've got the foundations right and it's just a matter of building from what we achieved throughout the Quad Series and Jamaica series."

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