Vicki Wilson at peace with her new allegiance
New Silver Ferns assistant coach Vicki Wilson doesn't anticipate any difficulties when the anthems play during Sunday's first test against Australia in Invercargill.
Wilson spent 15 years playing, and leading, in Australian gold, winning three world championships and a Commonwealth Games title.
On Sunday she will have officially hopped over the fence.
She is helping to plot the downfall of her homeland with head coach Waimarama Taumaunu in the opening match of the five-game Constellation Cup series at the SIT Zerofees Velodrome.
"It's a bit hard not to think about it," Wilson admitted.
"My admin officer at the job that I do back home, she's a Maori girl ,and we have a singalong all the time.
"On Monday when I was walking out the door she made everyone sing the Kiwi national anthem. That was great," she said.
"I think more about the contest ... my thoughts are on the players and who they are matching up against, if they start getting the upper hand, what can we do, where can we shift people? That's what I think about."
Wilson said she felt no trepidation about being part of the "enemy" camp for the first time in a test match.
"I was just really excited. It's a great test to see where we are at and whether or not the work we've been doing is on the right track, looking for two years' time as well, building that foundation and making sure that we've got strength in all the areas," she said.
"I've made a decision that I'm very comfortable with; there's certainly no regrets.
" I enjoy working with the [Silver Ferns] support staff, the work that they do, the way it's blended in and the way that Wai brings it all together - I suppose that's what's impressed me the most."
The Australians, however, are not so happy with Wilson's decision.
Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander said that it was "disappointing" to have one of their own operate against them.
"Many fans still don't quite understand it.
"We would desperately like to have Vicki working with us on the other side of the ditch but we all know and understand that coaching opportunities are few and far between so when you get one you have to take it," Alexander said.
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