A product of Motueka High School, near Nelson, rock-solid midcourter Shannon Saunders (nee Francois) joined the Steel in 2012.
She has been a permanent fixture since and has continued to thrive in the environment. Saunders has continued to showcase the drive and athletic ability that led to her first Silver Ferns call-up in 2013. A tireless, no-frills type of player, Francois is a whole-hearted performer who can match it with the best through her dogged determination, relentless commitment and ability to execute. Coming into her eighth year with the Steel, Saunders offers invaluable experience and strong leadership to the side.