Hockey: New Zealand excited by proposed changes

Arun Panchia passes the ball during the men's hockey test against India. Photo / Getty Images
Arun Panchia passes the ball during the men's hockey test against India. Photo / Getty Images

Hockey New Zealand's excited by the changes to the international calendar.

The International Hockey Federation has announced a home and away league will be introduced in 2019, with the Champions trophies and World League semifinals and finals to be scrapped.

Hockey NZ high performance manager Terry Evans says the top sides would visit more often.

Evans says they'd expect to have Germany and the Netherlands in New Zealand regularly and bring some world class hockey to the country.

Evans says the FIH is proposing eight to 10 nations will be part of the men's and women's league and he's confident New Zealand will be in both.

- Radio Sport

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