NZ Under 21 Men named for Junior World Cup

By Hockey NZ

New Zealand Under 21 Mens head coach Bryce Collins has named a strong team to compete at the Junior World Cup in December.

The Mens Junior World Cup takes place in Lucknow, India from 8-18 December with the Kiwis confident of putting in a top performance.

Its a talented side which is led by current Black Sticks National Squad members Nic Woods, Hayden Phillips and Dominic Newman.

Around those players are also several Development Squad athletes, and plenty of top level talent from around the country.

New Zealand will be gunning for the title alongside Australia, Argentina, England, Germany, India, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, South Africa, Canada, Austria, Belgium, Egypt, Pakistan and Spain.

Collins said it was exciting to be taking away such a talented side which is strong at every position.

"This is a very good side and were encouraged by the quality of players on show at this years National Under 21 Tournament and Ford National Hockey League," he said.

"Its pleasing to see the development of these guys both as athletes and people while the competition for selection has been fierce - some very good players missed out."

Next week a New Zealand team will be named to compete at the Sultan of Johor Cup at the end of October in Malaysia.

The Womens Junior World Cup will be played in Santiago, Chile from 24 November - 4 December with a New Zealand team to be announced in the coming weeks.

NEW ZEALAND UNDER 21 MEN

JUNIOR WORLD CUP - LUCKNOW, INDIA

PLAYER NAME / REGION / POSITION

David BRYDON / Canterbury / Defender

Dom DIXON / Central / Goalkeeper

Alex HANHAM / North Harbour / Midfielder

Hugh HENDRICKSON / Canterbury / Defender

Jonty KEANEY / Auckland / Striker

Sam LANE / Canterbury / Striker

Ollie LOGAN / Capital / Defender

Thomas MALLON / Canterbury / Goalkeeper

Leo MITAI-WELLS / Midlands / Striker

Dominic NEWMAN / Canterbury / Midfielder

Kieran OCONNOR / Auckland / Striker

Hayden PHILLIPS / Central / Midfielder

Bradley READ / Capital / Defender

Aidan SARIKAYA / Midlands / Midfielder

Dylan THOMAS / Central / Striker

Johnny THORN / Southern / Defender

Mackenzie WILCOX / Central / Striker

Nicholas WOODS / Midlands / Midfielder

NON-TRAVELLING RESERVES

Robbie CAPIZZI / North Harbour / Striker

Sam HIHA / Central / Midfielder

Joshua SMITH / Southern / Defender

Ruan BEZUIDENHOUT / Auckland / Goalkeeper

- This story has been automatically published using a media release from Hockey NZ

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