Without retired captain Kayla Whitelock the question remains as to who will captain the Black Sticks women's hockey team at the trans-Tasman trophy.

The team of 18 includes eight of their players in their first action since the Rio Olympics but will miss Anita McLaren, Gemma Flynn and Charlotte Harrison.

Veteran Stacey Michelsen says a rotation of captaincy between senior players will be expected.

She says it is an honour to be the captain of the black sticks team.

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But Michelsen says there is a strong group of leaders who will carry on for the next couple of years.