The women's Black Sticks will be looking to build depth in next week's trans-Tasman trophy.

An Achilles strain has ruled out veteran defender Stacey Michelsen.

Coach Mark Hager says without retired Kayla Whitelock, Gemma Flynn, Anita Punt and now Michelsen, it provides a chance for other players to step up.

He says some of the young players who went to the Olympics have earned over 100 caps.

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20 year old Bridget Kiddle has been called up as Michelsen's replacement.