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It doesn't matter how many times Tauranga's Rose Keddell represents New Zealand, her excitement for selection never wanes for the 193-cap Black Stick.

Vantage Black Sticks Women's coach Graham Shaw has named his first squad of his tenure as the national coach.

Keddell, an experienced Black Stick, is among the 19-squad team that will play five matches in the FIH Pro next month, beginning with a game against the United States in Lancaster, Pennsylvania on June 1 (NZT).

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Shaw says it is always difficult to select a national squad.

"Every player trains hard on a