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.


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