3 Jan 2009

NZ replaces Pakistan in hockey tournament

11:23 am on 3 January 2009

The New Zealand men's hockey team has replaced Pakistan for a four-nation hockey tournament starting later this month in India.

The tournament, also featuring reigning world and Olympic champions Germany and fourth-ranked Netherlands, is scheduled to begin in the northern city of Chandigarh from January the 31st.

Tournament organiser Pargat Singh has told Indian media New Zealand will make the competition even tougher.