6 Jan 2009

Five hockey debutants set to play in India

5:32 pm on 6 January 2009

Hockey New Zealand has accepted a late invitation for the Black Sticks men to compete at the exclusive four Nations Punjabi Gold Cup - to be played at the end of this month in Chandigarh, India.

Five players will make their debut at the tournament with North Harbour's Priyesh Bhana, David Green and Shay Neal joining Wellington's Blair Hilton and Joel Baker in the Black Sticks for the first time.

The tournament will give the team a taste of playing in India - the venue for the 2010 World Cup and Commonwealth Games.