New Zealand will be locking horns with England in the Men’s FIH Pro League as both teams look to register their very first win of the ongoing campaign. New Zealand, having played two have lost both their games which positions them at the bottom of the points table, whereas, England has managed to get a draw, while, also sustaining a defeat recently. England currently sits 6th on the points table.
Date- Saturday, February 8
Time- 7:30 AM (IST)
Venue- North Harbour Hockey Stadium, Auckland
Jared Panchia, G Muir and S Jenness will be contenting for starts as the forwards for the hosts. Scott Edwards and N Ross will be the central figures in the midfield region. Blair Tarrant and K Russell should be featuring in the backline.
Blair Tarrant (c), Jacob Smith, Nick Ross, Jared Panchia, Arun Panchia, George Muir, R Joyce, Dane Lett, Cory Bennett, Steve Edwards, Leon Hayward, Stephen Jenness, Simon Child, Sam Lane, Shea McAleese, Kane Russell, Nic Woods, Marcus Child.
George Pinner should be featuring as the shot stopper for England. C Griffith and A Forysth are likely to lead the attack for the English outfit. Liam Ansell could get some game time as well. Adam Dixon and L Taylot will be among the defense.
Adam Dixon (c), Harry Martin, Liam Ansell, Phil Roper, Asley Jackson, Harry Gibson, Alan Forsyth, James Gall, Jack Waller, Luke Taylor, Jacob Draper, George Pinner, Liam Sanford, Christopher Griffiths, Ian Solan, Thomas Sorsby, Rupert Shipperley, Zachary Wallace.
Kane Russell has been one of the key players for New Zealand. Russell has scored 66 goals from 123 games for his side.
Alan Forsyth has been pivotal for England on the attack. Forsyth has 71 goals from 119 games for his side.
Philip Roper has bagged 34 goals from 134 games for England
Simon Child has netted 46 goals from 103 matches for New Zealand.
From the last seven games between the two sides, it’s New Zealand that has the edge with four wins in contrast to England’s three wins.
GK: L Hayward
DEF: Blair Tarrant, Kane Russell, M Gleghorne, A Dixon
MID: N Ross, H Martin, D Ames
FWD: S Child, G Muir, A Forsyth