The South African Hockey Association today announced an 18-strong squad for the Hero Honda FIH World Cup tournament, to take place in New Delhi, India from 28 February to 13 March.
The 12th ranked South African team under the steady captaincy of Austin Smith have an opportunity to further improve on world rankings at the World Cup as they take on the cr├¿me de la cr├¿me of world hockey.
The South Africans were last in action at the recent BDO Champions Challenge trophy in Salta, Argentina where they placed fifth.
Captain Smith admits that this will be the ÔÇ£biggest test for our new squad thus far but we do not fear any team. We will go into every match with a healthy respect for each teamÔÇØ.
The squad shows two changes from the one that went to Argentina. Shanyl Balwanth comes in for Lance Louw, and Taine Paton replaces Miguel da Graca.
Paul Blake (Western Province), Shanyl Balwanth (KZN Coastals), Brendon Botes (Eastern Province), Gareth Carr (Kzn Coastals), Ian Haley (Western Province), Rhett Halkett (Northerns), Tommy Hammond (Kzn Inlands), Marvin Harper (Kzn Coastals), Julian Hykes (Amathole), Lloyd Madsen (Kzn Coastals), Thornton McDade (Southern Gauteng), Lloyd Norris-Jones (Southern Gauteng), Taine Paton (Kzn Coastals), Wade Paton (Kzn Coastals), Erasmus Pieterse (Western Province), Justin Reid-Ross (North West),┬á Jonty Robinson (Northerns), Austin Smith (Western Province – captain)
Anton van Rooyen – manager
Gregg Clark – coach
David Viney – asst coach
Moabi Malebye – video/Stats
Pierre Kruger – physiotherapist