The most recent World Cup, held in The Hague in 2014, is the closest the Black Sticks have come to a top four finish since 1986. New Zealand missed out on the semi-finals by finishing third in their pool, before going on to beat China 4-nil in the 5th place playoff.
The New Zealand team just made one change from the group who won a gold medal at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April. Auckland midfielder Lulu Tuilotolava will suit up for her first major tournament after making her debut during the Pioneer Energy Women’s Tri Nations in Cromwell.
“It’s a very versatile team and we believe there’s a good mix of youth and experience within the group with talent across various positions, we think we’ve got the right balance – all 18 players in the side deserve their spot and I know they are very excited.” Said Head Coach Mark Hager
New Zealand squad for the Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup London 2018:
- Sam CHARLTON
- Tarryn DAVEY
- Frances DAVIES
- Madison DOAR
- Shiloh GLOYN
- Ella GUNSON
- Sam HARRISON
- Rose KEDDELL
- Anita McLAREN
- Olivia MERRY
- Stacey MICHELSEN (c)
- Brooke NEAL
- Grace O’HANLON
- Amy ROBINSON
- Sally RUTHERFORD
- Kelsey SMITH
- Liz THOMPSON
- Lulu TUILOTOLAVA
Pool D –
Sunday , July 22 : New Zealand v Belgium, 7pm
Tuesday, July 24 : New Zealand v Japan.12.30pm
Saturday, July 28 : New Zealand v Australia, 8pm
July 30-31: Crossover playoffs
August 1-2: Quarter-finals
August 4: Semi-finals
August 5: Final, third-place playoff
* All times listed are in BST
If you can’t make it to the event, you will be pleased to know you can watch it from the comfort of your home. To watch Women’s Hockey World Cup online for free, here is what you need to do.
How to watch New Zealand’s women’s hockey world cup from abroad
If you’re outside of the UK and want to watch BT sport, you’ll need a VPN to access content specific to the UK.
How to watch New Zealand’s matches at the women’s hockey world cup
All of New Zealand’s games will be available on SKYTV throughout the tournament.
Live Stream The World Cup On Kodi For Free
You can also stream the Match on Kodi now.