New Zealand head coach Darren Smith has named seven Under-21 youngsters for the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup.

The seven are David Brydon, Jonty Keaney, Sam Lane, Leo Mitai-Wells, Dominic Newman, Hayden Phillips and Mac Wilcox.

Hayden, 19, played in midfield for the Black Sticks at last year’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics. He and George Muir, also a member of the Olympic side, are making a return to action from long-term injuries.

Among the notable absentees are Simon Child, Nick Haig, Brad Read and James Coughlan.

“We are short on experience, but I think this team is still competitive enough. We would have liked to bring a more experienced group, but unfortunately there are a lot of players unavailable or injured,” said Smith.

Experienced defender Arun Panchia will captain the side, which sees the return of Rio Olympian Hayden Phillips and midfielder George Muir from long term injuries.


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