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The Black Sticks Men are looking to put a tough opening stretch in the FIH Pro League behind them. After a few weeks of training the team will be hoping the gap in matches is going to bring a change in fortunes in the second half of the competition.

Darren Smith has made several changes to the team that was overwhelmed by the Kookaburras attacking relentlessness and sees the return of experienced players Marcus Child and Blair Tarrant come back into the side.

Black Sticks Men’s Coach Darren Smith said ahead of the match 

“We are looking forward to getting over to Rosario for what will be a tough match up against an in form Argentina. They were able to get all 3 points when we met them in Auckland, and followed this up with a very competitive game against Australia and a win against Spain last weekend. They are well structured, counter with speed and tend to have a good set piece”

Young North Harbour midfielder Xavier Guy has been named to make his debut. It has been a meteoric rise for Xavier who last year was rewarded for some great play at the Ford NHL with a place in the Vantage Black Sticks Development Squad. Look out as Xavier loves to put some great passes through to set up his team mates.

Dane Lett is set to play his 50thcap for the New Zealand men. Lett has become a mountain in defence for the kiwi side and his presence in defence always has a calming influence.

Lett has a booming sweep and if he can get into space look out for the long cross field ball he is capable of delivering.

Vantage Black Sticks Men vs Argentina. Sunday 14thApril 09:00am NZT. Coverage is on Spark Sport

Vantage Black Sticks Men Squad 

Name

Position

Caps

Richard Joyce

Goalkeeper

65

George Enersen

Goalkeeper

48

Shea McAleese

Defender

284

Blair Tarrant ©

Defender

197

Dane Lett

Defender

49

Cory Bennett

Defender

82

Harry Miskimmin

Midfielder

54

David Brydon

Defender

47

Xavier Guy

Midfielder

Debut

Marcus Child

Midfielder

147

Aidan Sarikaya

Midfielder

33

Dominic Newman

Striker

51

Hayden Phillips

Midfielder

76

Mac Wilcox

Striker

26

George Muir

Striker

119

Dylan Thomas

Striker

13

Sam Lane

Striker

38

Jared Panchia

Striker

110

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