Sydney product Tim Brand has regained his fitness after a knee problem and is chomping at the bit to play for Australia in front of his home crowd for the first time this weekend.
Brand hasn’t been in action for the Kookaburras since the opening weekend of the FIH Pro League in early February when he injured his knee against Belgium.
He resumed full training last week and has put himself in contention to be selected for this weekend’s matches, with the teams to be announced on Thursday.
“I’m good to go now, so hopefully I get a run on the weekend. It’d be awesome to play in Sydney.”
The Kookaburras are currently second on the FIH Pro League standings, with Argentina in fifth and New Zealand down in last place, but Brand was wary of both opponents.
“They’re two tough teams,” Brand said.
“I’ve never played New Zealand before but we always have a rivalry with them in any sport.
“Argentina, I’ve played a few times, they’re really skilful and fast and will definitely be a challenge.
Saturday 16 March 2019
Kookaburras v Argentina – 3pm start (local time)
Hockeyroos v Argentina – 5pm start (local time)
Sunday 17 March 2019
Kookaburras v New Zealand – 3pm start (local time)
Hockeyroos v New Zealand – 5pm start (local time)