Fergus Kavanagh
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Triple Olympian Fergus Kavanagh has arrived at the Sports Authority of India in Bengaluru, India and will begin training the Indian Team defenders for seven days,starting today.

The West Australian won two Olympic Games bronze medals, two World Cup titles, two Commonwealth Games gold medals, a World League title and five Champions Trophy victories since making his debut in 2007.

He has been a part of arguably the most successful period in Australian men’s hockey history, and is regarded around the world as the best tackler of the past decade thanks to his speed, agility and craft.

Kavanagh retired from International Hockey in 2016, and currently plays in Amsterdam in the Dutch league.

He will be working closely with 14 defenders identified by Hockey India.

The list includes Harmanpreet Singh, Varun Kumar, Birendra Lakra, Kothajit Singh Khadangbam, Surendra Kumar, Nilam Sanjeep Xess, Gurinder Singh, Amit Rohidas, Rupinder Pal Singh, Mandeep Mor, Pratap Lakra, Suman Beck and Parampreet Singh.

Speaking on this latest acquirement, Coach Graham Reid said he wants to improve the teams defensive capabilities.

“We have been lucky to secure the services of former Kookaburra great Fergus Kavanagh.”

“We will be building a very strong basis of both physical fitness and all-round skills in preparation for our Olympic Qualifier in November. Goalscoring, PC’s, Shootouts and capitalising on our recent Goalkeeping camp will round out the next phase before going to Tokyo for the Olympic Test event in August,” added Reid.

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