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The teams for the latest installment of the World League competition has been announced with both Men’s & Ladies teams selected.

Both the Men’s & Ladies teams take part in the Hockey World League in Johannesburg from 9-23rd July with all games streamed live on SuperSport. I have been watching the World League matches in London and the coverage has been phenomenal and I am looking forward to watching as much hockey as I can!

You can get tickets for all games here and view all the tournament info you need right over here for the Men’s & Ladies.

SA Men’s Hockey Team

Coach: Fabian Gregory

1. Rassie Pieterse

2. Gowan Jones

3. Jethro Eustice

4. Austin Smith

5. Rhett Halkett

6. Daniel Bell

7. Matt Guise-Brown

8. Jonty Robinson

9. Daniel Sibbald

10. Reza Rosenburg

11. Ryan Julius

12. Tim Drummond

13. Owen Mvimbi

14. Julian Hykes

15. Nqobile Ntuli

16. Ignatius Malgraff

17. Dayaan Cassiem

18. Tevin Kok

There are a few surprises included in the above men’s team. Firstly, dynamite youngster Dayaan Cassiem gets a nod for his first proper international tournament. As we mentioned before, this boy has all the talent in the world, and hopefully he will turn potential into results. The rest of the forward line is a decent mix of youth with plenty of experience. Malgraff and Hykes have tons of caps behind them, with Tevin Kok and Billy Ntuli offering youthful exhuberence.

The link line is very experienced with only Reza Rosenburg the only real “new comer” to the international stage. Ryan Julius is another youngster in that group, but has a few caps to his name already and has showed in the u21 World Cup in December last year that he is more than capable on the big stage.

The back line is jam-packed with experience. Austin Smith returns and is partnered with some world class players such as Halkett, Bell, Robinson, Guise-Brown & Eustice, with two very experienced and capable goalkeepers behind them.

There are still a few players missing, most notably in the forward line with Keenan Horne, Pierre De Voux & Lloyd Norris-Jones unavailable for selection. Justin Reid-Ross is also unavailable and will be missed, but there is more than enough cover for him included. All in all, this is a VERY capable team, with what I think is a good mix of youth, and some very experienced internationals.

SA Women’s Hockey Team

Coach: Sheldon Rostron

1. Stephanie Baxter

2. Quanita Bobbs

3. Kara Botes

4. Bernadette Coston

5. Sulette Damons

6. Illse Davids

7. Lisa Deetlefs

8. Lilian du Plessis

9. Celia Evans

10. Tarryn Glasby

11. Shelley Jones

12. Nicole La Fleur

13. Candice Manuel

14. Jade Mayne

15. Phumelela Mbande

16. Jessica o’Connor

17. Nicolene Terblanche

18. Nicole Walraven

The Ladies team follows a similar make up with loads of experienced international included, but also a few new comers with less than 50 caps.

The number of players with numerous international tournament exposure is phenomenal in the ladies line up. There is plenty of experiences across all lines and I am really excited to see this team compete as I believe this team has been on the cusp of achieving something, and with the opportunity to compete at Rio taken from under their feet, I feel this could be their chance to shine.

Unfortunately, it appears as if the ladies didn’t get the fancy graphic treatment that the Men did.