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    An 8-1 scoreline in the opening hockey match against the world number one ranked Kookaburras might not bode well for the Black Sticks men, in their four-game series

    An 8-1 scoreline in the opening hockey match against the world number one ranked Kookaburras might not bode well for the Black Sticks men, in their four-game series


    But the hosts had eight key players unavailable on Tuesday, fielding six debutants - while the Aussies were largely unchanged from their Tokyo Olympics campaign, where they claimed silver.

    New Zealand could get three players back tonight - but defender Dane Lett doesn't think the gap's quite as big as the scoreline indicated - and he's backing his side to improve.



    The match is set to start at 7pm at the National Hockey Centre in Auckland.

    © 2022 Newstalk ZB, NZCity

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     12 Aug: Richie Mo'unga is at first-five for the All Blacks as part of four changes for the test against the Springboks at Johannesburg's Ellis Park on Sunday morning
     12 Aug: Richie Mo'unga will start at first-five for the All Blacks in Sunday's Rugby Championship match against the Springboks at Johannesburg - Beauden Barrett is on the bench
     11 Aug: South Africa will start with hooker Joseph Dweba in Saturday's second Rugby Championship Test against New Zealand after Bongi Mbonambi withdrew due to a knee injury picked up in training
     10 Aug: All Blacks captain Sam Cane is defending his side's opening defeat to the Springboks as they prepare for the second test on Sunday morning at Ellis Park
     10 Aug: All Blacks captain Sam Cane has expressed his relief at Beauden Barrett's escape from permanent injury when he fell on his neck and shoulders after getting tackled in the air late in the first test loss to the Springboks
     09 Aug: Richie Mo'unga has described the challenge of playing the Springboks at Ellis Park as the ultimate test
     09 Aug: Fijian international Nemani Nadolo has rejoined the Waratahs ahead of the 2023 Super Rugby Pacific season, 12 years after his first stint
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