Pucovski asks not to be considered for Test squad due to 'mental wellbeing'
Victoria's Will Pucovski has requested that he not be considered for Australia's Test series against Pakistan, with selectors now tipped to include Cameron Bancroft.Pucovski played for Australia A in a tour game against Pakistan in Perth and had been a contender to make the Test squad but Cricket Australia said in a statement he had asked not to be considered after reporting the issue to team management on Tuesday night.
With the Wellington Sevens just FOUR days away, we caught up with Tone Ng Shiu and Vilimoni Koroi who are two new faces in the All Blacks Sevens squad .
AUCKLAND - The All Blacks named two new players Sunday for next month's northern tour and included three Barrett brothers in their travelling squad as they look to extend their record unbeaten streak. The 36-man All Blacks squad to play Tests in the United States, Italy, Ireland and France
Uncapped duo Nathan Ephraums and Kurt Lovett have been rewarded for their outstanding hockey form during the past 12 months with selection for the Kookaburras.
Next year is is set to be a huge year for the Australian men's team, with the Tokyo Olympics and defence of the FIH Pro League title fast approaching.
Victorian Ephraums and Sydney-based Lovett both impressed as members of the national development squad and performed outstandingly during the inaugural Hockey One League.
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Do you think this team has what it takes?Australian selectors have also put their faith back in Travis Head after he was dropped during the Ashes in England.
Kookaburras are terrestrial tree kingfishers of the genus Dacelo native to Australia and New Guinea, which grow to between 28–42 cm (11–17 in) in length.
With many new faces in the squad and a newly appointed coach, this will be an interesting year in the world of field hockey and a very interesting year for the Kookaburras !
Kookaburras coach Colin Batch said the duo's performances warranted their selection in the 27-man squad.
"Kurt had a break out season in Hockey One," Batch said.
"He had a number of good games including in the finals and put his name forward in a way that we couldn't ignore."
Ephraums was named player of the tournament at the Sultan of Johor Cup in 2017 playing in Australia's Under 21 team, and has spent periods of this year training with the Kookaburras at their base in Perth.
"Nathan had some good performances in Hockey One but it is also what he has done over a period of time when he has trained with us in VAA (Visiting Athlete Agreement) opportunities, and he was also part of our build up for the Oceania Cup," Batch said.
The majority of players that helped Australia qualify for Tokyo 2020, won the inaugural Pro League and secured the world No.2 ranking have been retained.
Tasmanian Eddie Ockenden (358 caps) is a chance of competing at a fourth Olympics and breaking Jamie Dwyer's Kookaburras appearance record.
The final squad for the Olympics is expected to be announced in mid June.
Kookaburras: Jacob Anderson, Daniel Beale, Josh Beltz, Tim Brand, Andrew Charter (gk), Tom Craig, Matthew Dawson, Johan Durst (gk), Nathan Ephraums, Kieran Govers, Jake Harvie, Jeremy Hayward, Tim Howard, Tyler Lovell (gk), Kurt Lovett, Trent Mitton, Eddie Ockenden, Flynn Ogilvie, Lachlan Sharp, Joshua Simmonds, Matthew Swann, Jack Welch, Corey Weyer, Jacob Whetton, Tom Wickham, Dylan Wotherspoon, Aran Zalewski.
Woman's body found inside a freezer in a Pymble apartment .
The homicide squad is investigating the death after officers were called to an apartment on Sydney's upper north shore.The homicide squad is investigating her death after officers were called to the Bobbin Head Road unit block on Wednesday having received a call concerned about her welfare.