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Black Sticks to defend Hawke's Bay Cup

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 21/02/2017

Stacey Michelsen. © Rob Carr/Getty Images Stacey Michelsen. Four teams will contest this year's Hawke's Bay Cup women's hockey tournament in Napier and Hastings.

The world No.5 New Zealanders, who lost the bronze medal match to Germany at last year's Rio Olympics, will play fourth-ranked Australia, the world No.6 United States team, and No.11 Japan.

The 10-day tournament, which begins on March 31, was won last year by the Black Sticks after they beat Japan 3-2 in the final of the eight-nation tournament.

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