Saturday, December 9, 2023

Couzins set for 300th cap

New Zealand captain Dean Couzins will play his 300th hockey test in Saturday’s rematch against Australia in Perth. The game will be streamed live via the Hockey Australia website at 12noon UK time.

He will become just the second New Zealander in history to reach the milestone, with team-mate Phil Burrows the only other player over 300 tests.

Following his debut in 2001, Couzins has become a pillar of the Black Sticks’ defence and is the on-field general for the current squad.

Couzins said it is a huge honour to make it to 300 tests for New Zealand, and the achievement will be extra special against old rivals Australia.

“I’m really looking forward to the occasion, as well as an improved performance after last night’s loss,” he said.

“It’s a real honour to join Phil on 300, and pretty appropriate that it will come against Australia. They’re a tough opponent but always play in the right spirit.”

Couzins’ 300th test will come against the Kookaburras tomorrow night at 11pm (NZ time). 

The team will then travel to Kuantan, Malaysia for the Champions Challenge from 26 April – 4 May.

Tomorrow’s second test against Australia will be live streamed on the Hockey Australia website

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