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Wales’ Rupert Shipperley passes off rugby for GB hockey dream

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Rod Gilmour
The Hockey Paper's Editor. First covered international hockey at the 2010 Commonwealth Games - no better than a full house watching India play England - and has reported for the Daily Telegraph and other major newspapers ever since. Co-founded THP in 2016.

Teak-tough geography teacher Rupert Shipperley hopes to rack up the air miles on the return road to Tokyo 2020 next year.

The Hampstead & Westminster midfielder made it a quartet of Welsh players called up for the GB men and women’s squad for the FIH Pro League openers at the start of 2020.

And Shipperley, 27, hopes to make it count after he turned down a job promotion as assistant head of year at KCS Wimbledon in his bid to make the Olympic squad.

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