A theme has run through the England women’s team in recent years. It started with former coach Mark Hager, who set up his team to play more attack-minded hockey and has seemingly continued with David Ralph, the Scot who took over from the Australian last September.
The turnover of players after Tokyo and the conversion from GB to England always proves a tricky period. The recent Pro League conclusion has suggested as much: seventh place with five wins from 14, while England have fallen short of expectations in the last two World Cups.
Now, with three tournaments in three months – starting against India on Sunday at the Wagener Stadium – and the road to Paris 2024, Ralph will hope to put the fruits of his first months in the job into proper competition play.
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