Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Hockey World Cup 2023: ‘We are getting closer and I think we owe England one now’

Wales men may be short of funding but at least they will have their names emblazoned on the back of their shirts as they enter uncharted waters on Friday with a first ever World Cup game here in Rourkela. It hasn’t always been like this in Welsh sport. Take a recent conversation co-captain Rupert Shipperley had with Paralympic great Tanny Grey-Thompson in a Hockey Wales send-off in Cardiff last week.

“She said that she wished she had something with a shirt and a name on it,” Shipperley told The Hockey Paper. “When she was competing she had a shirt and a number and she would write her own name on it. She said for us to cherish the moments.”

Wales are certainly experiencing a different build-up like never before, even in the face of funding issues. Last month, Wales had the rare luxury of playing a series of warm weather warm-up matches before a major tournament for the first time. It also served to highlight the path that this Welsh team have chosen.

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