Bhubaneswar — Danny Newcombe knows only too well the tight margins in making it to hockey’s top events. “We could easily be at home watching the World Cup on BT Sport,” says the Welsh coach.
And when he tells The Hockey Paper that “we are on a bit of a journey”, it is some understatement, which ramps up a further notch on their biggest day yet against hosts India and 15,000 inside the Kalinga Stadium.
Seven years ago Wales men were in the EuroHockey C Division playing at a local park in Lisbon. “Suddenly we are playing in front of 20,000 people at a World Cup. It is phenomenal what the boys have done,” adds Newcombe, who took over from Zak Jones, now an England assistant coach.
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