Great Britain's women are currently on a tour in Argentina as part of preparation for the forthcoming Commonwealth Games. EG's Ellie Rayer and Laura Unsworth were included in the squad as well as former EG star, Sophie Bray. Read on...
Great Britain women have named their 20-strong squad which will travel to Rosario to take on Argentina in February.
The athletes will take on world number three side Argentina in a five-match Test series between the 10 and 17 February.
Captain Alex Danson is in line to make her 100th appearance for Great Britain while as many as eight others are set to make their GB debuts.
Amy Costello, Emily Defroand, Nicola Cochrane, Jo Hunter, Hannah Martin, Ellie Rayer, Rose Thomas and Anna Toman will all make their first appearances for Great Britain should they feature during the tour.
Head coach Danny Kerry is taking the opportunity to use this trip to widen the level of experience in his squad, with a large number of players set to make their GB debuts, while the experienced duo of Maddie Hinch and Lily Owsley are not selected as a result.
Kerry explained: "We have deliberately selected a GB squad, despite the proximity of the Commonwealth Games, to allow us to give experiential developmental opportunity of playing a world leading team to athletes early enough in the Olympic cycle.
"We look forward to seeing how those who will receive new GB caps rise to the opportunity and understand the developmental journey ahead.
"Argentina is my and for many of the squad, favourite place to go and play test match hockey. The crowds are passionate and knowledgeable and we are treated warmly by all."
During the tour so far, GB have suffered two defeats; 2:1 in the first match and 3:1 in the second. During that second match, Alex Danson won her 100th cap for Great Britain, but the match also saw a major milestone for East Grinstead's Rayer who scored her first GB goal.
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Full Squad 1. Giselle Ansley 2. Sophie Bray 3. Nicola Cochrane 4. Amy Costello 5. Alex Danson (C) 6. Emily Defroand 7. Sarah Haycroft 8. Jo Hunter 9. Hannah Martin 10. Shona McCallin 11. Hollie Pearne-Webb 12. Ellie Rayer 13. Sarah Robertson 14. Zoe Shipperley 15. Rose Thomas 16. Anna Toman 17. Susannah Townsend 18. Laura Unsworth 19. Ellie Watton 20. Nicola White
Fixtures (GMT)10 February - 9.30pm11 February - 9.30pm14 February - 9.30pm17 February - 12:00am17 February - 9.30pm
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