The pools and schedule for the 2018 Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup in Bhubaneswar has been released by the International Hockey Federation (FIH).
The 16 national men’s teams qualified for the event, including the Vantage Black Sticks, now know who they will face in this year’s pinnacle event from 28 November – 16 December in the eastern Indian city.
New Zealand (world ranking 9th) is joined in Pool A by reigning Olympic champions Argentina (2nd), Spain (8th) and France (18th).
The Kiwis will open their World Cup campaign against France at 7:00pm on Thursday 29th November (local time).
ODISHA HOCKEY MEN’S WORLD CUP POOLS
WORLD CUP SCHEDULE – NEW ZEALAND GAMES (all in local time)
Thursday 29th November
7:00pm – Vantage Black Sticks vs France
Monday 3rd December
7:00pm – Vantage Black Sticks vs Argentina
Thursday 6th December
5:00pm – Vantage Black Sticks vs Spain
Monday 10th & Tuesday 11th December
Wednesday 12th & Thursday 13th December
Saturday 15th December
Sunday 16th December