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  • Getting stick from the neighbours...

    An unexpected gift led to Rachel Dawson's long career as a hockey star

    Rachel Dawson is a stalwart of the USA team. With 233 caps to her credit, she has played for her country since 2005. Rachel quickly made her mark on the international hockey scene, in 2006 she was one of six athletes nominated for the World Hockey Women's Young Player of the Year and she has gone on to collect the National Player of the Year award in 2007 and the Olympic Qualifier Player of the Tournament in 2008.  x 2 More

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    Four nations provides warm-up opportunity for World Cup hopefuls

    Teams travel to Germany for last minute preparations

    With just 14 days until the start of the Rabobank Hockey World Cup, four men's teams and four women's teams are currently playing round robin tournaments in Germany. The competitions started yesterday (Friday 16 May) and will finish on Sunday.  x 3 More

  • Speaking a common language

    With 15 nations across five continents represented at the Rabobank Hockey World Cup, there could be some language barriers to cross

    Five continents are represented at The Rabobank Hockey World Cup and, while sport is often said to be a universal language, there can be misinterpretations. More

  • Debutantes prepare for their World Cup challenge

    For two umpires, it is just 15 days until they to the pitch for the biggest appointments of their career

    In two weeks time Laurine Delforge and Javed Shaikh will be making their debut appearances on the biggest stage in hockey as they prepare to take charge at the Rabobank Hockey World Cup. Both umpires have umpired on the international stage for a number of years, but this is something else.  x 133 More

  • Full of Eastern promise

    The Asian continent has three teams in both the men's and the women's World Cup. We take a peek at all of them.

    Our attention turns to Asia, and the impact countries such as India, Malaysia, Korea, China and Japan may have upon the World Cup. Some of these countries have a long history of involvement in major tournaments, for others it is new territory.   More

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    Meet the men for the FIH’s Athletes’ Committee elections

    A closer look at 15 of the 21 candidates that are up for nomination for the FIH Athletes’ Committee elections

    A closer look at 15 of the 21 candidates that are up for nomination for the FIH Athletes’ Committee elections, set to take place during the Rabobank Hockey World Cup in June.   More

  • Rabobank Hockey World Cup Facebook contest winner announced!

    Congratulations to Christiaan Bester who wins tickets for two to the Rabobank Hockey World Cup

    We are pleased to congratulate Christian Bester as our lucky winner. Christiaan’s originates and currently resides in South Africa and is eager to support his favourite hockey team, the New Zealand Black Sticks, in person thanks to our friends at ParkHotel Den Haag and Cheap Tickets. More

  • Super seven – the USA's 'old-timers'

    Long-serving players are looking to build on recent success in Glasgow

    While Team USA come into the Rabobank Hockey World Cup with a squad that has a lot of players who have not played on the big stage with the regularity of a Maartja Paumen or a Luciana Aymar, the team does consist of a core of players who have been together for a long time.   More

  • Physicality is the name of the game for Captain Crandall

    The USA arrive on the World Cup stage with renewed confidence after triumph in Glasgow.

    When you have more than 220 caps for your country and have played at the top level for more than nine years, it must sometimes be difficult to stay motivated. The hours of training, the miles of travel, the reels of video analysis – doesn't it all become, well, just a little "samey"? Captain of the USA women's team Lauren Crandall looks at me in amazement. "No," she says emphatically.   More

  • Hockey hits the sand for World Beach Hockey Festival

    Also happening in the Hague will be the World Beach Hockey Festival from 13th to 15th June

    Not only will the Rabobank Hockey World Cup feature some of the best hockey has to offer on the turf in The Hague but the beach at Scheveningen will also be the backdrop for the World Beach Hockey Festival. Across five Beach Hockey pitches, a stadium for 2000 spectators, lots of sand, sunshine and music this will be the place to be from 13th to 15th of June.  x 166 More

  • Meet the team... Team USA prepare to make their mark on the Rabobank Hockey World Cup

    Will hard work pay off for Crandall and co?

    "We are a team that works as hard as we can everyday, because we know that what we do on a Tuesday or a Wednesday any week in Pennsylvania will pay off when it comes to a big tournament." More

  • Breaking down language barriers

    The Korea women's captain might not speak English, but she is clear about her medal ambitions

    Kim Jong Eun, the Korea women's captain, has always loved sport. From an early age she wanted to get involved in every sport going, and her first love as a child was handball. It was an injury that forced her to turn to hockey.   More

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