Sunday, August 3, 2014

New Zealand captain Dean Couzins announces retirement

New Zealand men's hockey captain Dean Couzins has announced his retirement from international hockey after his side lost the bronze medal play-off game against England 2-4 in a penalty shootout after both teams played out a thrilling 3-3 draw.

Couzins – one of the solid fullbacks in the Black Sticks backline – represented his country in three Olympics – 2004, 2008 and 2012. The seasoned defender made his senior international debut in 2001 against Malaysia and made 318 international appearances - he is Black Sticks' second most capped player after Phil Burrows.

The 33-year-old seasoned defender played in four World Cups – 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014 as well as three Commonwealth Games – 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2012 editions.

Couzins will be sorely missed by New Zealand in the 2016 Rio Olympics, where they will bid to corner glory – the only time they won gold was at the 1976 Montreal Olympics.

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