After a broken thumb at the Ford National Hockey League (New Zealand) this August, Auckland’s Rob Creffier wasn’t sure if he was going to get to the Hero Hockey Junior World Cup this month, let alone be named captain of the Junior Black Sticks’ side.
The 21-year-old midfielder said it was a real honour to be announced captain by Junior Black Sticks head coach Grant Edwards and is looking forward to leading the team onto the field this Friday when they play their first game against Malaysia in New Delhi (Full Schedule here).
“It is a really privileged position, when I’m on field I like to lead by example by being disciplined and having a high work rate and hopefully that encourages others to follow. I think that discipline carries off the field as well. As a team we have recognised the job we are trying to do and now we just need to do it the best we can,” says Creffier who also captained Auckland’s Under-21 team to victory in 2013, which was the first time the team had won in 14 years. Continue reading →