Experienced Black Sticks Women's squad announced

Head coach of the New Zealand Black Sticks Women's team, Mark Hagar, has announced the 2015 National and Development squads.

The national side is said to be one of the most experienced teams ever named.

Former captain, Kayla Whitelock will make a return, after just recently having her first child. Defender, Emily Naylor as well as striker Charlotte Harrison will also be joining Whitelock.

Both the National and Development squads were announced today and a total of 24 players were chosen.

Those selected for the Development squad will be put to the test by national coaches over the next three months ahead of the naming of the 2016 Olympic team in late December.

According to Hockey New Zealand, 26-year-old Charlotte Harrison of Ngāpuhi descent has 183 test caps and since her debut in 2005 has scored 50 international goals – making her one of the top five New Zealand goal scorers of all time.

As presented on the Hockey New Zealand website, the 2015 Black Sticks Women's National squad is as followed:

2015 Black Sticks Women's Development squad: