Birmingham Commonwealth Games: Newshub presenter Mike McRoberts catches up with Black Sticks co-captain Megan Hull at NZ House

New Zealand's Black Sticks women will start the Birmingham Commonwealth Games with a target on their backs, as defending gold medallists from Gold Coast 2018.

Their semi-final penalty shootout against England was one of the Kiwi highlights four years ago and victory over archrivals Australia in the final was especially sweet.

This is a very different squad, rebuilding after the disappointments of the Tokyo Olympics, where they were beaten by Netherlands in the quarter-finals.

Megan Hull will co-captain the side, with New Zealand's leading all-time goalscorer, Olivia Merry. 

"To be honest, I just think I'm so lucky to do it alongside Liv Merry, who is a wonder woman, and lucky to have such an incredible group of girls, who inspire me every day," she told Newshub presenter Mike McRoberts.

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