Austin Ready for the Hockey India League

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Austin Smith – the South African hockey captain – will represent the Ranchi Rhinos in the first every Hockey India League (HIL) from 14 January till 10 February in India.

“What an exciting way to start the year, playing with some top class internationals and plenty of talented Indian players,” said Smith.

This new league – following the example of cricket’s IPL – is set to change the image of hockey worldwide. “The HIL is certainly and most importantly going to raise the profile of hockey. Big money attracts a lot of attention and given that India always put on an amazing show I'm sure it will do just that. …