The New Zealand Paddle Blacks have had mixed results on their European tour as a warmup to the world championships in Poland which start next week.
The squad is made up of players mostly from Manawatu, with captain James Mitchell, Anthony Barendsen, Justin Tate, Mike Cook, Eric Gurden and Cam Gurney in the squad. David Isaacs and Jed Graham are the only players not from Manawatu.
The Junior Paddle Blacks have a Manawatu contingent with Nevan Hadley and Connor Sellwood.
The Paddle Blacks were fourth at the Gekko International tournament in Ghent, Belgium and were sixth at the De Paddel tournament.
The Junior Paddle Blacks were ninth at the Gekko International in Ghent and won the De Paddel tournament.
New Zealand is ranked fifth in the world and faces tough competition against the top 24 teams in the world.
France are the world champions and the other major contenders at the championships are Great Britain, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands.
The senior men are in pool D with the United States, Poland, Switzerland, Denmark and Finland.
The Junior men are in pool B with Poland and France.
The New Zealand senior women are in pool D with the United States and Denmark, while the New Zealand under-21 women play Great Britain, Canada, Germany, France, Poland and Japan.
Paddle Blacks: James Mitchell (captain), Jed Graham, Anthony Barendsen, Justin Tate, Mike Cook, Eric Gurden, Cam Gurney, David Isaacs.
Junior Paddle Blacks: Mitch Graham (captain), Jayden Matthews, Liam Barendsen, Conor Sellwood, Martyn Pearson, Nevan Hadley, Matt Keong, Alex Lowen.
- Manawatu Standard
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