Liam Sanford became the first-ever current Team Bath Buccaneers men’s player to represent England Hockey at senior level as he helped his country to a 5-2 win over South Africa in Cape Town.
The talented full-back, who has been selected for England’s Lottery-funded central programme after impressing in trials, made his debut from the bench during Thursday’s impressive victory.
National coach Bobby Crutchley, a University of Bath Hall of Fame for Sport inductee and former Team Bath Buccaneers Head Coach, said: “We’re very pleased with the win and the team put in some excellent spells in the game.
“Unsurprisingly we were a little inconsistent, the group are learning about international hockey, but it was nice to pick up a victory.”
England will play South Africa again and face Germany twice during the week-long tour, which is a key part of their preparations for this summer’s Hockey World League Semi-Final in London.
Pictured top is the victorious England men’s squad featuring Liam Sanford (back, fourth from left) and Peter Scott (back right).