Roller Hawks off to Worlds

Adam Deans will join fellow Roller Hawks  Luke Pople and Nick Taylor  at the World Championships in South Korea from July 3-15.

Adam Deans will join fellow Roller Hawks Luke Pople and Nick Taylor at the World Championships in South Korea from July 3-15.

THREE Wollongong Roller Hawks stars have been included in a 12-man squad to defend Australia's title at the World Championships in South Korea from July 3-15.

Adam Deans, Luke Pople and Nick Taylor all made the final cut for the team, which also includes eight players who won silver at the London Paralympic Games. Former Roller Hawks captain Tristan Knowles, who now represents Victoria, is also part of the team.

The Australian squad was confirmed after an intensive four-day training camp at the Australian Paralympic headquarters, a facility shared with the Essendon AFL club.

Australian Rollers coach Ben Ettridge declared he had a group capable of defending the crown.

"When you look at the likes of Brad Ness, Justin Eveson, Shaun Norris, Tristan Knowles and Michael Hartnett, you've got a core group who have played more than 150 times for their country on the biggest stages our sport has to offer," Ettridge said.

"These players understand what it takes to succeed at a World Championships and Paralympics, and will provide the leadership and direction to our younger players."

They lead a new generation, with the chance to shine against European powerhouses Germany, Sweden and Italy in the group round, a pool dubbed the "group of death".

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