Kookaburras eye Rio spot

KOOKABURRAS head coach Graham Reid will use the World League semi-finals in Belgium next month to try to secure his side a place at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The top three teams from the 10 countries competing in Antwerp will automatically qualify for the Games.

"Our main objective is to qualify for the Olympics. To do that we've picked as strong a team as we could," Reid (pictured) said.

Of the 18 players in the squad, 14 were in Australia's World Cup-winning squad last year and 13 were part of the squad that won Commonwealth Games gold in Glasgow last August.

The line-up includes 36-year-old Jamie Dwyer, who overtook Jay Stacey's record of 321 games for Australia in the recent Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Malaysia.

The Kookaburras have drawn world top-10 sides India and Pakistan, as well as Poland and France, in Pool A.

They are likely to come up against highly ranked Belgium and Great Britain in the latter stages of the event.

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