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England will begin their World Cup defence against Spain when the World Cup of Darts begins in Frankfurt next month, whilst two-time winners Netherlands will take on Russia.
The tournament will be held from June 2-5 at the Eissporthalle in Frankfurt, where 32 nations – each represented by two players – will compete across four days in a knockout pairs format.
Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis will once again represent England, as they look to secure their fourth World Cup triumph in five years. They will face Spain, who memorably defeated Taylor and Wade in the inaugural staging of the competition back in 2010.
Netherlands will take on Russia in their opening match, whilst Scotland, who reached the final of last year’s event, will meet New Zealand. Belgium, runners-up back in 2013, will take on Poland, whilst former finalists Wales lock horns against Finland.
One of the ties of the first-round sees host-nation Germany take on Australia, who were finalists in 2012. Northern Ireland will play Japan, whilst the other seeded nation Austria, will meet Italy.
Former world champion Jelle Klaasen has released a statement confirming that he will be unavailable for selection for the upcoming World Cup of Darts, due to personal commitments.
Klaasen admitted he was very disappointed to be missing out on the 2016 competition, but said: ‘I would like to wish the Netherlands’ representatives the very best of luck in the competition.’
Klaasen has recently overtaken five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld on the PDC Order of Merit, subsequently becoming the second highest-ranked Dutch player in the world. Van Barneveld began the year in 9th position, but he has decided not to compete in Pro Tour events until September due to his hectic schedule.
This enabled Klaasen to overtake Barney on the Order of Merit, and with RvB not competing in the upcoming Players Championship double-header in Coventry, the 49-year-old would not be able to overtake Klaasen before the cut-off.