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World Cup of Darts will be live on Sky Sports from 31 May

Monday, April 23rd 2018 by Emma Woollacott

Darts fans are in for a treat in a few weeks' time, with the World Cup of Darts due to air on Sky Sports from the end of May.

It will be shown at 7pm on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Action on May 31, and at 6pm on Sky Sports Action and 7pm on Sky Sports Main Event the following day.

The 32 competing nations were named last week - there's a list below. The knock-out tournament, to be held in Frankfurt, sees nations represented by two-player teams. They compete in a mixture of doubles and singles matches across the four days of the event.

We don't yet know which eight nations will be seeded for the first round draw, as they'll be chosen on the basis of how the country's players are ranked on the PDC Order of Merit on a certain date yet to come.

The tournament's likely to be pretty exciting. The Netherlands will defend their title, gained for the third time when Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld were crowned last June.

But there will be stiff competition from four-time World Cup winners England, as well as former finalists Australia, Wales, Belgium and Scotland.

Qualifying events have already taken place in some nations, so we know that England will have world champion Rob Cross in their team for the first time.

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Meanwhile, Brazil will be represented by Diogo Portela and Bruno Rangel, and Nandor Bezzeg and Tamas Alexits will compete for Hungary. Danish veteran Per Laursen will be partnered by tournament newcomer Henrik Primdal, while Kim Viljanen and Marko Kantele will compete for Finland again.

Daniel Larsson and Dennis Nilsson - a recent PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour event winner - will represent Sweden, meaning that Magnus Caris misses out on the competition for the first time.

Cody Harris - now based in the UK so that he can compete on the PDC circuit full-time - will partner Warren Parry, the top-ranked player on the DartPlayers New Zealand circuit, in the New Zealand team.

As we've seen, you can watch the tournament on both Sky Sports Action and Sky Main Event, which pulls together some of the biggest sporting events from the company's other channels. Both come as part of the Sky Sports package, which costs £20 a month from Sky.

You can also buy a Sky Sports Pass from Sky-owned NOW TV; a day pass costs £7.99, with a week priced at £12.99. And Sky Sports is also available with a TalkTalk Sky Sports Boost, as well as from Virgin Media and on BT TV.

Competing Nations

Australia

Austria

Belgium

Brazil - Diogo Portela & Bruno Rangel

Canada

China

Czech Republic

Denmark - Per Laursen & Henrik Primdal

England

Finland - Kim Viljanen & Marko Kantele

Germany

Gibraltar

Greece

Hong Kong

Hungary - Tamas Alexits & Nandor Bezzeg

Italy - Michel Furlani & Alessio Medaina

Japan

Netherlands

New Zealand - Cody Harris & Warren Parry

Northern Ireland

Poland

Republic of Ireland

Russia

Scotland

Singapore

South Africa - Devon Petersen & Liam O'Brien

Spain

Sweden - Daniel Larsson & Dennis Nilsson

Switzerland

Thailand

United States of America

Wales

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