Adrian Lewis will partner darts legend Phil Taylor for a third successive year when England aim for a third bwin World Cup of Darts crown next month.
Jackpot and the 16-time global champion lifted the title in both 2012 and 2013, and will target glory again in Hamburg, Germany between June 6-8 as a bumper 32 nations battle for £200,000 prize money.
Two-player teams from Norway, France, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand and India will all make their debut in the PDC tournament alongside the established entrants.
World Champion Michael van Gerwen partners Raymond van Barneveld for a second year in the Dutch team.
Betway Premier League Darts debutant Peter Wright returns to the World Cup stage for Scotland alongside Robert Thornton, whose recent Players Championship double in Wigan saw him jump back into the top ten and secure a place ahead of Gary Anderson.
Welsh duo Mark Webster and Richie Burnett link up once again, with Brendan Dolan and Michael Mansell continuing their partnership for Northern Ireland and Ireland seeing Connie Finnan and William O’Connor travel to compete in Germany.
Simon Whitlock and Paul Nicholson once again represent Australia – having been the beaten finalists in 2012 – while three-time World Champion John Part is joined by emerging prospect Shaun Narain in the Canadian team.
Experienced duo Darin Young and Larry Butler will spearhead the American challenge, while last year’s beaten finalists, brothers Kim and Ronny Huybrechts, will again compete for Belgium.
The growth of top-class darts in Scandinavia is shown with the inclusion of Norway – represented by Robert Wagner and Vegar Elvevoll – alongside last year’s semi-finalists Finland and their rivals Sweden and Denmark.
Germany are again represented by Jyhan Artut and Andree Welge, with Mensur Suljovic joined in the Austrian team by Rowby-John Rodriguez, the PDC Unicorn World Youth Championship finalist.
World Championship star Devon Petersen will be partnered for South Africa by newcomer Graham Filby, who has been a strong performer on the domestic circuit, while Japanese pair Morihiro Hashimoto and Haruki Muramatsu team up once again.
The draw for the bwin World Cup of Darts will see the 16 seeded nations drawn against the other 16 teams for the knockout first round, with the tournament then progressing in a bracket format. The draw will be made on Thursday.
See bwin World Cup star Adrian Lewis at one of the biggest darts events of the year!
Jackpot and Betway Premier League Darts colleague Dave Chisnall top the Lock, Stock and Three Smoking Arrows bill at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena on Saturday 27 September that also boasts darts legends Eric Bristow, Keith Deller and Bobby George.
Hosted by leading darts firm UK Sports Management, current PDC professionals Justin Pipe, Kevin Painter, Colin Lloyd and Steve Beaton will also appear alongside Sky Sports’ Wayne Mardle – all introduced by MC Russ Bray.
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