World Cup of Darts 2019 Teams: Wattimena to partner Van Gerwen for Netherlands

Jermaine Wattimena is set for his debut (credit:PDC Europe)

The teams for the 2019 PDC World Cup of Darts have been confirmed, with Jermaine Wattimena and Michael Smith set to make their debuts in the 32-nation tournament.

The ninth staging of the unique invitational will see 32 nations competing from June 6-9 at the Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, featuring a combination of Doubles and Singles matches.

Reigning champions Netherlands will see World Champion Michael van Gerwen partnered by debutant Wattimena - who has moved above four-time World Cup winner Raymond van Barneveld on the Order of Merit to become the second highest ranked Dutchman.

Four-time champions England will be represented by world number two Rob Cross, making his second World Cup appearance, and World Championship finalist Michael Smith.

Two-time runners-up Scotland will see Gary Anderson and Peter Wright team up for a fifth time, while 2018 semi-finalists Australia see Simon Whitlock and Kyle Anderson compete together for a fourth consecutive year.

Grand Slam champion Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton pair up for a second time for Wales, while Players Championship Finals winner Daryl Gurney links up for a fourth year running with Brendan Dolan for Northern Ireland.

The Republic of Ireland will be represented by Steve Lennon and recent Players Championship event winner William O'Connor, while the Belgian team sees 2013 runner-up Kim Huybrechts joined again by World Youth Champion Dimitri Van den Bergh.

Hosts Germany see Max Hopp and Martin Schindler continue the partnership which has seen them reach the quarter-finals for the past two years, and Mensur Suljovic is joined in the Austrian team by Zoran Lerchbacher.

Spain's Cristo Reyes and Toni Alcinas and Finland's Marko Kantele and Kim Viljanen maintain their partnerships from 2018, while Karel Sedlacek is joined in the Czech Republic team by Pavel Jirkal.

Sweden's Magnus Caris is set to bow out of professional darts after making his eighth World Cup of Darts appearance and is partnered by Dennis Nilsson.

Denmark's Per Laursen maintains his ever-present record in the World Cup as he partners debutant Niels Heinsøe, while America's Darin Young is also making a ninth World Cup appearance and will team up with debutant Chuck Puleo.

Canada's Dawson Murschell is joined by Jim Long, who sits third on the CDC rankings in North America and also competed in the 2019 World Championship.

New Zealand's Cody Harris is joined by DPNZ number one Haupai Puha, while Russia's Boris Koltsov is partnered by Aleksei Kadochnikov from the EADC rankings.

Lithuania, who replace Switzerland in this year's event, make their debut in the event as emerging star Darius Labanauskas links up with Mindauskas Barauskas.

South Africa's Devon Petersen will link up with qualifier Vernon Bouwers, Diogo Portela is joined in the Brazil team by Artur Valle and Hungary's Pal Szekely is partnered by Janos Vegso.

China's qualifiers were youngsters Xiaochen Zong and Qingyu Zhan, with Dyson Parody extending his ever-present record for Gibraltar alongside debutant Anthony Lopez.

Italian pair Andrea Micheletti and Stefano Tomassetti won through a qualifier to represent their country, while Greek ace John Michael partners Veniamin Symeonidis for a second successive year.

Legendary star Paul Lim is partnered for Singapore by Harith Lim for a sixth successive year, while 2018 quarter-finalists Japan are again represented by Seigo Asada and World Cup ever-present Haruki Muramatsu.

PDC Asian Tour Order of Merit leader Royden Lam is partnered for Hong Kong by Kai Fan Leung, while the Philippines' return to the World Cup sees them represented by Lourence Ilagan and Noel Malicdem.

There are eight seeded nations based on the cumulative PDC ranking of the two players, with England seeded number one ahead of Scotland.

The draw for the BetVictor World Cup of Darts will be made on Thursday May 16.


World Cup of Darts 2019 - Nations & Competing Players


England (1) - Rob Cross & Michael Smith
Scotland (2) - Gary Anderson & Peter Wright
Wales (3) - Gerwyn Price & Jonny Clayton
Netherlands (4) - Michael van Gerwen & Jermaine Wattimena
Australia (5) - Simon Whitlock & Kyle Anderson
Northern Ireland (6) - Daryl Gurney & Brendan Dolan
Belgium (7) - Kim Huybrechts & Dimitri Van den Bergh
Austria (8) - Mensur Suljovic & Zoran Lerchbacher
Brazil - Diogo Portela & Artur Valle
Canada - Dawson Murschell & Jim Long
China - Xiaochen Zong & Qingyu Zhan
Czech Republic - Pavel Jirkal & Karel Sedlacek
Denmark - Per Laursen & Niels Heinsøe
Finland - Marko Kantele & Kim Viljanen
Germany - Max Hopp & Martin Schindler
Gibraltar - Dyson Parody & Antony Lopez
Greece - John Michael & Veniamin Symeonidis
Hong Kong - Royden Lam & Kai Fan Leung
Hungary - Pal Szekely & Janos Vegso
Italy - Andrea Micheletti & Stefano Tomassetti
Japan - Seigo Asada & Haruki Muramatsu
Lithuania - Darius Labanauskas & Mindauskas Barauskas
New Zealand - Cody Harris & Haupai Puha
Philippines - Lourence Ilagan & Noel Malicdem
Poland - Krzysztof Ratajski & Tytus Kanik
Republic of Ireland - Steve Lennon & William O'Connor
Russia - Boris Koltsov & Aleksei Kadochnikov
Singapore - Paul Lim & Harith Lim
South Africa - Devon Petersen & Vernon Bouwers
Spain - Cristo Reyes & Toni Alcinas
Sweden - Dennis Nilsson & Magnus Caris
United States of America - Darin Young & Chuck Puleo


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