World Cup of Darts

World Cup of Darts News

The elite stars from 32 nations head to Salzburg for the annual World Cup of Darts.

The top two players from each nation will battle it out across three days for £350,000 in prize money as the unique invitational heads to Austria behind closed doors.

With Peter Wright and Gary Anderson both having opted out of this year’s tournament, Scotland’s title defence falls into the hands of John Henderson and Robert Thornton.

England, who claimed this title on four occasions thanks to Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis, are seeded number one as Michael Smith and Rob Cross partner up once again.

Netherlands have also lifted this trophy four times and will see world number one Michael van Gerwen partnered for the first time by former Lakeside finalist Danny Noppert.

World Grand Prix champion Gerwyn Price and fellow top 16 star Jonny Clayton link up for second seeds Wales, while Daryl Gurney and Brendan Dolan are seeded fourth for Northern Ireland.

William O’Connor and Steve Lennon look to replicate last year’s run to the final for the Republic of Ireland, while World Matchplay champion Dimitri Van den Bergh and Kim Huybrechts team up for former finalists Belgium.

Australia, the 2012 runners-up, are represented by Simon Whitlock and Autumn Series event winner Damon Heta, as José de Sousa features for debutants Portugal alongside José Marques.

The tournament runs from November 6-8 at the Salzburgarena in Salzburg, Austria.