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Hosts India will take on lower-ranked Spain in the men*s Hockey World Cup opener at the newly-built Birsa Munda International Stadium in Rourkela on the opening day on January 13. Tokyo Olympics bronze medallists India, who are currently World No.5 in the FIH rankings, are clubbed alongside England (6), Spain (8) and World Cup debutants Wales (16) in pool D.
India will play their second match in Rourkela, against on England on January 15, before moving to the capital city of Bhubaneswar, where they will face Wales in their final group match on January 19.
Pool A is headed up by World No.1 Australia, who got the bronze medal at the last World Cup in 2018. They were drawn along with 2016 Olympic champions Argentina, France and African champions South Africa. Reigning world champions Belgium are the top seed and they were drawn in Pool B along with 2006 winners Germany, Korea and Japan.
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