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HWL Final: India placed in tough Pool B

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HWL Final: India placed in tough Pool B Representative image

New Delhi: Hosts India are placed in a tough Pool B along side current world champions Australia and reigning Olympic bronze medalists Germany in the men's Hockey World League (HWL) Final to be held in Bhubaneswar from December 1 to 10.

Besides India, World League champions Australia and Germany, Pool B also features seventh-placed England, who are the reigning bronze medalists in the Euro Hockey Nations Championship.

India will open their campaign against the mighty Kookaburras on December 1 before taking on England (December 2) and Germany (December 4).

Pool A, meanwhile, consists of Olympic champions Argentina, European champions the Netherlands, Olympic silver medalists Belgium and Spain.

European rivals Germany and England will get the event off at the Kalinga Stadium before the India- Australia duel.

In what is being billed as 'Super Saturday', December 2 is set to be a thriller with some eagerly anticipated matches scheduled.

A rerun of the 2016 Olympic gold medal match between Argentina and Belgium gets the day underway in a match that is bound to rekindle some fond memories from that special night in Rio just over a year ago.

The Pool stages will run from December 1 to 5 and will be followed by the quarterfinals on December 6 and 7.

Following that classification matches, semifinals will take place over the next two days before the bronze medal match and final on December 10.

Pool A: Argentina, Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain

Pool B: Australia, India, Germany, England

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