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CWG 2018: India in pool with England, Pakistan 

New Delhi, Nov 28 (IANS) The Indian mens hockey team is in “a tough pool” with England, Pakistan, Malaysia and Wales for next years Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast, Australia, it was announced on Tuesday.

The Indian women’s team will face-off with England, South Africa, Malaysia and Wales in Pool A. 

Each team will play every other team within the pool in the preliminary matches from April 5 to 11 before the top two teams in each pool advance to the semi-finals and medal round matches from April 12 to 14.

While the Indian women’s team will play its first match against Wales on April 5, the men’s team will take on Pakistan in their first Pool B match on April 7 at the Gold Coast Hockey Centre.

The men’s team finished runners-up to Australia in the past two editions.

Men’s team coach Sjoerd Marijne said: “It is a tough Pool but we are looking forward to the challenge. We are playing England and Australia here at the Hockey World League. So this experience will help us in our preparations for the Commonwealth Games. 

“The group stage will definitely witness close contest,” he added.

Sanctioned by the International Hockey Federation (FIH), Tuesday’s announcement saw the 10 competing nations in both men’s and women’s sections divided into two pools of five based on the FIH World Rankings. 

The teams have been divided in a snaking pattern to evenly spread competing nations across both pools. 

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