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Article: Power gunnin^ for Five Nations

Power gunnin^ for Five Nations

DARTS bosses are ready to ditch the Jocky Wilson Cup - and replace it with a Five Nations showdown next year.

The Professional Darts Corporation want to stage a more extensive home internationals tournament featuring Scotland, England, Wales, Ireland and Holland.

The idea has been backed by top stars including Phil Taylor, Robert Thornton and Raymond van Barneveld.

After helping England to their 6-0 win over Scotland at Braehead, Taylor admitted: "The format was tough on Scotland. Facing James Wade and I was always going to be hard.

"We need to have bigger teams, and more teams, involved.

"The great thing is that now Scotland have a strong side we have the opportunity to get a few countries together.

"I think the Scots need a bit more strength in depth to live with England and Holland but they will get that."

World No 2 Barney also thinks the PDC should go one better than Scotland v England and put on a darts European Championship.

He added: "It^s great Scotland now have good players. But it would be even better to have a few teams of four players from England, Holland, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

"However, it would be hard for me to play for Holland against Scotland - I couldn^t upset the Scots!"

Thornton, who showed excellent form in the defeat by England, also reckons Scotland need to find more players.

He said: "Gary Anderson and I are happy to have come this far this quick and put Scotland back on the map.

"But we need more players coming through. Chris Loudon is playing not bad but we have terrific guys in county darts who don^t realise they could make the step up.

"Scotland needs some sort of steady flow of new players.

"If we had just a couple more youngsters we could become a major force in world darts on a team level.

"I^d love to play a Five Nations. England would still be favourites but we could give anyone else a run for their money.

"Holland would be a good team and Wales have an ex-world champ in Mark Webster, while Ireland are pretty decent too, it would be a terrific event if we played in each country."

The Thorn believes no other country could have done better than the Scots pair against England in the Jocky Wilson Cup.

He insisted: "Not even Barney and Holland could have lived with Taylor and Wade when they are in form and playing that well.

"Gary and I were hitting good averages but their checking out is frighteningly good - they give you no chances at all.

"But it was still great experience for us and hopefully that will make us sharper for the world championships."

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Story By: The Sun

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