Russia won gold at the London 2012 Olympic Games, while Poland claimed the world crown in front of their home fans in 2014. At the most recent World Cup in 2011, Russia won gold and Poland claimed silver, while the then world champions Brazil won bronze.
The World Cup takes place across Japan from September 8 – 23 and features 12 sides made up from the world and continental champions, the host nation, the four highest ranked runners-up from the confederations and two wildcard teams.
FIVB Volleyball World League champions USA lead the way in Pool, which takes place in Hiroshima. John Speraw’s team will face hosts Japan, World League silver medallists Italy, Australia, Canada and the African Championship runners-up.
There are 30 matches in the first and second rounds, which takes place over five days. Teams are divided into two pools of six teams. In the third and fourth rounds teams play three other teams they had not previously played over six days and 36 matches. At the end of the competition the medals go to the top three teams, who also earn a place at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games.
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