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The inaugural World Masters was held in Perth, Western Australia in 2001.

Competing nations England, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia fought out an over-35's Men competition.

Australia beat England in the final of that competition and are therefore the current World Masters Champions.

New Zealand were unexpectedly (in the opinion of many) beaten out of a place in the final by England, and are keen to justify their belief that they are one of the top two teams in the world in this division.

England are keen to show that their second place was no fluke.

South Africa will be looking for improvement on their 2001 result--they recorded just one win, much to most people's surprise.

And after a successful inauguration into the World Cup scene last year, Sri Lanka will be looking to underscore that performance with a solid showing in this tournament.

Our expectations of this division are many--not the least being the chance that Sri Lanka might just sneak into a finals spot by finishing in the top three.

However, there is one unique aspect of the Over 35 Men's competition that could contribute to a surprise result--the large number of games each team has to play. Fitness and avoidance of injuries might end up playing a significant role in determining who makes the finals . . . and even on who ultimately wins this division.

New Zealand | Australia | South Africa | England | Sri Lanka

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