60 seconds with England polo player Malcolm Borwick

borwick2_3469303bA regular series starts with Englishman Malcolm Borwick and his 20-year career in the sport.

When did you start playing?
In the pony club, aged 11. It was a summer thing for three weeks. I picked up a scholarship when I was 18 through the Hurlingham Polo Association, on the fast track development scheme, and that opened my eyes to better levels of polo.
I was using it as summer job to pay for university and I never envisaged it would lead to full-time.
Funniest moment?
It’s hard over a 20-year career, but perhaps playing for England v Rest of the World in Argentina. One of the world’s best ever players, Memo Gracida, scored an own goal from the throw in (i.e. he took the ball the wrong way down the field).
All us England team-mates were behind him, pretending to hook him and knowing he was going the wrong way. We won the game 11-10.

My dream team. . .
Marcus Heguy at back. Adolfo Cambiaso at No 1. Gonzalo Heguy at No 2. Gonazlo Pieres at No 3.
Beer or Pimm’s?
Actually, I love a Royal Salute with water, any time of the day.
What would be the greatest change in polo?
A rule brought in that would prevent third player interference. So when you have a player going to challenge an opponent, you can’t have a third player coming in to make a block.


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