England will face an all-South American team sponsored by Air Europa for the International Polo Match, due to take place on the opening day of this year’s Chestertons Polo in the Park on June 5.
The game between England and South America marks a poignant moment in sporting history as it will be the first time an international match has been played at Hurlingham Park, Fulham since 1939.
England has had a long associated sporting rivalry with South Americans when it comes to polo so this match promises to be fiercely competitive.
South American countries have dominated the Polo World Championships since they started in 1987 and all the current top 10 ranked players in the world are either from Argentina or Uruguay.
Meyrick, who will be a member of the England team, said: “This will be undoubtedly a fantastic match. The South American side will be made up of some seriously strong players. However, an England Team in front of a home crowd should never be underestimated. It’s going to be one of the highlight polo matches of this season.”
Now in its seventh year, Polo in the Park has simplified rules and a smaller playing field, aiming to take polo to a brand new audience.
England international polo player George Meyrick has become a brand ambassador for Land Rover Defender specialist, Twisted Automotive.
The 27-year-old will feature in the company’s marketing this year, and will be an ambassador for the brand at tournaments around the world, which typically run alongside luxurious social events.
Meyrick, whose burgeoning career has reached new levels this year, explained: “I fell in love with Twisted when I visited the factory to buy one of the new T Models. The attention to detail and quality impressed me. I saw the passion of their team and it really mirrors the focus I bring to my sport. I am looking forward to working with Twisted to bring their unique vehicles to a new audience.”
Commenting on the deal Alex Duckett, operations director at Twisted said: “Twisted is launching a new range of four models as the Defender enters its final nine months of production. It is important to put both our brand and product in front of an exclusive audience, so an association with polo – the sport of kings – is a great fit for us. Having George work with us is an ideal partnership and we look forward to working with him as our brand ambassador.”
Based in North Yorkshire, Twisted has built an international reputation for quality engineering and a creative approach. Twisted specialise in taking the standard Defender and making extensive modifications to achieve a fundamentally better vehicle whilst maintaining it’s original integrity and style. It can spend over 300 hours improving everything from simple bolts, to full engine rebuilds and luxury interiors designed around the customer’s individual requirements.
Twisted has launched its next-generation range of Land Rover Defenders. Sales are limited and the company has already taken orders from around the world, as interest in the iconic vehicle peaks in its final year of manufacture. The range starts at a cool £33,099 + VAT for Twisted’s entry level T40, a take on the much loved Defender 90 Hard Top.
What is clearly encouraging is that British brands are emerging to invest in home-grown players.