England and South Africa to play Polo in the Park

england1England will compete for the second year running at Hurlingham this summer when the quartet take on South Africa as part of a three-day festival of the sport in London.

Last year saw an England side overcome South America at the famous Fulham venue for the first time since 1939 and confirmation of this year’s event on June 3 is welcome given the lack of international polo – and against top-class opposition – in recent years.

England’s James Beim said: “Last year’s International match had an unbelievable atmosphere. To have support from the crowds and playing at the original home of polo was a really wonderful experience.

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“It’s an absolute privilege to be back again and this year we are determined to defeat Team South Africa and take the trophy home.”

With Guards Polo Club yet to announce any details on its annual International match in July, the Hurlingham date is thus far the only confirmed Test match to take place in the UK.

Managing Director of Sportgate International, Rory Heron, said: “We’re really excited to welcome the South African players and are looking forward to seeing lots of South African expats at Chestertons Polo in the Park supporting their home team.

“It’s going to be an adrenaline fuelled match between two great teams with so much polo heritage battling out for the Hurlingham Olympic trophy.”

The match, officially sanctioned by the Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA), plays a significant part in polo heritage as the rules of the game were originally founded at Hurlingham Park in 1875.

The International match will be played under the City Polo format. The rules have been simplified so that spectators will be able to follow the fast pace of the modern game without needing any prior knowledge of the sport.

The International match forms part of a three-day event which has firmly established itself as one of the most anticipated and sought after summer social events.

Tickets for Chestertons Polo in the Park start at just £10 and can be purchased from www.ticketmaster.co.uk. For more information visit www.polointheparklondon.com.


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