SA polo team challenges England in Coronation Cup

The South African polo team takes on England in a highly anticipated showcase match at the Audi International Polo event at Guards Polo Club, Windsor, on Sunday 22 July. There has been much interest in who would play for the visitors as South Africa has, in recent years, been developing some outstanding players and are expected to put up a strong performance.

The South African Polo Association has just announced that Stuart Erskine (7 goals), known in the polo world as “Sugar”, will captain the visiting team. He will be joined by the talented eight-goaler Ignus du Plessis, who is currently in action for the Zacara team in the British Open Championships, his younger brother Jean du Plessis (6) and Chris MacKenzie (5). Reserve is Tom de Bruin, who played so well for Clarita Black when winning the Royal Windsor Cup at Guards Polo Club recently.

However the South Africans will have to be at the top of their game as England will be fielding one of its strongest and most experienced teams for many years. England has won the Coronation Cup for the past two years – defeating New Zealand in 2010 and Brazil in 2011.

They will be looking for a third win, especially as the home side comprehensively defeated South Africa in their previous encounter in this match, which took place in 1994.

England will once again be led by Luke Tomlinson (7 goals). He will be joined by James Beim (7), his brother Mark Tomlinson (6), and Malcolm Borwick (6). Both Luke and James have been on top form playing for the high-goal Salkeld team this year along with England team coach Jose Donoso. The England reserves are James Harper (6) and Max Routledge (5).

For the first time the Audi International will be a ticketed only event – enabling everyone attending the polo to have a fantastic view of some great sport.

Tickets start at £45 and are available on www.guardspoloclub.com