England and South America name polo stars to play at Cowdray

The England team due to play South America at Cowdray this weekend -  l-r Luke Tomlinson, James Beim, Mark Tomlinson, Max Charlton

The England team due to play South America at Cowdray this weekend - l-r Luke Tomlinson, James Beim, Mark Tomlinson, Max Charlton

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The HPA and Cowdray Park Polo Club have announced the teams for this Saturday’s St Regis International Cup, which sees England take on South America in the first of the UK’s international matches of 2014 at Cowdray Park.

Leading the 26-goal handicap Audi England side is Luke Tomlinson, one of England’s two seven-goal players, who will play at back.

England’s other seven-goal professional, James Beim, has been called up to the No3 position.

At No2 is another seasoned international, Mark Tomlinson, playing off six goals. The No1 position is taken by talented 23-year-old player, Max Charlton (six goals), who made his debut for England at senior level in the St Regis International Cup in 2013.

With experience and a strong, evenly-balanced team, England are hoping to reverse the 2013 outcome when they lost 11-9 to South America.

The combined South American team will be captained by six-goal player Nacho Figueras, now returned to full fitness following a fractured pelvis sustained in last year’s St Regis International Cup.

He is joined by Guy Gibrat , playing off four goals at No1, Alejandro Novillo Astrada (eight goals) at No2 and Eduardo Novillo Astrada, at nine goals the highest ranked player in the match, in the No3 position, making up a 27-goal team.

A second match makes its debut at Cowdray Park after the St Regis Cup. The Family Traditions at St Regis Polo Cup will see St Regis Connoisseur Nacho Figueras back on the field alongside his 14-year-old son Hilario as they play for the St Regis side against Hurlingham, both teams featuring notable polo-playing family members.

Cowdray Park expects great spectator numbers for this exciting event. Tickets are £15 per head, under-12s go free. Arena-side picnic spots are available at £150 including ten entry tickets and parking for two cars.

A retail village with food and bars and a children’s mini funfair add to the attractions. Book online at www.cowdraypolo.co.uk or ring 01730 813257.