Good luck in New Zealand!
An Irish team will kick off the day at the KihiKihi Polo Club by facing a New Zealand Team at 1pm local time.
The team is below:
The International Test Match will then be played at 3pm local time, the team as below will face New Zealand.
The line up is yet to be confirmed but will probably be:
|James Harper (Capt)||(6)|
|Reserves:||Nina Clarkin (4) Ed Hitchman (4)|
A bit more about the players…
- Jack Richardson
6 goals, 25-years-old
Jack started playing polo at the age of 4 in the grounds of Knepp Castle Polo Club, where he grew up. Having illustrated great potential and natural talent from a young age he made the decision to turn professional when he was 15-years-old. He has since represented his country a number of times, both at home and abroad, including the 2016 Coronation Cup Test Match at Guards Polo Club. Jack is one of the greatest English players and consequently has featured in the UK high goal a number of times, his most recent appearance being with George Pearson’s Cowdray Vikings team.
- Ollie Cudmore
5 goals, 27-years-old
Ollie spent his early years in his father’s native Australia and it wasn’t until his family moved over to England when he was 6-years-old that he had his first go at the sport. Ollie’s first experience of the game was playing Pony Club Polo where he represented the Cotswold Hunt in every level. Having an Australian father and English mother, Ollie has the choice to represent either nation; however he says as far as sport is concerned he is always an English supporter. Ollie first represented England in 2012 and has represented them on many occasions since then.
- Max Charlton
7 goals, 26-years-old
Max’s polo career started under the tutelage of the late Paul Sweeney at Ash Farm in Berkshire when Max was 12-years-old. He since went on to become the youngest rated 7 goal player, and is now in fact the only Englishman to hold a 7 goal handicap. As well as being an accomplished outdoor player, Max holds a 9 goal handicap in Arena Polo, making him one of the highest rated English Arena Polo players too. Max made his debut for the England team in 2013 and like his teammates has continued to represented his country regularly in recent years.
- James Harper (Capt)
6 goals, 37-years-old
Like many of his fellow English polo professionals, ‘Harps’ first experience of the sport came thanks to Pony Club Polo. His first real test came a few years later when, at the age of 16, he was forced to choose between polo and rugby. He has later explained that his decision was made due to the fact that polo would allow him to have the opportunity to breed, create, produce and work with top quality horses. Harps has represented his country and number of times and he says that any occasion when he puts on an England shirt is a career highlight.