Global Ambassador Fred Mannix is to captain the GT Bank Commonwealth Team in their annual International match against the Flannels England Team for the Royal Salute Coronation Cup at Guards Polo Club on Saturday 29 July.
Winners of this prestigious trophy in 2016, with an almost unchanged, 26-goal team, the GT Bank-sponsored Commonwealth team will again be captained by Hurlingham Polo 1875 global ambassador and Canadian International Fred Mannix Jnr. He will be joined by Pakistan professional Hissam Ali Hyder, a Board Director at Guards Polo Club, and John Paul Clarkin, the New Zealand Captain, both of whom played last year. The only change to Commonwealth team line-up from last year is that Australian five-goaler Dirk Gould has replaced South African Chris Mackenzie who is unable to play.
The HPA have also named the 25-goal team that will represent Flannels England.
James Beim, who is currently having a superb high-goal season with El Remanso, will captain the England polo team for the third time, with this year being his 10th as a member of the England team. Max Charlton, the UK’s highest handicapped player, currently rated at seven goals, retains his England shirt along with James Harper, who made his debut in this event last year and has been impressing everyone in the high-goal, playing alongside James Beim in the El Remanso team. The fourth member of the Flannels England squad for the Royal Salute Coronation Cup match sees the return of the former England captain Luke Tomlinson, currently playing at back with La Indiana, the Queen’s Cup finalists. Tomlinson’s experience of the big occasion, as the most successful England polo captain ever, will be an added advantage to the home side.
David Woodd, Chief Executive of the HPA said: “Both teams produced a brilliant performance last year with England only beaten by a well prepared and equally tough team in the final minutes of the sixth chukka. Three of our players are having a very good season in the 22-goal which is always a help and all our players should be well mounted so, although we are a goal less and playing open, we are well placed to win this coveted trophy back from the Commonwealth.”
To purchase tickets for the Royal Salute Coronation Cup visit www.coronationcuppolo.com/tickets – there will be no charge for cars, but everyone will require a General Admission or Stand Ticket – Substantial discounts are available for all members of the HPA. To find out more about one of the most prestigious days of polo in the English season visit www.coronationcuppolo.com