The South American team has been announced that will challenge the 28 goal England team for the 2015 Royal Salute Coronation Cup on Saturday 25 July at Guards Polo Club. The visiting team will feature two Brazilians, an Argentine and a Chilean, so creating a talented opposition with plenty of international experience.
The South Americans are headed up by experienced international test match players Jaime García Huidobro (8) of Chile and Rodrigo Ribeiro de Andrade (9), Brazil’s highest rated player. Coronation Cup newcomers, the Argentine Manuel Fernández Llorente (6) and Brazilian José Klabin (4), President of the Confederação Brasileira de Polo, make up this impressive squad.
In a recent Pololine interview, Jaime Garcia Huidobro, who has represented Chile three times on this day and is his country’s highest rated player, explained the importance of the Royal Salute Coronation Cup: “It’s one of the best games you can play in the year and it will be nice to play in a team representing Chile, Argentina and Brazil and continue the tradition of this prestigious cup. It’s great that there is an event like this and it would be wonderful if other countries copied the Hurlingham Polo Association, both on and off the pitch. Polo needs more international days – we need to encourage these international tests because they help polo grow.”
England is equally confident as the HPA is fielding one of its strongest teams on this day. Playing in the No 1 shirt and leading the team will be England 7 goal player James Beim. Although this is James’s first year as England captain, he is no stranger to the big occasion, having represented his country on 8 previous occasions on this day. He has also added his name to the UK’s leading high-goal tournaments, the Prince of Wales Trophy, Queen’s Cup and Gold Cup (the British Open).
Mark Tomlinson, who has been playing well in the Gold Cup, will once again wear the No 2 shirt. Married to London Olympics dressage medallist, Laura Bechtolsheimer, Mark has achieved great success on the polo field, including victories in the Queen’s and Gold Cups. Even though he is only 33, this will be his 11th appearance for England in the Coronation Cup.
At No 3, and making his first appearance in the England Coronation Cup team, will be Max Charlton on 7 goals. Although the youngest player in the team, Max is one England’s highest handicapped players and was recently named the Most Outstanding British Professional at the annual Polo Awards. He is equally skilled on snow, having won the high-goal Snow Polo World Cup in St Moritz for the past 3 years.
On being selected, Max said “I was thrilled to be selected to play for England at Palermo in April and learnt a lot about playing at this level. I am obviously delighted to be chosen to play for England on Coronation Cup Day for the first time. My main aim is to get myself really well mounted for the match because the horses will be crucial; Sotogrande makes that difficult for many of us.”
At Back will be the experienced Luke Tomlinson on 7 goals, who first wore an England shirt in 2002. Luke has not only won every major UK polo tournament, but has an impressive overseas CV too, including playing in the world-class Argentine Open 4 times. However Luke secured his place in polo history by being most successful England team captain ever, heading up the England Polo Team from 2007 – 2014.
With a strong short list of players which included James Harper, The Earl of Tyrone and Jack Richardson, various options were considered. As always, horses, form and the opposition were the key factors.
The Royal Salute Coronation Cup, which will be played open, will take place at Guards Polo Club, Windsor Great Park on Saturday 25th July 2015. Tickets are on sale now. For more information and to book your tickets to one of the most prestigious and spectacular days in the English sporting calendar go to www.coronationcuppolo.com.
Royal Salute Coronation Cup Teams 2015
1. James Beim (7)
2. Mark Tomlinson (6)
3. Max Charlton (7)
4. Luke Tomlinson (7)
England reserves: James Harper & The Earl of Tyrone
England Coach: Eduardo Heguy
José Klabin (4)
Manuel Fernández Llorente (6)
Rodrigo Andrade (9)
Jaime Garcia Huidobro (8)
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