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The UK has slipped from second to fourth in the international polocrosse rankings after a series of narrow defeats at the quadrangular polocrosse tournament held in New South Wales, Australia (16-19 April).

The top four polocrosse playing nations — Australia, the United Kingdom, South Africa and New Zealand — played each other in the group stage and then the top two played off for first and second, while the other two played for third and fourth places.

The UK had a disappointing group stage, suffering three narrow defeats. They lost 18-15 to South Africa, 21-13 to Australia and then 17-13 to New Zealand to put them in the bottom spot in the group. Then, in the third/fourth play-off they lost by just one goal to South Africa, going down 18-17 in a very hard fought encounter.

Australia won the tournament to retain the top spot in the world rankings, defeating New Zealand 27-8 in the final.

The UK have the chance to move up to number 3 in the world when they play South Africa in a series of test matches being held in Essex, England on 18-19 July. The UK ladies’ and men’s sides will play their South African counterparts in four test matches at Ashfield Carriage Driving Centre in Essex.

For more details visit: www.polocrosse.org.uk