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New era for English polo team

Luke Tomlinson is to stand down as captain after a nine-year stint, marking the beginning of a new era for English polo.

The announcement was made after Britain’s defeat to Argentina in the Coronation Cup last month (26 July).

Fellow seven-goaler James Beim will now take over the reins as captain.

“It wasn’t a difficult decision,” Luke told H&H. “I started to think about it last year.

“I have had a good innings. Now James and my brother Mark both deserve a term of leadership.”

During his tenure as captain Luke secured four Coronation Cup victories and two Westchester Cup wins.

“The English setup has come a long way since I started in terms of the organisation behind the scenes, sponsorship and the quality and knowledge of the coaches,” Luke said.

“I think the future is very bright.”

Despite relinquishing his role as captain, Luke still hopes to be involved in the England setup.

“If I am selected I would still be keen to play,” Luke added.

First published in Horse & Hound magazine on 7 August 2014

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