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Polo without horses brings global teams to Rugby

Rugby Editorial 21st Jan, 2015 Updated: 27th Oct, 2016

INTERNATIONAL sport is coming to Rugby – in a somewhat less conventional form than the Rugby World Cup.

The first ever international tournament of Segway Polo – the two-wheeled take on polo championed by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak – will be held at Rugby College in April.

Teams from Barbados, USA, Germany, Holland and Spain are already confirmed for the UK Segway Polo Tournament 2015.

The tournament will also be the precursor to the World Cup tournament, the ‘Woz Challenge Cup’, named after Wozniak, which is being held in Cologne in July.

Mark Weller, coach and founder of UK Segway Polo, said his ultimate goal was to bring this ‘sport of equals’ to the forefront of alternative sports and give UK players the chance to play against the world’s best.

He said: “This sport is so appealing for a wide spectrum of individuals, and the tournaments provide a great opportunity to watch these fearless players compete on equally fearless machines and occasionally witness some spectacular falls!

“Since there are no real fitness level requirements or even prohibitive financial commitments to consider, there exists an irreverent and fun loving attitude common in all players – which is what drew me to the sport initially.”

Olaf Funke, chairman of the International Segway Polo Association, said: “We are confident the UK Tournament will provide a great foundation for players planning to compete in the Woz Cup and tournaments thereafter.”

Organisers added that Rugby, already officially granted official ‘Proud Home of the Game’ status by Rugby World Cup organisers, was an obvious location for the tournament.

The tournament, which will be free for spectators, takes place on April 18-19. More details are due to be announced next week.

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