Australian Polo Players are excited for their upcoming match against England

The long-awaited match up between Australia and England in the Polo International is set to take place this Saturday, April 6 at Windsor Polo Club [WPC].

There will be three matches on the day. The Colts [Under 21's] NSW City versus NSW Country at 11.30am.

Ready to play: Australian Polo players Dirk Gould with his stallion Smurf and Billie Mascart with her pony Tommy are gearing up for this weekend's Polo International. Picture: Geoff Jones.

Ready to play: Australian Polo players Dirk Gould with his stallion Smurf and Billie Mascart with her pony Tommy are gearing up for this weekend's Polo International. Picture: Geoff Jones.

The Women's Australia versus England match at 1pm. And the Men's Australia and English game for The Mountbatten Memorial Trophy at 3:30pm.

Both of the Australian sides have been announced.

The women's squad includes Billie Mascart 5g, Indi Bennetto 5g, Alessia Russo 4g, Whitney Warren 4g and reserve Phillipa Fitz-Henry 4g.

Billie Mascart has been selected to play for Australia five times now and is keen to play England as she has never gone against them before.

"I'm excited to get to wear the green and gold again," said Mascart.

"England are a powerhouse when it comes to polo... so it'll be pretty exciting to play against one of the top polo countries in the world."

Australian Polo player Billie Mascart with her pony Tommy. Picture: Geoff Jones.

Australian Polo player Billie Mascart with her pony Tommy. Picture: Geoff Jones.

The 12-year polo veteran thinks playing on home soil will be a great advantage, especially as she calls WPC her home.

"Playing in our own country with home supporters we should have a bit of backing from the crowd ... we will be playing on our own horses.

"I think the crowd, the field, the horses, all of that will play in our favour."

The men's squad will see Matt Grimes 6g, Dirk Gould 5g, Ruki Baillieu 6g, Jack Archibald 6g and reserve Jake Daniels 5g take to the field.

Dirk Gould has played polo for 23 years and for Australia about 15 times.

Now playing out of Killarney Polo Club in Richmond, Dirk is also looking forward to playing the English as they are just such a good polo nation.

He has previously played them as a member of other teams like the Commonwealth and Hong Kong. 

"They are a really strong side... I hope we will do well ... we will have to play well to beat them," said Gould.

Everyone in the team has played together quite a bit but they haven't played with this grouping before."

Australian Polo player Dirk Gould with his stallion Smurf at Windsor Polo Fields. Picture: Geoff Jones.

Australian Polo player Dirk Gould with his stallion Smurf at Windsor Polo Fields. Picture: Geoff Jones.

Gould is keen to play at a high level. "The quality of the polo, it is just really good quality ... It is really fast and as good a level of polo we get to play really."

He also believes that having their own horses will provide an advantage for the Australians. "It is a small advantage but we will try to make it count."

Hawkesbury is renowned in the polo community for being the home of the sport in not only NSW but across a lot of the country. 

The International is open to everyone. It is set to be a fun and casual day for anyone with general admission tickets ranging from $20 to $45 per person.

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