Strength.
Skill.
Style.
Nedbank International Polo returns for the ultimate battle between polo reigning nations in May 2024. Hosted at the immaculate Inanda Club in the heart of Johannesburg, the long-standing rivalry sets the scene for a fantastic encounter. Join us for all the fast-paced action, fashion and celebration.
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Goals.
Glamour.
Glory.
The Nedbank International Polo will be returning to the Inanda Polo Club Sandton once again in 2024. Follow us to hear more about your polo perfect Saturday!
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Strength.
Skill.
Style
Nedbank International Polo returns for the ultimate battle between polo reigning nations in May 2024. Hosted at the immaculate Inanda Club in the heart of Johannesburg, the long-standing rivalry sets the scene for a fantastic encounter. Join us for all the fast-paced action, fashion and celebration.
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Goals.
Glamour.
Glory.
The Nedbank International Polo will be returning to the Inanda Polo Club Sandton once again in 2024. Follow us to hear more about your polo perfect Saturday!
Enquire
Date
11 May 2024

Team
South Africa vs Argentina

Inanda Club, Sandton
Johannesburg

Event Day
Timing

11h00
Gates open

12h00
Curtain raiser |
Inanda vs East Rand

13h00
Aston Martin exhibition

14h00
Test team warm up
and player introductions

14h25
National anthems

14h30
Main match | South Africa vs India

16h00
Prize-giving

Tickets

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Join us for a day of field-side picnics, exclusive hospitality and thrilling polo.

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The venue

Founded in 1934, Inanda ranks as one of the most prestigious polo clubs in Southern Africa. Nestled in the heart of the Sandton, the venue’s rich equestrian history provides an elegant backdrop for the country’s most anticipated polo event.

How to get there

Your Uber drop-off and collection point will be via Gate 2, situated on Forest Drive. Limited parking available and not guaranteed. We encourage our patrons to celebrate the day with us in ultimate relaxation by making use of Uber and taxi services.

Get to know
the sport of kings

With a combined polo history spanning over four centuries, the best players from both nations will battle it out on the field in what is sure to be a thrilling display of dexterity, teamwork, and horsemanship.

The number assigned to the player who is the striker. The primary focus of this player is to be the “opportunist” and to score goals

The player who plays as the flanker wears the number two and should be relentless in ensuring forward play and act as the ”delivery man” to the striker

The pivotal “playmaker” wears the number three and acts as flyhalf to set up movements and play. This is usually the highest-rated player on the field

The player playing at full-back wears the number four as “the defender” and is the last line of defence but is also the initiator of attack

Mounted referees are responsible for enforcing the rules. There are always two on the field on horses to keep up with the players.

The PLAYERS

With a combined polo history spanning over four centuries, the best players from both nations will battle it out on the field in what is sure to be a thrilling display of dexterity, teamwork, and horsemanship.

Number ONE

The number assigned to the player who is the striker. The primary focus of this player is to be the “opportunist” and to score goals

Number TWO

The player who plays as the flanker wears the number two and should be relentless in ensuring forward play and act as the ”delivery man” to the striker

Number THREE

The pivotal “playmaker” wears the number three and acts as flyhalf to set up movements and play. This is usually the highest-rated player on the field

Number FOUR

The player playing at full-back wears the number four as “the defender” and is the last line of defence but is also the initiator of attack

UMPIRES

Mounted referees are responsible for enforcing the rules. There are always two on the field on horses to keep up with the players.

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Polo for
beginners

Rules provided by The South African Polo Association. Visit their website for more information.

THE RULES

A match consists of 6-8 chukkas, each lasting seven minutes plus up to 30 seconds of overtime. A horn is blown at the end of 7 minutes to signal to the players that 30 seconds remain in the chukka. During the 30 seconds, play continues until a team scores, the ball goes out of play or a player commits a foul. During the breaks players are able to switch ponies.

Play takes place on a field of about 300 yards (275 metres) long by 160 yards (150 metres) wide. In theory, that is about the same size as six soccer pitches. The goal posts, which collapse on severe impact, are set eight yards apart.

There are 4 players on a team with each player assigned a distinctly different role according to their position. The Number 1 player is essentially a goal striker whose primary role is to score goals. The Number 2 player is also a forward, but plays harder, especially on defence. Number 3 is the pivotal player between offence and defence who tries to turn all plays to offence. He is usually the highest rated player on the team. The Number 4 player (or back), is essentially the most defensive player whose primary responsibility is to protect the goal area.

All players are rated on a scale of -2 to 10 (the higher the better). Although the word ‘goal’ is often used after the rating, it bears no relation to the number of goals a player scores in a match, but to their overall playing ability. A player’s horsemanship, range of strokes, speed of play, team and game sense are the factors considered in determining their handicap. The team handicap is the sum of its players’ handicaps. the team with the lower handicap is awarded the difference in goals at the start of the game. For example, a 26-goal team would give two goals start to a 24-goal team.


Any time the ball crosses, at any height, the line between the goal posts, it is considered a goal regardless of who knocks it through, including the pony. After each goal, the teams change ends (i.e. switch the halves they defend). This allows both teams equal opportunities to score in case the field or weather is working to one direction’s advantage (equalise wind and turf conditions). The game is continuous and can only be stopped if a foul is called, an injury occurs to either a polo pony or rider, or if a player’s tack is broken.

Match format

A match consists of 6-8 chukkas, each lasting seven minutes plus up to 30 seconds of overtime. A horn is blown at the end of 7 minutes to signal to the players that 30 seconds remain in the chukka. During the 30 seconds, play continues until a team scores, the ball goes out of play or a player commits a foul. During the breaks players are able to switch ponies.

The Field

Play takes place on a field of about 300 yards (275 metres) long by 160 yards (150 metres) wide. In theory, that is about the same size as six soccer pitches. The goal posts, which collapse on severe impact, are set eight yards apart.

Teams

There are 4 players on a team with each player assigned a distinctly different role according to their position. The Number 1 player is essentially a goal striker whose primary role is to score goals. The Number 2 player is also a forward, but plays harder, especially on defence. Number 3 is the pivotal player between offence and defence who tries to turn all plays to offence. He is usually the highest rated player on the team. The Number 4 player (or back), is essentially the most defensive player whose primary responsibility is to protect the goal area.

Handicaps

All players are rated on a scale of -2 to 10 (the higher the better). Although the word ‘goal’ is often used after the rating, it bears no relation to the number of goals a player scores in a match, but to their overall playing ability. A player’s horsemanship, range of strokes, speed of play, team and game sense are the factors considered in determining their handicap. The team handicap is the sum of its players’ handicaps. the team with the lower handicap is awarded the difference in goals at the start of the game. For example, a 26-goal team would give two goals start to a 24-goal team.

Scoring

Any time the ball crosses, at any height, the line between the goal posts, it is considered a goal regardless of who knocks it through, including the pony. After each goal, the teams change ends (i.e. switch the halves they defend). This allows both teams equal opportunities to score in case the field or weather is working to one direction’s advantage (equalise wind and turf conditions). The game is continuous and can only be stopped if a foul is called, an injury occurs to either a polo pony or rider, or if a player’s tack is broken.

Strength.
Skill.
Style.

Our 2023 Partners

The Nedbank International Polo is proud to work with leading category partners in
support of South Africa’s inaugural international match fixture.

The South African Polo Association (SAPA) is the official administrative controlling body of polo in South Africa. All clubs affiliate through their provincial bodies to SAPA, which, in turn, affiliates to Hurlingham Polo Association (based in the UK) and Federacion Internationale de Polo (based in Argentina). SAPA’s constitution was first formulated in 1905, making it one of the oldest sporting bodies in the country.
The role of SAPA is to administer the annual fixture lists, what the handicaps of all players, handle any disciplinary matters, coordinate the development programme for previously disadvantaged youngsters and govern policy relating to all matters regarding polo and polo ponies. SAPA is a Section 21 non-profit organisation and assists its affiliated provinces with grants and interest-free loans for the benefit of its members.
Visit the website for annual polo fixtures.

New Nobility

Nedbank International Polo is redefining what it means to be noble

One of South Africa’s most prestigious equestrian fixtures on the annual sporting and social calendar, the Nedbank International Polo returns to Inanda Polo Club on Saturday, 22 April 2023 which sees the return of India to battle it out on horseback against South Africa. This year’s dress theme, Bold with a Touch of Green, celebrates green, a colour that symbolises giving and harmony and the boldness of using what you have to lift those around you – the embodiment of what it means to be a new noble.

“The Nedbank International Polo is about more than providing an unparalleled experience. It is also about creating a shared understanding of what it means to be a part of the new nobility, which is about playing your part to uplift those around who themselves are the new noble in the spaces they choose to occupy. We believe that being a new noble is about utilising what you have to create a better society. ” says Khensani Nobanda, Nedbank Group Executive: Marketing and Corporate Affairs.

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