Interview in Deauville with the winner of the Coupe d'Or
"Playing with the Carmignacs was a good experience for me"
September 4, 2013
Definitely, 2013 was a "Pieres year" for international polo. Facundo, the absolute number 1, won five consecutive major tournaments; Gonzalito won the Silver Cup and the Gold Cup, in Sotogrande; and Nico added another achievement for the family: he was the runner up of the Gold Cup for the British Open, with the powerful Dubai, a lineup that included no less than Adolfo Cambiaso, and in his following step he went to Deauville where he won the Coupe d'Or, with Talandracas, something that was almost unexpected: Lucas James, who was due to play with the team, had to resign his place due to an injury, so he asked his good friend Nico to replace him. And how well he did it, the results were fantastic in his first experience with the Carmignacs.
PoloLine met up with Nico in Deauville, to talk about his days in Talandracas, prior to the upcoming Triple Crown in Argentina, with Ellerstina.
How did you get the chance to play in Deauville?
Lucas James, who is a great friend and almost a brother-in-law (NB: he's the boyfriend of Nico's sister, Cecilia), asked me to play. He was due to play in Deauville, but he got an injury on his elbow, so I replaced him during the two weeks of the Coupe d'Or, with Talandracas.
There was an issue with the handicaps, because with you in the team, Talandracas had one more goal...
Yes, it was a bit difficult, because they didn't allow us to play. They allowed me to play as a 9-goaler in a last minute decision.
The Coupe d'Or is a very traditional competition, with teams like Ellerston who won it in previous years. Does it move you the tradition or history of every tournament you play overseas?
Well, this is one of the tournaments you always want to play and win. Despite it's 16 goals, the level of play is very good and it's always great to have the opportunity to play a tournament that has much history and tradition and many teams want to win.
How was your experience to play with Edouard and Hughes?
It's my first time playing with them. I didn't know Edouard and Hughes that much, just because we have played against each other. They always help to make the team work OK, which is something difficult, because their job is to put a mark on 4-goalers up. The experience was really good.
How about horses? Did you bring your best ones?
No, all the horses are Lucas'. I didn't bring mine. I came with mallets and gloves. The rest, belongs to Lucas, from boots to horses!
Those were the horses he was playing in England, aren't they?
Yes, and they are very good horses.
Is there any news regarding the Dubai team for England next year?
There's nothing confirmed yet, I'm still in the waiting game, mostly due to the handicap issue. I guess I will have news in the next few days.