Gary BenhamHead of Communications, Pretoria
On 12 June 2010 England will play their first game of WC2010 against the USA at Rustenburg.
Between now and then the British High Commission and the US Embassy in Pretoria will engage in a series of Challenge Matches to build a friendly rivalry ahead of the big game.
Last night the High Commission hosted the first of these - a quiz night (to raise funds to pay for the Challenge Trophy). Fourteen teams battled it out over 7 rounds of tough questions set by our very professional and very neutral quiz masters, Luke Feeney from the Irish Embassy and Valery Viptong from the Canadian High Commission.
The clear winners on the night were a team from the US Embassy. But when points were awarded to the teams in the order that that they finished Team UK (we cannot play as England as, of course, we represent Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales too) ran out winners for this part of the Challenge Series.
Next up, its Softball hosted by the Americans. Later we'll go head to head in Cricket, Tennis, Golf and, of course Football (of the Association kind). Then once our Challenge series has been won we'll all sit down together to see who triumphs at Rustenburg.
Good luck to all.