Footy legend Billy Slater rubs shoulders with royalty as he plays polo against Prince Harry’s right-hand man

  •  Billy Slater plays polo against famous player Nacho Figueras
  •  Ex-NRL star also played alongside royal Olympian Zara Tindall
  •  Hollywood star Elsa Pataky also attended the Gold Coast event

Billy Slater spent Sunday horsing around with a host of celebs, including royal Olympian Zara Tindall and Argentinian polo star Nacho Figueras at the Magic Millions Showjumping and Polo day.

The ex-NRL star and Queensland State of Origin coach partnered with Tindall and Australian polo star Ruki Ballieau for the celebrity polo match against Figueras, his model wife ­Delfina Blaquier and the Australian team’s Rob Archibald.

Figueres had been good-naturedly sledging Slater during the week, making fun of his boots. 

‘Billy has got a new pair of polo boots,’ Figueras told News Corp.

‘Hopefully that will help here in the game on Sunday. But I don’t think so.’ 

Billy Slater (pictured) faced Argentinian star Nacho Figueras on the polo field on Sunday

Slater attended the Magic Millions Showjumping and Polo day on the Gold Coast along with his wife Nicole, son Jake and daughter Tyla (pictured)

Slater attended the Magic Millions Showjumping and Polo day on the Gold Coast along with his wife Nicole, son Jake and daughter Tyla (pictured)

‘I have no comment,’ Slater replied. ‘Actions speak louder than words.’

Tindall scored the opening point on Sunday, but the classy Argentinian’s side made a late comeback and clinched the victory.

At one stage during the match it looked like Figueras would be thrown from his horse as spectators watched on in shock.

However, Nacho did the seemingly impossible and managed to right himself back up onto his saddle to continue the game.

Nacho – real name Ignacio Figueras Bermejo – touched down in Australia for the Magic Millions show on Thursday with his wife and their daughter Alba.

He has been making headlines over the past few years for his close friendship with Prince Harry.

The recent storms didn’t keep the crowds away from the Gold Coast event, as thousands showed up to watch the best equine athletes in the nation compete.

Hollywood star Elsa Pataky jetted home from a skiing family holiday with husband Chris Hemsworth to attend the event as a Magic Millions ­ambassador.

Argentinian polo star and model Nacho Figueras (pictured second from left, with Slater second from right) is the right-hand man of Prince Harry

Argentinian polo star and model Nacho Figueras (pictured second from left, with Slater second from right) is the right-hand man of Prince Harry

Figueras was almost flung from his horse during the polo match, but managed to right himself

Figueras was almost flung from his horse during the polo match, but managed to right himself

Zara and Mike Tindall were back in Australia for the Magic Millions event

Zara and Mike Tindall were back in Australia for the Magic Millions event

Hollywood star Elsa Pataky (pictured second from right) also jetted home from a skiing family holiday to attend the Millions

Hollywood star Elsa Pataky (pictured second from right) also jetted home from a skiing family holiday to attend the Millions

Magic Millions co-owner Katie Page highlighted how important the event was for the economy, especially in light of the recent storm damage.

‘January is the most important time for tourism in this state and for us to be doing this over 10 days shows people nationally and internationally that we are open for business,’ she told News Corp.

‘People watching our events in other states or internationally will watch it this year and decide to come next year,’ she said.

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