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Wolf the Eagle takes flight at Lord's ahead of the Cricket World Cup

In an unprecedented move in the cricketing world, acclaimed Australian winemaker Wolf Blass Wines has enlisted a new mascot, ‘Wolf The Eagle’, to assist in preparations at Lord’s Cricket Ground ahead of the much-anticipated ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup England & Wales 2019.

 As the Official Wine Partner of the tournament, and with its widely-recognised eagle emblem, Wolf Blass has employed Wolf to survey the pitch and help deter any pigeons or seagulls from entering the field of play. Working alongside falconer Graham Bessant, Wolf will sweep the boundaries and survey the stands, warding off birds who are known to interrupt play.

  • Official Wine Partner of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 - Wolf Blass Wines - has enlisted ‘Wolf The Eagle’ to survey the grounds of Lord’s to help prevent pigeons and seagulls ahead of the international tournament in England and Wales this summer

  • Wolf is a bald eagle with a wing span of 7ft and can reach speeds of close to 100mph when soaring through the sky. Wolf takes a ‘claws off’ approach when surveying the pitch by sweeping the parameters and deterring any unwanted visitors

Kirstie McCosh, Marketing Director at Wolf Blass, said: “Wolf Blass has long been associated with sport, celebrating the bold pursuit of triumph and those who have the self-belief, bravery and courage to chase excellence. Here at Wolf Blass we are custodians of quality and excellence and this runs through every part of our winemaking process. Wolf the Eagle is a representation of our brand brought to life, and with all eyes on the pitches of England and Wales this summer, we hope Wolf can offer a service that will allow excellence in play to continue!

 Falconer Graham Bessant, Wolf’s handler and trainer adds; “We couldn’t wait to put Wolf to work, harnessing Wolf’s natural ability and sharp instincts to protect the hallowed turf at Lord’s and allow for all to enjoy the world class cricket on show.”

In the equally competitive winemaking world, Wolf Blass is internationally acclaimed for its history of producing wines of quality, character and consistency, having won over 10,000 awards since its inception in 1966. Its founder, Wolfgang Blass, was renowned for his tireless pursuit of excellence - a quality which is vital for the team looking to triumph in this year’s ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Much like Wolfgang and the brand he created, Wolf the Eagle’s relentless drive will ensure participating teams can get on with proceedings without any unnecessary interruptions.

Wolf Blass, the Official Wine Partner of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019, is hosting An Evening of Excellence at its multi-sensory wine experience, The Chase, on Thursday 30th May for cricket and wine- loving Londoners. Cricket legends, Michael Clarke and Charlotte Edwards, will join guests to discuss their career journeys, as well as their predictions for the upcoming tournament. Tickets cost £15 and should be purchased in advance via Eventbrite here.