Welcome to the International Selections and Trials home page. Here you will find information on all the England representative teams, who they are, how they fared and how you can try out to join them.

2017 Camrose Trophy

England hosted the first weekend of the Camrose Trophy on 6th - 8th January. It was held at Brandon Hall Hotel, in Warwickshire.

2016 Channel Trophy

England hosted the 2016 Channel Trophy - the competition for Junior teams from England, France, Belgium and the Netherlands - on 16th-18th December. It was held at the Young Chelsea Bridge Club in London.

Internationals News

European Open Championships continue this week

The European Open Championships, taking place in Montecatini, in Italy, continue this week with Open, Women's & Seniors Teams, and Open, Women's & Seniors Pairs competitions.

Success for English players was in short supply in the first week, though Tracy Capal and David Sherman finished second in the EBL Cup, just 0.06% behind the winners.

There are many EBU members taking part in the various competitions - lists of the participants can seen via this link.

There is coverage of the event on Bridge Base Online from 9:30am to the early evening each day.

Also at the event, the inaugural class of the EBL Hall of Fame will be inducted, with Nicola Smith and John Holland amongst those who will be honoured.

Entries open for European Open Team trials

The EBU will hold trials for pairs to represent the England Open Team in the 2018 European Team Championships.
The trials, scored by Ximps, will be held over 4 full days, 12th to 15th January 2018, at the Young Chelsea BC. The top two pairs will be selected for the team, plus Tony Forrester & Andrew Robson who have been pre-selected.
The number of pairs in the trials will be limited. Applications should be made to by 7th November 2017. Accepted pairs will be notified by 10th November. The cost of entry is £150 per player.

England wins Teltscher Trophy

England have retained the Teltscher Trophy, at the 'Senior Camrose' which took place in Belfast.

The England team of Nick Irens, Tony Forrester, David Kendrick, Norman Selway & John Holland started slowly, losing three of their first four matches, but thereafter were undefeated. They finished on 138.82 VPs, with Ireland second on 122.39 VPs, and the Patron's team (which included Clive Owen & Brian Senior) third on 96.83.

It is believed that Tony and David are the first English players to have won the Junior Camrose, Camrose, and Senior Camrose.

The NPC for the team was Derek Patterson. Colin Simpson, who recently received the EBU's Diamond Award, was selected for the team but due to ill-health was unable to take part.

Colin Simpson receives Diamond Award

Colin Simpson has received the EBU's Diamond Award. Jeremy Dhondy presented the award to him this week, having previously announced at the EBU Shareholders' Meeting that Colin would received the award.

The Diamond Award recognises excellence and success over a sustained period for England's international teams.

Colin is a Senior World and European Champion, having won those events in 2009 and 2014 respectively. These were among his eight appearances for England's Senior team in major competitions, and he played for the Open team in five major championships in the early part of the millennium. He has also represented England numerous times in the Camrose and Teltscher Trophy competitions.