Internationals

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

Nicola Smith and John Holland to be inaugural EBL Hall of Fame inductees

Nicola Smith and John Holland will be two of the inaugural inductees to the EBL Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame has been established to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the formation of the European Bridge League, and nine players will be inducted during a ceremony at the European Championships in Italy in June.

Nicola has played in the European Championships 24 times for Great Britain and England's Women's Team, winning a gold medal on eight occasions. She has also won numerous other medals, including gold in the Venice Cup twice. She was awarded an MBE in 1995 for her contribution to bridge.

John has played in the last six European Championships, the most recent four appearances in the Senior's event in which he won a gold medal in 2014. He also won the D'Orsi Bowl - the 'Senior World Championships' - in 2009.

The other inductees are:
Open - Paul Chemla (France), Benito Garozzo (Italy), Geir Helgemo (Norway/Monaco), Julian Klukowski (Poland)
Women - Bep Vriend (Netherlands), Sylvie Willard (France)
Senior - Apolinary Kowalski (Poland)

England defeated in semi-finals of White House Juniors Internationals

England's juniors have been beaten in the semi-finals of the White House Junior Internationals event taking place in Amsterdam. They lost to Poland, having beaten Norway in the quarter-finals earlier in the day.

The team was Shivam Shah & Alex Roberts, Michael Alishaw & Stephen Kennedy, and NPC: Graham Osborne. The annual competition featured sides from 17 other countries, and England finished the first round in third place in their pool, and then reached the quarter-finals after finishing in sixth in the second round.

Entries open for Premier League and European Open Team trials

Premier League
Teams of 4-6 players can now apply to take part in the 2017 Premier League. This is a great event in itself, but also acts as trials for the Camrose Home International series in 2018 and the 2018 EBL Champions Cup.

Applications should be made to dawn@ebu.co.uk by 31st May. Teams accepted for both the 1st and 2nd division will be notified by the end of June.

European Open Team trials
The EBU also announces its intention to hold trials for pairs to represent the England Open Team in the 2018 European Team Championships.
The trials, scored by Ximps, will 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 dawn@ebu.co.uk by 7th November 2017. Accepted pairs will be notified by 10th November. The cost of entry is £150 per player.