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.

Internationals News

New Junior Squad Leaders appointed

We are pleased to announce the appointment of two new Junior Squad Leaders.

Giorgio Provenza will be leading the U16 squad, assisted by Alan Shillitoe, and Harry Anoyrkatis is the new leader of the U26 squad, with Paul Barden acting as Team Manager. You can read their biographies, and those of a number of the young players, on the squad page. Michael Byrne continues as leader of the U21 squad, and Sally Brock, with Bryony Youngs, continues to lead the U26 Women.

All the junior teams are preparing for the World Championships in China next summer. All four teams qualified at the 2017 European Youth Team Championships where England was the only country to achieve this feat. If you are interested in sponsoring the teams' participation in the competition, please see here for more information.

England's Women finish 6th in China; Brown/Brock 2nd in pairs

The England Women's teams has competed in the 2017 Beijing Hua Yuan Cup Elite Bridge Tournament.

In the opening pairs tournament, featuring 24 pairs, Fiona Brown & Sally Brock finished second, Lizzie Godfrey & Nevena Senior were fourth, and Catherine Draper & Nicola Smith were twelfth.

In the teams competition which followed they finished sixth of the eight teams. Scotland finished seventh, with the USA winning by a large margin.

Entries open for European Open Team trials closing soon

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 dawn@ebu.co.uk by 7th November 2017. Accepted pairs will be notified by 10th November. The cost of entry is £150 per player.

Allfrey team takes lead in Premier League

There are new leaders of Divisions 1 and 2 of the Premier League after the second weekend of matches. The Allfrey team and Dhondy team now lead their respective divisions, while the Gipson team stayed ahead in Division 3.

Aided by a large victory in the head-to-head match, the team of Alexander Allfrey, Mike Bell, Tony Forrester, David Gold, Graham Osborne & Andrew Robson overtook the Hinden team (Frances Hinden, Jeffrey Allerton, Michael Byrne, Kieran Dyke & Chris Jagger) and are now just under 4 VPs ahead. The De Botton team is in third place, a further 11 VPs behind.

As in Division 1, Division 2 saw the top two teams switch positions, with the Dhondy team (Heather Dhondy, Sally Brock, Brian Callaghan, Barry Myers, Franklin To) vaulting the Morris team and taking a lead of around 4 VPs. The Fawcett team is in third.

Paul Gipson, Alex Gipson, Sarah Bell, Alex Roberts & Graeme Robertson maintained their lead of around 3 VPs in Division 3, with the Igoe team in second, and the Gross team in third.

The final matches in all divisions will be played in Solihull on 4th & 5th November.