Introduced at Dunbar in 1923, the R&A Boys Home Internationals started off as a match played between England and Scotland. It was traditionally associated with the Boys Amateur Championship, being played the day before and thus acting as a prelude to the main event.
The R&A accepted responsibility for the R&A Boys Amateur Championship in 1949 and with it the running of the England v Scotland match. The Championship Committee originally carried out team selection. Today, representatives from the four Home Unions select the teams.
In 1972, a team match between Ireland and Wales was added to the fixture. Since 1985, The R&A Trophy has been awarded to the winning team.
An international match at boys' level was introduced in 1958, when a team from Great Britain and Ireland was selected to play against a team from the Continent of Europe. Until 1966, when it was abandoned, it was very one-sided, with the British side dominating. The match, which sees the teams compete for the Jacques Leglise Trophy, resumed in 1977. Since 1996, it has been staged independently of the R&A Boys Amateur Championship.
The format for today's R&A Boys Home Internationals event was established in 1996. The four home countries compete against one another over three consecutive days in a round robin series. Each fixture comprises five morning foursomes, followed by ten afternoon singles.
In 1997, there was a significant break with the past, when, for the first time, the venue chosen for the R&A Boys Home Internationals differed to that for the R&A Boys Amateur Championship. This practice has remained, helping to shape the individual identity of the R&A Boys Home Internationals.