England will set out to win their fourth Boys Home Internationals crown in five years at Conwy (Caernarvonshire) Golf Club in Wales this week.
After sealing a close fought victory over Scotland and Ireland in the 2014 matches at Western Gailes, England will once again field a strong team, featuring four members of last year's winning side, as they seek to defend the trophy.
Marco Penge comes into the event after wins in the Peter McEvoy Trophy, the Scottish Open Stroke Play Championship and the recent Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters. Also returning this year are Harry Hall and Jamie Li, who both achieved top ten finishes in last month's Carris Trophy, the English Under-18 Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship, and Matty Lamb, who finished fourth at the McEvoy Trophy.
Wales will be hoping that home advantage will help them achieve their first victory since the four nations format was introduced in 1996. Welsh Open Youths Champion Tom Williams will be joined by Ben Chamberlain and Tom Froom from last year's line-up with the remaining eight players making their debut.
Both Scotland and Ireland will be looking to go one better than last year when both teams were in with a chance of victory going into the final matches.
The Scots will be in confident mood with Sandy Scott, the winner of last month's Scottish Boys Stroke Play Championship, the runner-up in that event, Calum Fyfe, who has achieved four top ten finishes since late June, as well as Rory Franssen, Andrew Thomson and Kieran Cantley, who finished in the top five at Royal Burgess, among their ranks.
The experienced Irish team features five players from the 2014 matches including last year's R&A Junior Open Champion Kevin LeBlanc as well as Conor Purcell and Rory Williamson, who finished tied fourth at the Irish Boys Amateur Open Championship in June.
Johnnie Cole-Hamilton, Executive Director - Championships at The R&A, said, "The Boys Home Internationals are extremely competitive and provide an excellent showcase for the leading young players in the home nations. It gives them valuable experience of international team competition and an opportunity to compete against their peers from other parts of Great Britain and Ireland. We are looking forward to another closely fought and entertaining series of matches this week."
The teams are as follows:
England: Toby Briggs (Dunston Hall), William Enefer (Wrekin), Harry Hall (West Cornwall), Matty Lamb (Hexham), Jamie Li (Bath), Max Martin (Ladbrook Park), Rhys Nevin-Wharton (Sandiway), Marco Penge (Golf at Goodwood), Gian-Marco Petrozzi (Trentham), Billy Spooner (Woodhall Spa) and Charlie Strickland (Ham Manor).
Ireland: Marc Boucher (Carton House), Cathal Butler (Kinsale), Alan Fahy (Bray), Peter Kerr (Royal Portrush), Kevin LeBlanc, (The Island), Marc McKinstry (Cairndhu), Devin Morley (Oughterard), Thomas Mulligan (Co Louth), Marc Norton (Belvoir Park), Conor Purcell (Portmarnock) and Rory Williamson (Holywood).
Scotland: Joseph Bryce (Bathgate), Kieran Cantley (Liberton), Chris Curran (Harburn), Rory Franssen (Inverness), Calum Fyfe (Cawder), Darren Howie (Peebles), Niall McMullen (Lundin), Murray Naysmith (Marriott Dalmahoy), Will Porter (Carnoustie), Sandy Scott (Nairn) and Andrew Thomson (Lanark).
Wales: Ben Chamberlain (Padeswood & Buckley), Tom Davies (Penrhos), Tom Froom (Nefyn), Jordan Golley (Clyne), Aled Greville (Ashburnham), Luke Harries (Tenby), Matthew Harris (St Mellons), Gareth Morgan (Clyne), Callam Morris (Monmouthshire), Laurence Vargas (St Pierre) and Tom Williams (Wrexham).
Over the years a number of Walker Cup players and future Major Championship winners have appeared in the Boys Home Internationals including 2014 Open Champion Rory McIlroy, the 2013 US Open Champion Justin Rose, six-time Major winner Sir Nick Faldo, former Open and Masters Champion Sandy Lyle and former Open Champion Darren Clarke.
Spectators are admitted free of charge to the event, which runs from Tuesday to Thursday 4-6 August. The playing format is a full round robin series of matches comprising five morning foursomes and ten afternoon singles. The morning foursomes tee off from 8am and the afternoon singles matches from 12.30pm each day.
On Tuesday 4 August, match one will be England v Wales and match two, Scotland v Ireland. Full match details can be found at championships.randa.org