Introduced at Dunbar in 1923, the 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 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 Boys Amateur Championship.
The format for today's 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 Boys Home Internationals differed to that for the Boys Amateur Championship. This practice has remained, helping to shape the individual identity of the Boys Home Internationals.