The England team is captained by 17-year-old Tommy Fleetwood, the Southport-based player who came very close to becoming the youngest ever winner of The Amateur Championship at Turnberry earlier in the summer.

Alongside Fleetwood are a string of other players who have shown good form in 2008, including Eddie Pepperell, who got to the semi-finals of the Spanish Amateur earlier this year, and Stiggy Hodgson, who won the Carris Trophy last month.

The Irish team will be hoping to repeat the home-ground success of Scotland in the 2006 matches, and in their attempts to do so will draw hope from the efforts of Alan Dunbar, the Rathmore-based player who had a great run in the recent North of Ireland Championship at Royal Portrush.

Scotland, meanwhile, will be looking to Mark Bookless of Sandyhills for inspiration. He won the Scottish Boys Stroke Play Championship in fine style just two weeks ago, finishing six under par for four rounds and establishing a new course record at Blairgowrie’s Landsdowne course in the process. Alongside Bookless will be that week’s runner-up, Sam Binning; if the pair can keep their run of form going then the Scottish team could be strong contenders this week.

From Wales, the man in form is without doubt Ben Enoch, the Cornwall-based 18-year-old who made it to the final of the Welsh Amateur Championship at the weekend before losing out to Ben Westgate, a man 11 years his senior. Enoch had already recorded good finishes at the Welsh Open Stroke Play and the St David’s Gold Cross in the past few months, and has been steadily climbing the World Amateur Golf Ranking throughout the year.

Each of the round-robin matches consists of five morning foursomes followed by ten afternoon singles matches. In the first round, holders England will play Wales while Ireland take on Scotland; the second day sees day one’s winning teams play day one’s losing teams; and on the third day, all teams play the nation they have yet to face.

The full teams are as follows:

Captain: Tommy Fleetwood
Jonathan Bell, Royal Blackheath
Tom Boys, Royal Liverpool
Tommy Fleetwood, Formby Hall
Stiggy Hodgson, Sunningdale
Gary King, Tyrrells Wood
Tom Lewis, Welwyn Garden City
Adam Myers, Northamptonshire
Eddie Pepperell, Drayton Park
Darren Renwick, Worthing
Jake Shepherd, Wisley
Max Smith, Newbury Racecourse

Non-Playing Captain: Richard Cusack
Barry Anderson, Co Sligo
Garth Boyd, Donaghadee
Chris Drumm, Rosslare
Alan Dunbar, Rathmore
Paul Dunne, Greystones
Michael Durcan, Co Sligo
Luke Lennox, Moyola Park
Garth McGee, Malone
Richard O’Donovan, Lucan
Chris Selfridge, Moyola Park
Reeve Whitson, Mourne

Non-Playing Captain: Barrie Douglas
Stuart Ballingall, Dunston Hall
Sam Binning, Ranfurly Castle
Mark Bookless, Sandyhills
David Law, Hazlehead
Andrew McLachlan, Bonnyton
Chris Robb, Inchmarlo
James Ross, Royal Burgess
Paul Shields, Kirkhill
Kyle Smith, Kilmarnock (Barassie)
Michael Stewart, Troon Welbeck
Colin Thomson, East Renfreshire

Non-Playing Captain: Mark Heames
Richard Bentham, Celtic Manor
Ben Enoch, Truro
Michael Evans, Clays
Rhodri Harston, Felixstowe Ferry
Llion Lloyd Kerry, Royal St David’s
Oliver Lewis, Ludlow
Ross McLister, Cardiff
Matthew Moseley, Carmarthen
Patrick Mullins, Whitchurch
Christopher Nugent, Fulford Heath
Rhys Pugh, Vale of Glamorgan