Up to and including 1981 the International Match at the South African Open Championships was known as the RSA International and it was a short range match with one convertible sighter and ten shots to count at each of 300, 500 and 600 yards.
In 1982, the Protea Match was shot for the first time and it included a long range with 10 shots each at 300, 600 and 900 yards. Teams consisted of ten shooters, a captain and two coaches. Today, the Protea Match is a team of twelve shooters, three coaches, a main coach, an adjutant, a captain and three reserves. Each shooter fires 10 shots to count at each of 300, 600 and 900 metres. A new trophy (pictured) will be awarded to the winners from 2017 onwards.
The match record is 1780.213, achieved by Great Britain in 2017. The winners, when UK teams have been present, are listed below:
South Africa – 10 wins
Great Britain – 3 wins
Australia – 1 win