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Our tour to South Africa officially ended in the early hours of Monday morning when we touched down at Heathrow. Much of the 48 hours since has been spent unpacking, sleeping and spending time with families (and work) and for most of us has been somewhat of a blur. Co-incidentally, today marks exactly 1 year to go until the 2024 Palma Long Range World Championship match, and as such it seems an appropriate time to pause and reflect on our tour.

Protea Match

This morning saw the second of our two team matches, the Protea match, and is considered the most prestigious match in South Africa. GB Teams have competed in various international ‘test matches’ in South Africa from the first overseas tour to visit in 1921 but the first time a GB team competed in the Protea Match, as it is now named, was in 1998. This will be GB’s 15th appearance in the Protea match, and it is well known to be hard to win against South Africa on their home soil.

GBRT Win Protea…by 1 point!

The Great Britain Rifile Team have contested a closely fought match with South Africa, USA and England. South Africa led by two points going into the final range but, as the result of some exceptional wind coaching, GBRT were able to overcome that deficit and win by a solitary point. We would like to congratulate the other teams, and particularly South Africa, on producing a match of the closest margins…
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Featured Team Members

Jeremy Langley
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Jeremy (a third-generation shooter from Devon) is a seasoned international shot and coach having toured for Great Britain on 18 previous occasions (including five tours to South Africa – spanning three decades). In 2017 he was Nick Tremlett’s Vice-Captain in South Africa where he main coached all three winning matches, including the most recent Australia Match.

As GB Captain for both this tour and the 2024 Palma, Jeremy has been working with a large GB Squad for the last two years. This ‘pre-Palma’ tour is a great way for the team to experience the challenges of shooting in South Africa and Jeremy is greatly looking forward to renewing old friendships forged by many years of international competition.

In his spare time when not shooting or coaching, he and his wife Judy can be found chasing after their two sons Benjamin (16) & Harry (11).

Bill Richards
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This will be Bill’s twelfth GB tour and his fourth to South Africa, including once with England in 2009. Although best known as a coach, Bill has appeared in the final of HM Queen’s Prize final 25 times and 18 times in the top 50 of the Grand Aggregate, so he can occasionally point his rifle in the right direction.

Bill has been a Maths teacher since 2003 and is extremely grateful to his school for allowing him time off during term time to tour. When Bill isn’t teaching or on the range, Bill is involved in running Space Design Competitions, inspiring the next generation of rocket scientists! He is rarely found without his Kindle, reading mostly a diet of science fiction and fantasy.

Rosanne Furniss
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Rosanne started shooting in 2005. After 10 years focusing on Match Rifle following graduation from university, she restarted Target Rifle in 2019 and has enjoyed the opportunity to shoot for England in the National and Mackinnon, and shot for GB for the first time in the Kolapore Match at Bisley in 2022. Rosanne is looking forward to joining the team in South Africa for her first target rifle overseas tour, and to experience shooting target rifle outside of Bisley.

Aside from shooting, Rosanne works in consulting, supporting health and care systems across the UK to implement change.

James Watson
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With seventeen previous England and GB Tours, James is now amongst the more seasoned members of the team. He has shot in South Africa and specifically Bloemfontein on nine occasions, the most recent being for the 2017 Australia Match. A member of the last four GB Palma Teams, James also earned his “Big Five” Matches badge in 2011 and captained Great Britain for the Kolapore match in 2021. Individually, his most recent success was winning the Gold medal in the 800 yards aggregate at the 2019 World Championships.

James works for Amazon in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) business enabling customers to run their computing in the cloud. At home, he is married to Ellen with two children Eddie and Zoë who keep him on his toes.

James has missed touring over the “Covid years” and is looking forward to seeing many familiar faces back on the General de Wet ranges.

Meet the Team

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Captain’s Foreword

My family has a long tradition of fullbore rifle shooting with substantial links to South Africa. My Grandfather Major Tom Anstey, captained the 1953 GB Team to South Africa whilst my father, Major David Scott-Langley, was Adjutant to the 1963 GB Team. In 1993 I made my first trip to South Africa as a member of that year’s Great Britain Rifle Team…

South Africa 2023 Team Announcement

GBRT South Africa 2023 team announcement
I am delighted to announce the names of those selected for the GB Rifle Team to South Africa, touring in March 2023…
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