Bermuda Rugby Classic
In the 1970’s and early 1980’s Bermuda successfully invited a number of 1st class rugby union nations to play exhibition games here and some of the players liked the camaraderie and the rum cocktails so much they helped instigate a veteran’s tournament that came to fruition in 1988. Players such as Willie John McBride and JPR Williams were early guests as teams from all over the world came to contest the tournament. Wales won that first Classic in 1988 and a powerful All Blacks won last year’s title.
Bermuda Rugby Classic week is about the best week on the island. Held at the National Stadium, the night’s are drawing in but a fleece suffices while standing out in the open tucking away a few Heinekens and watching some of the world’s best rugby players (over the age of 33) battle it out for the for both pride and prize.
I am going tonight and the games includes an exhibition match between a Bermuda XV and Lloyds RFC followed by Canada v USA and then South Africa v the Lions.
Tomorrow is a public holiday here, so tonight is like a Friday in camourflage and I’m well in the mood for a few pints.