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The 2018 World Rugby Classic will be held Nov 4th -10th 2018

Sunday 4th


2:15pm       France Classic Rugby 10 vs. Irish Legends 24

3:45pm       Classic Springboks  24 vs.   Rugby Canada 26

Monday 5th

7:00pm       Classic Lions 20 vs. Rugby Italian Classic XV 13

8:30pm       Classic Pumas 41 vs. USA Classic Eagles 7

Wednesday 7th      

7:00pm       Plate Semi Final:     France Classic Rugby 17 vs. Classic Springboks 10

8:30pm       Classic Semi Final: Irish Legends 10 vs. Rugby Canada 7

Thursday 8th      


7:00pm       Plate Semi Final:    Rugby Italian Classics 15 vs. USA Classic Eagles 16

8:30pm       Classic Semi Final: Classic Lions 6 vs Classic Pumas 11

Saturday 10th      


7:00pm       Plate Final .  USA Classic Eagles 19 vs. France Classic Rugby 0

8:30pm       Classic Final . Irish Legends 0 vs Classic Pumas 25

Since its inception in 1988, the Classic has received generous support from our sponsors.MS Amlin

Before large sporting events were popular in Bermuda and Corporate Hospitality was common, trying to sell a new concept required a big leap of faith and we were delighted that the following shared our dream:

Pan Am Airlines
Transworld Oil
Pinnacle Reinsurance
Bank of Bermuda
Elbow Beach Hotel and

Today we continue to receive generous support from our Major Sponsors:


Chubb, a proud sponsor of the 2018 World Rugby Classic, is the world’s largest publicly traded property and casualty insurance company, and the largest commercial insurer in the United States.

With operations in 54 countries and territories, Chubb provides commercial and personal property and casualty insurance, personal accident and supplemental health insurance, reinsurance and life insurance to a diverse group of clients. As an underwriting company, we assess, assume and manage risk with insight and discipline. We service and pay our claims fairly and promptly. The company is also defined by its extensive product and service offerings, broad distribution capabilities, exceptional financial strength and local operations globally. Parent company Chubb Limited is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: CB) and is a component of the S&P 500 index. Chubb maintains executive offices in Zurich, New York, London and other locations, and employs approximately 31,000 people worldwide.


Fairmont Southampton

Fairmont Southampton is the official hotel of the World Rugby Classic, accommodating many of the visiting International players, referees, wives and partners. Bermuda’s premier luxury resort offers extensive recreational facilities, including Willow Stream Spa with indoor pool, golf at the 18-hole par-3 championship Turtle Hill Golf Club, tennis, water sports and an impressive range of 10 restaurant options in the resort. A wide range of elegant accommodations are available, including the full-service concierge level, Fairmont Gold.



Gosling’s Ltd. Has been around since the year ‘dot’, so it should not be a surprise that they have been a sponsor of the World Rugby Classic for many of those years. They are delighted to continue this relationship as beer, wines, and spirits sponsor for the 2018 World Rugby Classic. You will not have experienced the Classic without indulging in a Dark n’Stormy TM or two! Gosling’s is not only the provider of the Dark with Gosling’s Black Seal Rum ®; they also provide the Stormy with Gosling’s Stormy Ginger Beer ®, which adds a new twist to the expression “still waters run deep”; a subtle revelation after you have enjoyed their “South Shore”.

Stop by one of their two Hamilton retail stores; the Wine Shop on Dundonald Street, or their Flagship store on the corner of Front Street and Queen Street. Either location will show you the extent of their portfolio of wines, spirits and beers. With a temperature controlled wine cellar storage for their customers, an “Olde World” style tasting facility and free deliveries island-wide, you have a selection and customer service better than almost any cosmopolitan counterpart.


2018 Team Sponsors

Allianz Risk Transfer and GOTOILS.US - Classic Eagles

AXA - Irish Legends

Chubb - Rugby Canada

Colonial Group - Classic Lions

Docksiders - Classic Springboks

Irish Rugby Tours - Classic Italians

MS Amlin - Classic Pumas

Associate Sponsors

Conyer's Dill & Pearman - Referees' equipment

MS Amlin - Post padding

Pricewaterhousecoopers - Touchline flags



Sunday 6th November

12:30pm Gates Open

1:00pm Corporate Hospitality Open

2:30pm  Game A - Classic Lions vs Italy

4:00pm  Game B - Canada vs South Africa

Monday 7th November

5:30pm Gates Open

5:45pm Corporate Hospitality Open

7:15pm  Game C - Argentina vs United States

8:30pm  Game D - France vs New Zealand

10:00pm Goslings Tent Tavern Entertainment

Wednesday 9th November

5:30pm Gates Open

5:30pm Corporate Hospiltality Open

5:45pm Bermuda vs, Lloyds RFC

7:15pm Plate Semi Final (Loser A vs Loser B)

8:30pm Classic Semi Final (Winner A vs Winner B)

Thursday 10th November

5:30pm Gates Open

5:45pm Corporate Hospitality Open

7:15pm Plate Semi Final (Loser C vs Loser D)

8:30pm Classic Semi Final (Winner C vs Winner D)

10:00pm Live Band in the Goslings Tent Tavern

Friday 11th November

11:00am Remembrance Day Ceremony - Hamilton

Saturday 12th November

5:30pm Gates Open

6:00pm Corporate Hospitality Open

7:00pm Plate Final

8:30pm Classic Final

9:45pm Prize Presentation

10:00pm Live Band in the Goslings Tent Tavern

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During Classic Week over 6,000 guests are entertained in the Hospitality Village which runs the length of one of the touchlines.

Guests are entertained with a variety of food and wines and Bermuda’s special drink Dark n’ Stormy, all at the invitation of Bermuda’s major international companies, banks and audit firms as well as a number of overseas companies. Our clients include:

Allianz Risk Transfer (Bermuda) Ltd.

American International Group


Argo Group


Bank of New York Mellon

Bermuda Police RFC

Butterfield Bank


Colonial Group International

Conyers, Dill & Pearman

Ernst & Young


Guy Carpenter & Co.


Irish Community

Italian Community


Mariners RFC

Markel Global


Renegades RFC

Schroders (Bermuda) Ltd.

Sompo International

Why Bermuda?

3,000 plus miles from the coast of England, 650 miles from the United States, a dot of some 22 sq.miles in the Atlantic, the tip of an undersea mountain range…how could this small group of Islands become an attraction for so many international rugby players out of the top drawer of the game?

Hardly a bastion of rugby, or so you would think!

Well to answer that, you have to cast your mind back to rugby in the early1970’s when the only opportunity for an international rugby player to travel to “exotic” places was as part of the national team or be selected for the Lions tours to Australia, New Zealand or South Africa.

Bermuda changed that thinking!

From the early seventies, Bermuda has played host to many of the world’s most famous international players, and it all started with the Easter Classic which involved just one match on Easter Sunday: the Bermuda-Irish against Bermuda.

International players augmenting the local players, would fly in on a Thursday, enjoy a couple of days of Bermuda’s famous hospitality, play the game on the Sunday, and then continue with the hospitality until they flew out on Tuesday, somewhat bleary-eyed, but with some great memories.

Easter Sunday at the Classic quickly became a Bermuda tradition, with a champagne brunch and some wonderful rugby. It was the start of Corporate Hospitality in Bermuda.

At that time of the year the Barbarians Tour to Wales was the only other rugby event over Easter, and as an England captain was quoted as saying; “Which would you prefer, three tough games in Wales or a one match tour to Bermuda? Not a difficult choice?!”

At one point in time, eight of the most capped players in the world had played in the Easter Classic, an annual event which lasted 21 years.

Many long-lasting friendships were built over the years, and in 1988, reaching out to many of those players, the first World Rugby Classic was started.

Bermuda quickly became the meeting place for many players from all around the world who had played against each other over the years, and were now given the opportunity to renew old friendships and make new ones.

Twenty-one Easter Classics and thirty World Rugby Classics attracting some of the greatest names in the sport to a little island in the Atlantic.

Not bad?! 

In their words....

“The business community, financial institutions, and local and international companies, together with the Department of Tourism, are to be congratulated for their foresight and support of this tournament.” Sir John Swan, Premier of Bermuda

“You have stolen the march on the British Isles' authorities who should have been developing such an event.” Ian Robertson, Rugby Correspondent for BBC Television.

“I have no doubt that, during the next week, many tales will be told on many parts of the Island. For us veterans of the Island, it is great to be back amongst such crazy people. For the “Island Virgins” ( first trippers) hold on to your hats!" Steve Smith, captain of England

“I have the happiest memory of my two visits to the Easter Classic: one as a player and one as coach to the Bermuda-Irish team. I think we may have lost on both occasions!” Willie John McBride. Captain of Ireland and the Lions, and President of the Classic Lions.

“There are many phrases my wife dreads hearing; “I’m popping out for a quick pint” or “I think I can fix it myself”and “let’s have an early night” There is now another in her black book: “Excuse me a moment John Kane is on the phone." John Rutherford, Scotland and the Lions.

My experiences in Bermuda will never be forgotten. Thank you for giving me a brilliant experience”, Jeremy Guscott, England and the Lions

What will stay with me is the great memories of 5-star hospitality, wonderful people and a very well-run event”, Francois Pienaar, Captain of South Africa

It is a wonderful event which I have always enjoyed, kudos to the entire team”, Michael Douglas, Academy Award Winner


Latest News

2018 Classic - Finals Day

11 November 2018

Plate Final .  USA Classic Eagles 19 vs. France Classic Rugby 0 Classic Final . Irish Legends 0 vs Classic Pumas 25

2018 Classic - Day 4 scores

09 November 2018

Plate Semi Final:    Rugby Italian Classics 15 vs. USA Classic Eagles 16 Classic Semi Final: Classic Lions 6 vs Classic Pumas 11

2018 Classic - Day 3 Scores

08 November 2018

Plate Semi Final:     France Classic Rugby 17 vs. Classic Springboks 10 Classic Semi Final:   Irish Legends 10 vs. Rugby Canada 7

2018 Classic - Day 2 Scores

06 November 2018

Classic Lions 20 vs. Rugby Italian Classic XV 13 Classic Pumas 41 vs. USA Classic Eagles 7

2018 Classic - Day 1 Scores

05 November 2018

  Classic French 10 - Irish Legends 24 Classic Springboks 24 - Canadian Classics 26 Match reports to follow.....  

Updated team lists

17 October 2018

Teams lists as of October 30th, but please be aware there may be last minute changes. Canada (images/CLASSIC_CANADA.pdf) Eagles / USA (images/CLASSIC_EAGLES.pdf) Classic French (images/CLASSIC_FRENCH.pdf) Italy (images/CLASSIC_ITALY.pdf) Lions (images/CLASSIC_LIONS.pdf) Pumas / Argentina (images/CLASSIC_PUMAS.pdf) Springboks /...

Notable visitors for the 2018 Classic

17 October 2018

Patrice Lagisguet, manager of France Classic Rugby, was nicknamed the “Bayonne Express”. He played on the wing for France from 1983-1991, making 46 appearances and scoring 20 tries. He played in the...

Classic Team News

28 May 2018

The 30th Anniversary Classic (4th to the 11th November) Ireland will be managed by Shane Byrne who played 41 times for Ireland and made four appearances for the Lions. The Classic...

Rugby Classic Award

03 December 2015
Rugby Classic Award

The World Rugby Classic wins a 2015 Bermudian magazine Product Service Award!

Video of the 2012 WRC

22 April 2013

This great Youtube clip showcases the 2012 Classic http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUHWZw29zu8 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUHWZw29zu8)


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