New Zealand will return to the 2014 World Rugby Classic after a two year gap while another Southern Hemisphere country, Australia, is “rested”.
“It’s always been a question of finances” said John Kane, the Classic’s President, “as it costs about $100,000 to bring in these Southern Hemisphere teams and bringing both in at the same time is just prohibitive”
New Zealand will be joined by Argentina, Canada, Classic Lions, France, Italy, South Africa and the United States in this year’s Classic which will run from Sunday the 9th to Saturday the 15th November with a big Welcome Event in Hamilton on Saturday the 8th.
The “subsidiary” games of Classic Week are also starting to develop with the British Army, Atlanta Renegades and Old Bermuda playing each other while expectations are also high that a couple of schoolboys teams will also be visiting to play against the local talent.
South Africa, the current holders, will face a stern challenge from the Classic All Blacks who have won the World Rugby Classic a record nine times compared to five from South Africa with the Classic Lions winners on seven occasions.
Since it started in 1988 the World rugby Classic has developed into one of Bermuda’s most popular events, attracting visitors from all around the world, all here to enjoy the unique atmosphere of good rugby & corporate hospitality as well as being able to mix freely with the international rugby stars.