Since the early 1970s, Bermuda has played host to many of the world’s most famous international rugby players, starting with the Easter Classic held each Easter Sunday. That rich tradition evolved nearly 30 years ago into the annual World Rugby Classic, held each November, and it’s been a runaway hit.
Helping children and families
The annual World Rugby Classic also served a greater purpose: helping those in need.
This year, Argo made a $5,000 donation in the names of its guests in one of the Hospitality Village tents it sponsored in lieu of traditional gifts to the Coalition for the Protection of Children. It’s a Bermuda-based group dedicated to ensuring the rights and needs of children and their families.
The Argo tent also had a Western theme — a nod to Argo’s U.S. headquarters in San Antonio, Texas. It was a chance for employees and their families to socialize with colleagues and clients and to spotlight one of the many nonprofit organizations that Argo supports in various locations.
World-Cup style event
This year’s Classic (Nov. 5–12) included eight teams representing Argentina, the British Isles, Canada, France, Italy, New Zealand, South Africa and the United States. South Africa beat Argentina, 12-0, to claim the championship, with France and Canada placing third and fourth, respectively, capping a week of exciting competition.
A full-contact sport of strength, speed and strategy, rugby is hugely popular in many parts of the world, with passions and national pride that run deep.
The action at the National Sports Centre just outside Hamilton gives players age 33 and older who’ve ended their professional careers an opportunity to again face some of the world’s top competitors.
For fans, it’s a chance to get a closer look at these recently retired stars during the 10-game tournament.
For a recap of all the happenings at this year’s Classic, visit worldrugby.bm.