Hamilton, Bermuda | Telephone: (441) 295 6574

The 2023 World Rugby Classic will take place November 3rd - 9th


  • Default
  • Title
  • Date
  • Random

Rugby Italian XV have been forced to withdraw from next week’s event due to Covid-19 regulations.

While travel from the United Kingdom to Italy is permitted with proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test result, and no quarantine period required, travellers from Bermuda to the former do not fall under the same regulations – despite the island being a British Overseas Territory – resulting in a 14-day quarantine period upon arrival.

“It is a frustrating situation” said John Kane, president of the World Rugby Classic.

“Bermuda is on the UK ‘green list’, Italy is on the UK ‘green list’ but Bermuda is not on any list in Italy. The result is the players would have to quarantine, after returning from Bermuda for 14 days and that is quite impossible.”

Kane admitted every effort was made to keep the Italian team in the Classic, but in the end had to concede defeat.

“We have worked though the Italian Consul here and in New York, while the Italian management has been in contact with their Department of Health as well as involving the Olympic Association in Rome, but all to no avail,” he added.

“We have provided details of the Covid situation in Bermuda, as well as the steps we have taken to keep everyone safe, but have hit a brick wall.

“It is a disappointing outcome trying to deal with rules which are different from country to country.”

Despite the setback, the latest withdrawal means that Bermuda have once again been reinstated into the tournament.

The Bermuda team, which will be led by national head coach Jamie Barnwell, were previously confirmed as a late replacement for the USA Classic Eagles, who withdrew after losing their main sponsor.

However, after the Ireland Legends team also opted to pull out, organisers withdrew the invitation to the Bermuda team, citing the event could not be run with an odd number of teams.

Stepping in to fill the void at short notice once again, they will kick off proceedings in the opening match against Canada on Monday evening, followed by France Classic Rugby against Lions Rugby Legends.

“It is important to show, like the PGA Golf Tournament, that Bermuda is open for business as any people here rely on the income the events generate in these difficult times,” Kane added.

Latest News

Finals Weekend Update

17 October 2022

France retain World Rugby Classic crown in thrilling title decider (https://www.royalgazette.com/rugby/sport/article/20221014/flawless-france-retain-world-rugby-classic-crown/) Canada sign off from World Rugby Classic in style (https://www.royalgazette.com/rugby/sport/article/20221014/canada-sign-off-from-world-rugby-classic-in-style/)

Weekend Match Update

10 October 2022

Read all about the weekend's matches in the RG below: France battle back to get World Rugby Classic title defence off to winning start (https://www.royalgazette.com/rugby/sport/article/20221010/canada-stun-lions-to-end-rugby-classic-drought-after-16-years/) Bermuda Thrash Gibraltar to Delight of...

2022 Team Lists

07 October 2022

The 2022 team lists can be found below: Argentina / Pumas (images/CLASSIC_PUMAS_22.pdf) Canada (images/CLASSIC_CANADA_22.pdf) Eagles / USA (images/CLASSIC_EAGLES_22.pdf) France (images/CLASSIC_FRENCH_22.pdf) Lions Legends (images/CLASSIC_LIONS_22.pdf)

Delon Armitage confirmed for World Rugby Classic return

04 October 2022

Delon Armitage has been announced as one of the latest big names set to sprinkle some stardust on the World Rugby Classic. Armitage, who featured in the Classic in 2019, will...

France win 2021 World Rugby Classic

14 November 2021

From Bernews... (https://bernews.com/2021/11/france-crowned-world-rugby-classic-champions/) France were crowned the 2021 World Rugby Classic Champions after defeating Bermuda 25 – 17 at the National Sports Center. Bermuda got tries from Mike Dill and Tyler Kendell,...

WRC 2021 Day 3 Round Up

12 November 2021

From The Royal Gazette... (https://www.royalgazette.com/rugby/sport/article/20211111/bermudas-world-rugby-classic-title-challenge-halted-by-lions/) Bermuda’s World Rugby Classic title challenge suffered a major setback after going down to a 24-10 defeat to Lions Legend tonight. Having overcome Classic Canada 20-5 in...

WRC 2021 Day 2 Round Up

11 November 2021

From Bernews... (https://bernews.com/2021/11/world-rugby-classic-france-defeated-canada/) Canada took on France on the second night of the World Rugby Classic 2021 at the National Sports Centre, with France claiming the victory. France took the lead when...

WRC 2021 Day 1 Round Up

09 November 2021

From The Royal Gazette  (http://www.theroyalgazette.com)   Bermuda announced their return to the World Rugby Classic in style with a commanding 20-5 opening-evening victory over Classic Canada at the National Sports Centre yesterday. After decades...

Italy Replaced by Bermuda

05 November 2021

Rugby Italian XV have been forced to withdraw from next week’s event due to Covid-19 regulations. While travel from the United Kingdom to Italy is permitted with proof of vaccination or...

Four Teams Confirmed For World Rugby Classic

21 October 2021

We are now only three weeks out until the 33rd World Rugby Classic! Lots of planning is going on behind the scenes and there have been a few changes. Matches...

Rugby Classic 2021 Update!

05 October 2021

The 33rd Annual Rugby Classic, which takes place from the 7th to the 13th November, will be a “Vaccinated Only” event. John Kane, the World Rugby Classic President, in announcing this...

The 33rd World Rugby Classic is on!

25 August 2021

The good news was just received that the 33rd World Rugby Classic, a SafeKey Event, will take place from the 7th to the 13th November. “This is the best rugby result...


07 November 2019

With high winds and very heavy rain forecast for Saturday evening it has been decided to move the finals to Friday evening starting at 7.15pm. The high winds will prevent sides...

2019 Team Lists

02 November 2019

Argentina (images/CLASSIC_PUMAS.doc) Canada (images/CLASSIC_CANADA.doc) France (images/CLASSIC_FRENCH.doc) Ireland (images/IRISH_RUGBY_LEGENDS.doc) Italy (images/CLASSIC_ITALY.doc) Lions (images/CLASSIC_LION1.doc) South Africa (images/CLASSIC_SPRINGBOKS.doc) USA (images/CLASSIC_EAGLES.doc)

Public Catering - Request for Proposals

12 August 2019

This year the World Rugby Classic is inviting applications for caterers to be involved in supplying food within the Public Catering area for the week of the 32nd Classic. ...

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)


Bermuda Rugby Classic

The 2023 World Rugby Classic Bermuda will be held November 3rd - 9th.


  (441) 278 1500
  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Buy Tickets Now


  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  (441) 295 6574
  (441) 296 7318
  The World Rugby Classic, P.O. Box HM 2267, Hamilton, Bermuda
Visit Our Facebook Page