If you’ve been disappointed by the British Lions’ performance in New Zealand and would like to see a real spectacle of sport then why not leave the cold climes of the UK behind and head to Bermuda to see the Classic Lions Team in action in the 2005 World Rugby Classic?
From the 6-12 November the paradise Island of Bermuda will welcome some of the world’s top former international rugby players to its shores for what is set to be a thrilling week of top-class action. With its unique mix of world-class rugby and old school camaraderie, the World Rugby Classic, which takes place on Bermuda’s shores each year, never fails to impress rugby followers from across the globe.
Kicking off with a traditional Bermudian street party on Saturday 6 November, the World Rugby Classic is an opportunity for sports fans to not only watch the action on the pitch but also catch up with the players at one of the many events that take place in Bermuda during the competition.
With this year’s line up once again featuring a host of well-known names from all corners of the world, rugby fans will delight in swapping stories and taking tips from some of the planet’s best players.
The defending champions, South Africa, will be back in Bermuda this year trying to keep their hands on the highly sought after crystal trophy, whilst hopefuls from countries as far flung as the British Isles, New Zealand, France and Argentina amongst other countries will fight against them for this elusive prize!
With South Africa’s line up for this year including the likes of Joost ven der Westhuizen, Naka Drotske, Mark Andrews and Rassie Erasmus it seems that the defending champions may be difficult to beat.
However, the UK’s very own Classic Lions Team will be putting their best team forward with a host of world-class British players including former England star Jason Leonard, ex-Welsh International Allen Bateman, former Scotland and Wasps International Kenny Logan, England and London Irish favourite Chris Sheasby and the former Scottish International and Melrose Rugby Club Captain Craig Chalmers amongst others.
And if you thought that rugby was only for men, then think again as this year’s tournament will also see some of Britain’s top female rugby players compete in what is set to be a tightly fought international match between the British Isles and the United States.
Harlequin Holidays are currently offering seven night stays at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess over this year’s World Rugby Classic for just £1208 per person. Price includes seven nights accommodation in a Fairmont Room on a room only basis, return British Airways flights from London Gatwick to Bermuda and a one day pass to the Classic Club, a players and patrons facility located on the touchline that serves excellent food and wine and enables you to mingle with some of biggest names in rugby.