Rugby union in Bermuda
|Rugby union in Bermuda|
|Governing body||Bermuda Rugby Football Union|
|First played||Late 19th century|
|Registered players||707 |
Rugby union in Bermuda is a popular sport. Because of Bermuda's small population, less than 70,000, it has not produced a world class rugby union team, but nonetheless is a dominant force within Caribbean rugby.
As with many British colonies, rugby union was an early arrival in the island, being played since the 19th century.
Rugby in the island has tended to be played by the white population, as well as some immigrants, such as former Bristol winger Barry Whitehead.
Bermudian rugby suffered a major setback in 1958, when a regular Bermuda Rugby Week competition popular with U.S. teams was dropped by the sponsoring Bermuda Trade Development Board because of complaints about off-pitch behaviour.
The island is also quite small measuring no more than twenty-one square miles. This coupled with its small population make it hard for a major rugby culture to emerge.
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