The Bermuda Rugby Football Union (the “BRFU”) is the overall governing body for Rugby Union in Bermuda and is responsible for organizing all aspects of Rugby in Bermuda, from youth rugby to senior rugby, men’s, women’s, passionate patrons or the casual fan, we have you covered.
The BRFU is a full member of Rugby America North (“RAN”). RAN is one of the six World Rugby regional associations and is the governing body of the sixteen Unions in Rugby Americas North.
We aim to promote the defining character-building traits of rugby; Integrity, Passion, Solidarity, Discipline and Respect. These characteristics are collectively known as the World Rugby values and are incorporated within the World Rugby Playing Charter, a guiding document aimed at preserving rugby’s unique character and ethos both on and off the field of play.
Youth rugby is run, in collaboration with Beyond Rugby, through kids Sunday morning rugby, middle school and high school competition for girls and boys. In addition, the BRFU sends youth national squads to overseas competition from U12 to U19 age groups. Youth teams have also gone on tours to the UK, US and Caribbean in recent years
There are several aspects to senior rugby in Bermuda:
A 12 round league run from October to March. Men’s play 15XV full contact while women play a 7-a -side touch format.
A preseason, “Mad Hatters Tournament” named after the sponsor restaurant, The Mad Hatters, is held in before the official start of the season, contested by both men’s and women’s teams in a round robin style 1 day competition. The men and women’s teams also contest a post league cup in a knockout format. The Nichol Shield, the oldest continuous sporting competition in Bermuda, is contested by the men’s XV sides. The women’s teams compete for the Scully cup. During the season each club will host a “Club day” where that clubs first and second teams will play against the best of the rest in the President and Vice Presidents select sides.
Tournaments for the shortened version of the game are run in September and March to help prepare the national Sevens teams for the international competitions.
Men’s XV – currently play in the RAN competition, facing teams in the Caribbean, North and Central America.
Sevens – Both Men and Women 7’s sides compete in the RAN 7s. This international competition acts as qualifier for the Pan American Games and Hong Kong sevens. Both sides also compete in Common Wealth and Olympic qualifiers as well as invitational tournaments.
The BRFU, in collaboration with Ariel Re, host and participate in an international college and high school 7s competition in March, the Ariel Re 7s which sees men’s and women’s teams visit from America and Canada, providing top level competition to our local players right here in Bermuda.