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When you first played rugby at college, you assumed that after graduation, the rugby career would end. Then, you discovered there were many club teams in cities throughout the USA, which would extend your rugby playing, probably, into the mid-thirties. Maybe then you would hang up the boots and take up a non-contact sport like golf.
But the yen to continue playing rugby spurred on the formation of Old Boys Sides for the over 35, over 45, and over 50-year aged player. These emerging senior clubs became the recruiting sides for newly established touring sides of former national team players retired from elite competition. These teams would play in the newly designated named Classic events against other fifteens of the same high level and retired status.
Bermuda became the main host of these annual international Masters’ Classic events, but other venues cropped up for spirited play. In 2007, the USA played Canada in a Can-Am Masters Classic, contested in Stone Harbor, New Jersey. The USA triumphed 25-15. The side was captained by Andre Bachelet, former Eagle scrumhalf,
The USA lead 15-5 at the break. The Canadians rebounded to make the score close at 20-15. Then, MVP Mike Farris scored his second try of the match to secure the USA win. The victory avenged the 2006 loss to Canada in the Bermuda Classic.