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The Bermuda World Classic welcomes age grade, over 33-year-old international players to a classic event on the island. Usually, eight team constitute the tournament. The USA Eagles Player Association has sent a representative fifteen since 1988.
In 2004, a colorfully attired Team America traveled to the Classic, a year after the Team surprised everyone by winning the first two 2003 matches against the All-Blacks and the Springboks before losing to France in the final.
What distinguished Team America from the seven other 2004 entries (i.e.; France, New Zealand, Argentina, Canada, South Africa, Barbarians [Ireland, Wales, Scotland, and England], and Australia) is that not all players have been capped by the national team. The roster of 2004 included many trialists and reserves. Also, the multi-capped captain Craig Hartley (54), John Hinkin (36) and Mika Skahan (25).
Team America lost to Australia 17-0 in the first round, which ended their hopes for a Cup opportunity. Other first round results saw France beating Canada, Argentina defeating the Barbarians, and South Africa winning 60-31 against the All Blacks in a try tallying free-for-all.
Relegated to the Plate division, Team America lost their second match to the Baa-Baas 35-7.
New Zealand won the Plate 20-19. South Africa beat Australia for the Cup championship.
Manager Jeff Lombard shouldered the organization for the tour.
Frank Kennedy served as coach.