Saturday 22 September in The Hague (Holland), at the General Assembly of E.B.R.A. there have been fundamental changes aimed at improving.
“It was imperative to give a serious and concrete response to all requests, including those controversies, to find new formulas that would be more balanced with the intercontinental championship”, says President of EBRA Lionel Lauguier, who has been reconfirmed for a second term. “The most important point” – continues Laugier – “was that all the proposals presented were accepted unanimously by the General Assembly. Significant sign that there was full sharing and understanding of the innovation project implemented by all the members of E.B.R.A. ”
The restructuring began with the election of new offices, which sees the Dutch Kasper Bleijenberg as new Vice President, while the Italian Giancarlo Stocco has been appointed Secretary General with responsibility for the Disciplinary, relations with RUGBY EUROPE, the 7s – beach Commission rugby – snowrugby in Rugby Europe, at Ebra Media and Marketing Communication.
Head of the referees is reconfirmed the Englishman Dave Drury, while the Italian Andrea Leone will fly to Holland to expand the excellent Dutch program to be applied to all stages of the Ebra Series, to achieve results, penalties and update classifications in real time, following him in first person.
The very important news is the new way to access to the Final Master.
The winners of the Ebra tournaments, the winners of the National Championships of Italy, Portugal and Netherlands and the Wild Cards of the Ranking of the Ebra Series of the 2018 season, will enter the 2019 Final Master.
“We tried to find the best solution to access the finals of the best European teams with a meritocratic system but also by putting the teams in a position to prepare an investment budget for the following season”, says President Laugier. “In this way the Clubs will be able to evaluate the investments, participate in the Series to gain access to the Master of the following year and, who qualified, also play the Master of the Year in progress”.
The latest news comes precisely from the Final Master. It seemed that Barcelona was in pool position for the award, but during the debate on the conditions of the award, there was the withdrawal of the candidacy by the Catalan organization and the Portuguese contest with the awarding of the final in Figueira da Foz.
“A unique opportunity not to be missed” – the commentary by Rui Louriero, the Portuguese organizer. “Bringing the best European teams to Portugal was my dream and the new championship formula ensures high-level performance. An excellent investment “.
Following the annexation of the new event in Porto (Portugal) that will be part of the Ebra Series in 2019, the candidature for a new event that will follow the process of sponsorship has been accepted. It is the tournament of Senigallia (Italy) located north of Ancona on the Adriatic Sea.
For the official dates of the Ebra Series 2019 and the names of the Clubs that will participate in the 2019 Master Final, it will be necessary to wait until the end of September.