Marseille’s beach rugby is a milestone for this edition of the EBRA Series. If, in fact, in Porto and in The Hague the teams have tested their own abilities on the sand, after a season spent running on the grass, in Marseille the best of European beach rugby will challenge openly. The French of the Minots, the hosts of the Ovale Beach Marseille and the South Africans of the Wild Dogs will try to do battle with Russia, while the Yakha XIII could be the surprise of the tournament, as happened in the past. << We have worked so hard over the years to make this tournament as international and as level as possible – said Lionel Laugier, organizer of the Marseille stage – I think the road we have taken is the right one. I am, then, certain that in this edition the show will be the master: many, in fact, the teams that arrive on the French sand to play for the final title and, at the same time, to gain points in view of the stage of Lignano and the final of Figueira>>.
After a weekend break, EBRA beach rugby starts again with the Marseille stage. In The Hague and Porto we have seen so many positive things: starting from the increasingly high level of play, passing through an increasingly global involvement of the teams participating, passing through an ever greater success with the public and participation. At the level of results in The Hague the national team of Russia proved to be a really well-structured team, the French of Ovale Beach Marseille and of the Minots confirmed themselves as two of the strongest teams at European level, as well as the South Africans of SA Wild Dogs. In Porto, on the other hand, it was the university teams of Lisbon and, precisely, Porto that played the role of host, showing off a game that was spectacular at times and showing how Portuguese beach rugby really takes it seriously. With this in mind we reached the organizer of Figueira’s final and EBRA member, Rui Loureiro to take stock of these Series and the Portuguese finals, that this year celebrates 10 years.
Are you ready for this year Final?
Sure we are! In 2019 we celebrate the Figueira Beach Rugby 10th edition so we are planning something special to the more than 50 teams from 10 countris that will visit us!
We are very excited with the various competitions that gonna be held in Figueira. EBRA Master Final Cup, EBRA Series and Portugal Beach Rugby Series. We will see many teams being crowned in Figueira.
How do you feel about this Ebra Series 2019?
I think that all the tournaments have a very good level of organization. Very nice locations, awesome Beach Rugby Arenas, and many teams attending the events. The good vibes are building up and we are confident that everyone will have a blast once they reach the Figueira shores.
After the Hague and Porto, here comes the third stage of the EBRA Series: Marseille. On French soil, some of the strongest and most organized teams on the entire International Beach Rugby scene will compete. There will be the European Champions in charge, of course, of Ovale Beach Marseille, the national team of Russia, the fearsome Minots, not to mention the South Africans of SA Wild Dogs and the stars of the Yakha XIII league. << We have tried to make this stage more and more high-level – comments Lionel Laugier, organizer of the Marseille event and president of EBRA – now the field will be talking, but I expect a great show. A prediction? I do not unbalance myself, but there will be fun >>.