North Sea Beach Rugby, the organizer Kasper Bleijenberg talks about present and future of Beach Rugby

How is North Sea Beach Rugby proceeding

15 and 16 June 2019 will be the fourth edition of North Sea Beach Rugby. Because of the official recognition of the Dutch Rugby Bond (Rugby Nederland) we can organize the Dutch Championship Beach 5s Rugby in the coming years. And not only for the men and women but also for U14, U16 and U18. This is important for the promotion of the sport in the Netherlands. Furthermore, the program has been expanded with a large youth tournament for under twelve years. The future for Beach 5s Rugby and the EBRA. Eventually, on Saturday 1200 players will play Beach Rugby with a total of 16 pitches. A beautiful sight.

Nort Sea Beach Rugby not only wants to be for the top teams from Europe but must be a event for young and old, the whole family. A weekend where the sport Beach 5s Rugby is promoted in a positive way and motivates people to practice the sport.

Furthermore we are in an advanced stage to let teams play from among others the Turn-Over project. These projects deal with problem youth and offer them a future through rugby.  Last year we already had a team playing at North Sea Beach Rugby. And the reactions were very positive. Even more important than the result for the young people is the feeling of being part of the rugby family. To be accepted.

Finally, I would like to say that December 15, North Sea Beach Rugby the first indoor Beach Rugby tournament for the youngest youth have. The idea is still small but in the coming years we hope to expand this. What could be better than playing Beach 5s Rugby in winter in a summer atmosphere.


In the last meeting in The Hague necessary decisions were taken to make the EBRA more professional and more future proof. The adjustments were very much needed for North Sea Beach Rugby to be seen by the Dutch Rugby Bond (Rugby Nederland) and the Municipality of The Hague as a serious overarching organization and partner of North Sea Beach Rugby.

The EBRA has been established as a neutral organisation by the upcoming changes. An organization that objectively looks at the developments within the Beach Rugby world and actively responds to them. And by the professional set-up seen as a serious discussion partner within the  unions and other organizations. An association that is not only involved in the organisation of the European Beach 5s Rugby circuit, but is also involved in changes to the rules of the game.

Also very important is that the participating teams, referees but also organizers of Beach 5s Rugby events know where they stand. The EBRA must be clear, open but also supportive. An association that stands for the Beach 5s Rugby and the associated core values such as respect, sportsmanship and where everyone counts.

If all the changes and future adjustments have taken place, the EBRA and the Beach 5s Rugby will have a bright future in the Netherlands, Europe and beyond.


The EBRA has a bright future. A future that is partly determined by the input and commitment of the organizers of Beach 5s Rugby. Points of attention are the further development of a consecutive tournament registration system. At the moment we are already working with such a digital system in the Netherlands. This will be further developed for all participating organizers so that the EBRA has all results, stands and the like in real time.

Furthermore, we are currently looking at a player registration system for the EBRA circuit. This is still a big challenge that requires a bit more time. But in the end this must be done to be uniform as an organization.

North Sea Beach rugby also wants to further develop youth rugby within the EBRA. And also make it possible for young referees to be trained to whistle Beach 5s Rugby.  

The EBRA should not only be busy with the present but also with the future.


Yakha XIII’s beach rugby player Younès Khattabi is the new sport director of France XIII

The former Catalan Dragons player who plays today in Entraigues, Younès Khattabi, will be the new sports director of the French national team. The French Federation specifies that it will be mainly in charge of administrative tasks with the teams of France.

Younès Khattabi was a great rugby league player and also a fantastic beach rugby player. He is one of the member of Yakha XIII, one of the most strong beach rugby team in Europe and one of the leaders of EBRA – European Beach Rugby Association – Series in the last few season.

EBRA President Lionel Laugier presents the 2019 European Championship

New methods to access the Master Final, to ensure show and quality.

European Beach Rugby Association in the sign of total renewal. After the news of the new positions and investiture in the management, a strong signal is given for the establishment of the 2019 European championship.

“Too many complaints, polemics and unnecessary accusations have come in recent times” – comments Lionel Laugier President E.B.R.A. – “But we wanted to shake off all the useless frauds and controversies, going to seek maximum satisfaction for the European clubs and improve the championship and access to the Final Master. This last point has been discussed very carefully and we are convinced that currently, it is the best sustainable offer “.

Various factors have been taken into account, including the planning of the teams to register for the events, the costs and certainty of access also to the Final Master but remaining in the seasonal spending budgets.

And so we have come up with the idea of giving the teams a year to prepare to participate not only in the European championship, but also in the Master Final for those entitled to it.

The  2019 EBRA Master Final Cup will be played in Figueira da Foz, Portugal, on 21st and 22nd July.

“We chose to anticipate a final weekend, to avoid overlapping the Beach Rugby Tournament for Nations which will be held on July 27 and 28 in Moscow for the third consecutive year”, comments Laugier.

The novelty lies in the new method of access to the Final Master. At Figueira da Foz will enter 12 men’s and 10 women’s teams. Will be the teams that won the 2018 tournaments of British Beach Rugby, North Sea Netherlands, Figueira da Foz, Barcelona, Marseille and Lignano International. The teams that have won more than one tournament, will leave the space to the second classified

There will be also some Wild Cards: the winners of the National Championships of Italy, Portugal and the Netherlands are called and the first 3 teams classified in the E.B.R.A. ranking 2018 who did not get the qualification.

In a few days all these teams will receive the communication from E.B.R.A. to obtain confirmation of participation in the 2019 Final Master.

But the teams that will play in the E.B.R.A. Series 2019, for what will they fight?

“For among others the Master Final 2020, which sees the Hague tournament in Holland in the running” Lionel Laugier replies.