The EBRA – European Beach Rugby Association met in an extraordinary meeting in Porto in order to establish a common organization in view of the start of the Beach Rugby summer circuit. Many issues have been addressed, all of them the desire to manage the European series in a unique way. << With the new formula adopted to participate in the finals - commented Lionel Laugier, EBRA president - we have refreshed ourselves in many ways. Many tournaments have opened to their own vision and the numbers in general have increased. We have also given ourselves a unique communication segment and now the reference for European Beach Rugby will be our website - www.beach-rugby.eu - and our Facebook page >>. The interest that has developed around the oval manifestations managed by the EBRA, Porto, Marseille, Figueira, Lignano Sabbiadoro, The Hague, has led to numerous other realities worldwide to propose to become part of it; in this context the EBRA representatives have decided to monitor and help some well-defined areas in their development: development projects have thus been started with regard to Oceania and the Pan-American one. << We say that if we have always tried to look at Europe - concludes Lionel Laugier - from this meeting onwards we want to think big and think about creating something at world level. We have the management skills, the contacts also, so there was a willingness on the part of everyone to evolve and give space to the development of beach 5s in other shores, which however had already been interested in EBRA independently. What awaits us looking to the future? So much work, but the hope is to create a global beach 5s circuit >>.
Everything is ready for the EBRA Series 2019: after the extraordinary EBRA assembly, held last weekend in Marseille, here is the official calendar of the European championship for Beach Rugby club. The stages involved will still be Lignano Sabbiadoro, Marseille, The Hague (Holland), Porto, Barcelona, while the final will take place in Figueira da Foz (Portugal). “The meeting in Marseille was very interesting and constructive – commented Lionel Laugier, president of the European Beach Rugby Association – we discussed many points related to our movement and we agreed on many decisions that, little by little, we will reveal . Will there be news in 2019? Certainly. The first is that the final will be held in Figueira, one of the European poles of Beach Rugby. While there is great expectation for other innovations related to the communication of the tournament, but those will be revealed in due time >>. The SERIES organizing machine started up and, after the Marseilles meeting, the climate between the organizers of the various tournaments is certainly very positive and there is the awareness of having to promote the EBRA brand more and more. << The final Portugal should be the pride of our 2019, as well as the promotion of the EBRA Series - continues Giancarlo Stocco, responsible for communication for the series of beach rugby - I would be very happy, then, to see the Italians Crazy Crubs try to run for the European title, After Pessimi and Maccarese would be a great satisfaction to see other Italians on the roof of Europe >>.
EBRA SERIES 2019
In observation BRITISH BEACH RUGBY
15-16 of June NORTH SEA BEACH RUGBY The Hague HolLand
22-23 of June PORTO Portogallo
29-30 of June BARCELONA BEACH RUGBY Spain
06-07 of July SOUTH BEACH RUGBY CUP MARSEILLE France
13-14 of July LIGNANO INTERNATIONAL BEACH RUGBY CUP Italy
20-21 of July MASTER FINAL FIGUEIRA DA FOZ Portugal
1. Rui, the Figueira Beach Rugby was born in 2010. How has been the journey so far?
We started tthis projet back in 2010 already aiming to create something unique. We always had the dream to develop one of the world´s biggest Beach Rugby Tournaments and we fortunately achieved it. From 20 teams in 2010 we grown to more than 50 teams and 10 nationalities represented in 2016. For the first time we had 2 non european nations (USA and Dubai) represented. 2016 was a very special year for us, being highlighted by the Rugby World Magazine, with a 4 pages article, something that meant a lot to us.
2. Your official Hashtag is #BeachRugbyMadness. Why is that?
Since the early days our concept was to create a competitive tournament mixed with a great social side. That mix creates a great atmosphere around the fields, with a lot of crazy, funny things happening while the finest Beach Rugby is played.
3. How do you see the present and future of the EBRA project?
The present is definitely very bright, with three new members joining the EBRA family ( England, Greece and Cayman Isalands). The future is certainly a huge challenge once the possibilities are endless.
Know more about the Figueira Beach Rugby International here : www.portugalbeachrugby.com