FBRI : Hello Girls! We are very glad to have you and your team mates participating in Figueira Beach Rugby 10th Edition! Tell us a bit about who the Ghent Ladies are!
GL : The Gent Ladies play 15s in the second division of Belgium. We have a little beach next to our pitch so we love beach rugby. Aside from playing, we are a tight group of friends who always love a good party!FBRI : What are your expectations about the tournament?GL : Last year we won the vodka cup. So that’satt least the goal for this year aswell. Aside from that we just like to have a good time and partyFBRI : Which message you would like to sent out to everyone who will be joining you during the Figueira Beach Rugby?GL : Just enjoy and have fun!
FBRI : Hello Paul! We are very glad to have you and your team mates participating in Figueira Beach Rugby 10th Edition! Tell us a bit about who the French Fray are!PAUL : Well, we are a team from many cities in south of France (Nîmes, Toulouse, Montpellier). The team was create last year with friends from my studies, my childhood and my rugby team. Some players are still using to play rugby currently but the half of the team stopped rugby many years ago and are better at 3rd Half. We enjoy wearing strange stuff when we are playing, it’s our little mark…. you will see it this summer. Actually we did only one seven tournament in Budapest last summer with a third place, as i said better at partying than playing.2. What are your expectations about the tournament?
PAUL : As we are living in different cities in France, The tournament will be the best way to meet up together. To play rugby, to have party, and to share great moments with peoples who like simple things of life. Rugby, beach, beer it’s the best mixture to spend an unforgettable moment
3. Which message you would like to sent out to everyone who will be joining you during the Figueira Beach Rugby?PAUL : Don’t feel afraid about our appearances and our fancy dress, we have great heart, good liver and even if we don’t have the best level of rugby we have the spirit of it.All the french fray team are looking forward to spend a wonderful weekend with all of you….#SPORT2000
FBRI : Hello Nate! We are very glad to have you and your team mates participating in Figueira Beach Rugby 10th Edition! Tell us a bit about who the PI Beach 5s Team are!
The Pacific Islanders Beach 5s team was founded back in 2007. We have always been based out of London and over the years we have had an eclectic playing group with representatives hailing from New Zealand, Samoa, Cook Islands, Tonga, Fiji, Australia, UK, Italy, and France. We represent the pride of the Pacific and hold brotherhood, family, and commitment as our key values.FBRI : Having participated in the 2013 event edition, what are your expectations for the Figueira Beach Rugby 10th edition?
We are expecting a highly competitive tournament consisting of the best teams in Europe. As such we are putting in the work to ensure we can be competitive and measure ourselves against the best. Our last visit in 2013 was incredible, we were blown away by how friendly and welcoming everyone was, and how well the tournament was run.
FBRI : Which message you would like to sent out to everyone who will be joining you during the Figueira Beach Rugby?
We cannot wait to get back and re-connect with all our friend’s in Portugal. We look forward to meeting the best teams in Europe on the battle field of the beach arena, and then sharing good times and a few drinks once it’s all done!
ENG Version – For PT Version scroll down page
1. Filipa, You have been a great friend of Figueira Beach Rugby for many years. Remember the first time you participated in the event?
R: I remember yes, it was soon in the first edition! I confess I was a bit apprehensive about adapting to the beach rugby variant but it was a fantastic experience, I was a fan from the first moment.
2. In your opinion what makes Figueira Beach Rugby such a special event?
R: It’s your set! The organization is excellent and improves every year, the mix of competition and conviviality (the parties are very nice) is positive for the event, the beach and the sun do the rest! Over the years the growing number of foreign teams has increased the competitive level, which in the view of the referee makes the event more and more appealing!
3. What are the main differences / challenges for which an umpire should be prepared when he/she whistles Beach Rugby?
R: Well, it’s completely different! To start the ground…. Forces you to change running lines and placements. If we internalize the rule of 2 seconds (it seems confusing, but in fact promotes the continuity of the game) everything is simple to judge, much simpler than in other variants!
4. Do you feel any change in the attitude of the teams, or in the relationship between referee and athletes in Beach Rugby, regarding Rugby XV or VII?
R: It is generally thought that beach rugby is less competitive than other variants, but whoever treads the fields (regardless of the ground) knows that there is any team just wanting to “play”. The teams always want to win and that requires the referee the same level of commitment to the game. But of course the surrounding makes the whole competition lighter and especially livelier! It has happened to me all on Figueira Beach Rugby sands, and I remember everything with a big smile!
5. In your opinion what role will be reserved for Beach Rugby in the scenario of Global Rugby?
R: Beach Rugby has a very important role in publicizing the sport! It’s a big stage. If we take the example of Figueira Beach Rugby, the number of unknown rugby people who, in passing, stop to watch the game, then come the fun and animation and end up sitting on the bench to enjoy the event as a whole … In countries like Portugal (where Rugby is not yet a mass modality) beach rugby is the biggest showcase we can have, it is in sight of those who simply go to the beach with the family! Through events like the FBR we have already recruited many young players
6. Finally, can we count on your smile at Figueira Beach Rugby in 2017?
R: What a question … Off Course! It is an event that is already part of my calendar.
Good luck for the 2017 edition and thank you very much for the confidence deposited! See you in Figueira!
—— PT Version
1. És desde há muitos anos uma grande amiga do Figueira Beach Rugby. Lembraste da primeira vez que participaste no evento?
R: Lembro sim, foi logo na primeira edição! Confesso que estava um pouco apreensiva pela adaptação à variante “beach rugby” mas foi uma experiência fantástica, fiquei fã desde o primeiro momento.
2. Na tua opinião o que faz do Figueira Beach Rugby um evento tão especial?
R: É o seu conjunto! A organização é excelente e melhora todos os anos, o mix de competição e convívio (as festas são muito giras) apimenta pela positiva o evento, a praia e sol fazem o resto! Ao longo dos anos o crescente número de equipas estrangeiras tem aumentado o nível competitivo, o que na visão de árbitro torna o evento cada vez mais apetecível!
3. Como árbitro quais as principais diferenças / desafios para os quais um árbitro deverá estar preparado, quando apita Beach Rugby?
R: Bem, é completamente diferente! Para começar o piso…. obriga a mudar linhas de corrida e posicionamentos. Se interiorizarmos a regra dos 2 segundos (parece confusa, mas na realidade promove a continuidade do jogo) tudo fica simples de ajuizar, bem mais simples que nas outras variantes!
4. Sentes alguma mudança de atitude das equipas, ou no relacionamento entre árbitro e atletas no Beach Rugby, relativamente ao Rugby de 15 ou 7?
R: Na generalidade pensa-se que o beach rugby é menos competitivo que as outras variantes, mas quem pisa os campos (independentemente do piso) sabe que não há jogos de rugby a “brincar”. As equipas querem sempre ganhar e exigem do árbitro o mesmo nível de comprometimento com o jogo. Mas é claro que a envolvência torna a competição no seu todo mais leve e principalmente mais animada! Já me aconteceu de tudo no areal do FBR e tudo recordo com um grande sorriso!
5. Na tua opinião que papel estará reservado ao Beach Rugby no cenário do Rugby Global?
R: O Beach Rugby tem um papel muito importante na divulgação da modalidade! É um grande palco. Se pegarmos no exemplo do Figueira Beach Rugby, a quantidade de pessoas desconhecedoras de rugby que, de passagem param para ver o jogo, depois vêm o convívio e animação e acabam por se sentar na bancada a aproveitar o evento no seu todo… Em países como Portugal (onde o Rugby ainda não é uma modalidade de massas) o beach rugby é a maior montra que podemos ter, está à vista de quem vai simplesmente à praia com a família! Através de eventos como o FBR já recrutamos muitos jovens jogadores
6. Por último, podemos contar com a teu sorriso no Figueira Beach Rugby em 2017?
R: Que pergunta… CLARO! É um evento que já faz parte do meu calendário.
Boa sorte para a edição de 2017 e muito obrigada pela confiança depositada, vemo-nos no areal
The 2014 FBRI women final was surrounded by a great atmosphere. Benfica (PT) and Dragon Flyers (FR) reached the finals without savoring the taste of defeat. The French knew already that reaching the final they would take the first EBRA women title home. However Benfica girls were more commited than ever to show their potential. After 10 minutes of intense dispute, the Portuguese team surprised the favorites ripping the victory from their hearts.
The Figueira Beach Rugby International 2013 men´s final between Direito (Portugal) and Maccarese (Italy), will be reminded as one of the most exciting finals in Beach Rugby history.
With only 45 seconds to play, Maccarese was winning the game and things were pretty promissing for the Italian team, when all of a sudden Direito scores a try and gets back into the game. Maccarese who had performed an immaculated tournament till the finals, got nervous and allowed Direito tie the match when no one was expecting it, taking the decision to sudden death extra time.
Direito taking advantage of its high morale finishes the game after 1 minute, leaving the Maccarese players on tears.
The idea of organizing the FBRI was born randomly, during an afternoon brainstorm meeting at DoctorSport office.
Beach rugby was really popular and big in Portugal in the late 90s, early 2000s. The Portuguese economy was experiencing an unprecedent boost, so companies easily thrown money into anything that would advertise their image. After that period and with the economy declining the big euros were gone. During the first decade of this century the big beach rugby tournaments disapeared, and the hype around the sport was gone. Aware of this situation Rui Loureiro one of the DoctorSport founders ex-rugby player and coach looked at Beach Rugby as an opportunity and the idea of bringing beach rugby into life seemed a good bet.
We knew that Beach Rugby image was damaged and only something good and big would succeed! Organizing it as an International Beach Rugby Festival where competitive and social rugby could cohabit around music and party, was the idea in our minds since the beginning.
As we were already expecting, skepticism was what we found most in our first approaches. Few people believed that Beach Rugby would have the power to attract and congregate so many teams from all over Europe. This skepticism was soon vanished, due our strong commitment and enthusiasm to make it happen.
The Figueira Beach Rugby International first edition back in 2010 was not the success we were expected, only 24 teams attended the event. We were exhausted and the pockets were empty, however the feedback was huge and we knew we had just launched something special that remains till our days!
ENG1.Maria, Benfica has been a constant presence in Figueira Beach Rugby International. What the tournament means for the team?
Since we started participating, the tournament has been for us a great way to end the season, have fun and play rugby. However in our first appearance with no expectations, we made the finals and from that moment we always look for the best. Every season is one of the first tournaments we decide to go, always to have fun and celebrate the ending of the season, but also always with the goal to beat our opponents and do better each year.
PT 1. Maria o Benfica tem sido uma presença constante no Figueira Beach Rugby International. o que representa o Torneio para a equipa?
Inicialmente, o torneio foi encarado como um finalizar de época em que era para diversão e estar com as amigas mas a fazer o que mais gostamos, a jogar rugby. Mas logo no primeiro torneio, em que não tínhamos muitas expetativas, fomos à final e quisemos mais nos torneios seguintes. Neste momento continua a simbolizar o final de época num torneio que adoramos, que já nos comprometemos a participar desde o início da época e que nos diverte mas sempre com o objetivo de nos superar e superar o adversário.
ENG 2. The last edition women´s final was one of the tournament highlits. What that winning meant for you.
Dragon Flyers were a very good team, and we were not expecting to win. Maybe that was the key for the success because we didnt feel any pressure at all. When the referee blown the whistle at the end, we could not believe that we won. The game was very tight and those are the kind of games that feel better to win.
PT 2. A Final feminina da ultima edição do FBRI foi um dos melhores momentos de sempre do torneio. O que significou para vocês essa vitória?
Na verdade não estávamos à espera de ganhar, pois era uma equipa bem estruturada com grandes jogadoras e talvez isso tenha sido a chave do sucesso pois não tínhamos tanta pressão em nós. Quando o árbitro apitou para o final do jogo nem queríamos acreditar, foi uma final bastante renhida e essas são sempre as que mais dão prazer de jogar e mais marcantes.
ENG 3. We know that you are preparing the participation in other European Tournaments. What expectation do you hold?
We are planning to attend the Benidorm and Marseille Tournaments. Regarding our expectations….we don´t really know what to expect once is our first time doing more than one tournament, and we do not know the other teams. Plus, for the first tournament we willl have several players playing the European Sevens Championship, making the team selection a bit difficult.
PT 3. Sabemos que estão a preparar a participação noutros torneios Europeus. Em que torneios pensam participar e quais são as expectativas em relação a essa participação?
Nós iremos também participar no torneio de Benidorme e Marselha. Quanto às expetativas estamos entusiasmadas mas ao mesmo tempo sem saber como vai ser pois irá ser a primeira vez a participar no circuito Europeu de Beach Rugby e não fazemos ideia como jogam as outras equipas. No primeiro torneio teremos também algumas jogadoras a disputar o campeonato da Europa de Seven´s o que vai limitar um pouco as convocadas.
ENG 4. What´s you opinion about women Beach Rugby?
I love the Beach, so it´s a perfect mix! From the marketing point of view it allows to take rugby to mass public which is great, because there is still a lot of people that doesnt know much about rugby.
PT 4. Qual a tua análise ao Beach Rugby feminino?
Eu como adoro praia e rugby é para mim a junção perfeita. Do ponto de vista de marketing e dar a conhecer a modalidade ao público em geral é ótimo pois ainda há muito gente que desconhece a modalidade e/ou tem uma ideia pouco real de como verdadeiramente é.
ENG 5. Can the Portuguse fans dream with an European Title in Figueira?
I Hope so! It would be awesome, but lets see how we perform in the two first tournaments.
PT 5. O publico Português pode esperar um Benfica Campeão Europeu na Figueira?
Espero que sim, era muito bom mas vamos aguardar para ver como vão correr os dois primeiros torneios.
Luxembourg will be represented by two teams, men and women, from the Walferdange Rugby Club. Beach Rugby 5s is getting more and more Global!