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 side 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.
(PT) FBR : Os Caparica Sharks foram talvez a primeira equipa nesta década a formar-se exclusivamente para a prática do Beach Rugby, sendo formada por jogadores de várias equipas. Como surgiu esta ideia e quem foram os #sharkfounders?
(ENG) FBR : Caparica Sharks were perhaps the first Portuguese team in this decade to form exclusively for the practice of Beach Rugby, being formed by players from several teams. How did this idea come about and who were #sharkfounders? (PT) CS: Em primeiro lugar, muito obrigado por esta oportunidade, os nossos sharkfans já sentiam a nossa falta e, certamente, estarão muito mais aliviados. Sim, é verdade que fomos os pioneiros, sendo que, nos últimos anos, muitas equipas foram criadas inspirando-se na nossa mística, o que é muito bom visto que acrescentam muita qualidade e competitividade aos torneios.
Os sharkfounders são o Francisco Cary e o Manel Mourão e a equipa surgiu da vontade de um grupo de amigos de diferentes clubes que se juntaram para jogar e, sobretudo, para se divertir.
(ENG) CS : First of all, thank you very much for this opportunity, our sharkfans already missed us and will certainly be much more relieved.Yes, it is true that we were the pioneers, and in recent years, many teams have been created inspired by our mystique, which is very good since they add a lot of quality and competitiveness to tournaments. The sharkfounders are Francisco Cary and Manel Mourão and the team emerged from the desire of a group of friends from different clubs who came together to play and, above all, to have fun.
(PT) FBR : Em que momento se encontram os Caparica Sharks e de que forma vêm o futuro da equipa?
(ENG) FBR : Where are the Caparica Sharks at the moment and how do they see the future of the team?
(PT) CS : O senhor não abre o National Geographic? Não é novidade para ninguém que os tubarões estão a passar por tempos conturbados. Mas sem dúvida que vamos dar a volta por cima, temos uma sharkacademy recheada de talento e que darão muito que falar nos areais. Estejam atentos!
(ENG) CS: Don’t you watch National Geographic?It is not new for anyone that sharks are going through troubled times.But without a doubt that we are going to overcome this situation, we have a sharkacademy full of talent ready to surprise everyone Watch out!
(PT) FBR : Na vossa opinião qual a equipa mais forte que já defrontaram nos areais?
(ENG) FBR: In your opinion, which is the strongest team that you have faced in the sands?
(PT) CS: Difícil dizer. Mas, de referir, que os jogos entre nós no aquecimento também exigem muito, visto que apresentamos sempre equipas muito fortes.
(ENG) CS:Difficult to say.But, it should be noted, that the games between us in the warm-up also demand a lot, since we always have very strong teams.
FBR : Quais os requisitos para se ser selecionado para o cardume sharkiano?
FBR: What are the requirements to be selected for the Shark school?
(PT) CS: Fazer pré-epoca num clube de rugby, marcar ensaio com finsup, ser vegetariano e saber nadar.
(ENG) CS: Do pre-season at a rugby club, celebrate a try with finsup, be vegetarian and know how to swim.
(PT) FBR: A primeira aparição dos Caparica Sharks nas areias da Figueira da Foz data do ano 2012. O que representa para a #sharkfamily o Figueira Beach Rugby?
(ENG) FBR: The first appearance of Caparica Sharks on the sands of Figueira da Foz dates back to 2012. What does Figueira Beach Rugby represent for #sharkfamily?
(PT) CS : Costumam dizer que nunca devemos voltar a um sitio onde já se foi feliz. Discordamos totalmente, o Figueira Beach Rugby guarda um lugar no muito especial no coração de todos os sharks e planeamos voltar por muitos mais anos. (ENG) CS: They usually say that we should never go back to a place where one has already been happy.We totally disagree, Figueira Beach Rugby holds a very special place in the heart of all sharks and we plan to return for many more years.
(PT) FBR : Soubemos que existem planos para em 2020 apresentarem uma equipa sub 18. Confirmam esta informação?
(ENG) FBR: We heard that there are plans in 2020 to present an under 18 team. Can you confirm this information?
(PT) CS : Figueira Leaks? Quem lhe disse isso? Aposto que foram os golfinhos outra vez.. O departamento médico e a direção do clube estão a seguir,de forma anciosa a evolução da pandemia Covid-19 seguindo as recomendaço~es da OMS e da DGS. Podemos garantir que a nossa principal preocupação é a saúde de todos os sharks, iremos continuar em contacto com a organização do torneio para averiguar se estão reunidas as condições necessárias para a participação dos Caparica Sharks nesta edição.
(ENG) CS: Figueira Leaks?Who told you that?I bet it was the dolphins again. The medical department and the management of the club are anxiously following the evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic following the recommendations of the WHO and the DGS.We can guarantee that our main concern is the health of all sharks, we will continue to contact the tournament organization to see if the conditions necessary for the participation of Caparica Sharks in this edition are met.
(PT) FBR : Na vossa opinião que papel pode e deverá ter o Beach Rugbyno cenário do rugby?
(ENG) FBR: In your opinion, which role can and should Beach Rugby play in the rugby global scenario?
(PT) CS: O Beach rugby junta todos os valores da modalidade que amamos. Um grupo de amigos que se junta pelo puro gosto ao rugby mas sempre com a ambição de vencer.
(ENG) CS: Beach rugby brings together all the values of the sport we love.A group of friends who join for the pure taste of rugby but always with the ambition to win.
(PT) FBR : Que mensagem gostariam de enviar a toda a comunidade #BeachRugbyMandess?
(ENG) FBR: What message would you like to send to the entire #BeachRugbyMandess community?
(PT) CS : Estamos loucos para voltar ao nosso terreno de caça preferido e de estar junto com os nossos sharkfans, não se preocupem, lá estaremos!
(ENG) CS: We are dying to go back to our favorite hunting ground and to be together with our sharkfans, don’t worry, we will be there! FINS UP!
The idea of organizing the Figueira Beach Rugby 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!
The Corona Virus Pandemia has hit the sports world with violence, with many if not all the competitions around the world to be suspended, and major events cancelled or postponed. Uncertainty is the main feeling right now. No one knows for how long this situation is to last. Will this situation affect the Beach Rugby Season?!
We decided to get in contact with some of the most experienced European Beach Rugby organizers (Portugal, Italy and Poland) to find out what their opinions are about the possible effects of Corona Virus Pandemia in the present and Future of Beach Rugby.
Despite all the uncertainty about how long we will be in this situation, all the official informations point out for a sports events ban period of 30 to 60 days. Figueira Beach Rugby is still 105 days away. We strongly believe that by the time of our event´s inaugural whistle, Corona Virus won´t be more than a sad memory!
We think the European Beach Rugby season will not be affected by this awful situation, and strongly believe that beach Rugby can play a very important role in the Rugby World pushing the sport forward after a long period of absence.
Our message to all the Beach Ruggers out there is to Keep Strong, Keep United, Keep Fit, and see you all in the Golden Sands of Figueira next July!!!
It is difficult to tell now what we will do. As everyone around the World we hope that it will finish with the minimum number of loses . But we have the several issues to affect: dates, internal official regulation and overall medical and official recommendations, RE statements, travel issues for the participating teams (quarantine in and out of the countries) + visas, finances and etc…
We are able to make it happen, but of course we must think about different scenarios. I think we are not even on the middle of the problems – some more will definitely come. And even corona virus will not kill tournament at all, global economic crisis will definitely come:))… But we are stress protected. And finally snow will come in any cases to replace the sand:))))
FBRI : Hello Maryl! We are very glad to have you and your team mates participating in Figueira Beach Rugby 2020 Edition! Tell us a bit about who the Team 200 are!
Mary 200 : Team 200 started over 7yrs ago and is made up of a mixture of players from clubs across Scotland. We come together once a year to play beach rugby and boast nationalities from all over the world such as Wales, New Zealand, China, Scotland, Zimbabwe and Ireland. The name Team 200 came about because the the average age of each player is around 40 years old and we aim to have 200 years on the pitch at any one time. Count us sometime, we wear our ages on our back.
FBRI : What are your expectations about the tournament?
Mary 200 : Taking part and enjoying the atmosphere with a lot of sun, fun and beach rugby action.
FBRI : Which message you would like to sent out to everyone who will be joining you during the Figueira Beach Rugby?
Mary 200 : We might be old as f*#k but we love a good party.
Sunny and warm weather, an awesome shore-line, a fantastic, inviting beach plus cold and cheap beverages… what more could any sports fan want? Maybe… some Rugby! Beach Rugby is the sum of all those details, mixing into an incredible and powerful ‘cocktail of rugby’ with some partying thrown in to boot, that makes many reasons to look at Figueira Beach Rugby as the best Rugby Tour experience ever!!!
For the 11th year in a row, Figueira Beach in Portugal will showcase the best beach rugby tournament worldwide. Teams from all-around the globe will come to play in the beautiful beaches of Praia da Figueira in the central region of Portugal.
In 2019 42 teams (men and women) represented 10 Nations, Portugal, England, Italy, Curacau Islands, Pacific Islands, South Africa, France, Belgium, Germany and Holland.
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So when is it going to happen? July 4 & 5, occupying the whole weekend with almost three hundred games planned, between 50 teams involved (males and female sides) enjoying the weekend all together in four sun-drenched sand fields.
1 – Environment, What Else?
Beach Rugby is all about Environment, the way people feel the games and the ‘partying’ around the fields. Figueira has the best ambiance in the EBRA series (the official body that rules the Beach Rugby tournaments).
There are spectacular stands, shouting and singing while the games are running. The fact that everything is ‘near’ makes it more intense, passionate and dynamic. Everyone wants to be part of it and even those who don’t like to tackle, want to become the Beach-version of Richie McCaw!
There’s a lounge space, where music is played throughout the two days and where you can grab a drink or two. Not for players though, as the intensity and harshness of the game doesn’t let you party during the day… but when the night comes, Figueira turns from a Rio de Janeiro beach to an Las Vegas all night party.
Now mix it up with rugby players from all-around the world, different ages and genders, that have the sole purpose of playing in the day and partying in the night. Figueira’s Beach Rugby delivers that with such brilliance, that you would love to stay there forever… a new kind of Odyssey!
2 – It’s Still Rugby… but with New Rules
Every good rugby player is always looking for exciting matches, trying to get to the try-line or connect the best tackle possible. In beach rugby you can do that way more than in a XV’s match, but it will take a toll on you. It’s ten minutes of high intensity play, athletes are always looking to run with the ball. Evade the opposition and offload the ball, as if you were a Sonny Bill Williams double.
Portuguese and French teams are quite impressive in this, as their type of game-play allows them to escape the tackle, offload or go for the try-line. The latin flair gives them an advantage, but teams from around the world will compete over the weekend.
You don’t have to the be the very best to play beach rugby, but you do have to really like to play rugby, to get into the game. It’s a good opportunity to hone your skills, to apply new kinds of tackling styles, and especially to get along with your teammates.
3- Bed, Breakfast and….Rugby!
One hour and half from Lisbon, Figueira is a hot tourism spot to go, as the hotels or modern day ‘Air B&Bs’ are well priced. The beach itself is huge with a fantastic shoreline that invites you to take a nice, cool dip. There is a good variety of places to eat, from all-day English breakfast to Tapas and fresh fish at dinner time.
The prices are quite good, not cheap but definitely worth the money. So Figueira Beach Rugby teams can secure great conditions for the those willing to pay for it. Don’t forget that there are countless after-sunset parties, an awesome lounge in the playing area, four fields (three of them with stands for all who wish to watch the games).
As for the organization of the tournament, it’s the best one in Europe. The foreign teams will have transfers from Lisbon airport to Figueira, and be prepared for the conditions: sleep, food, train, play and if you win, a drink or two. Well trained match officials, medics and other members of staff that will help improve your stay.
4- The Treasure Chest: Prize-Money For All
Yes, one of the main goals for any team playing in the tournament is the prize money. There is prizes for the men’s and women’s champions, including the finalists, runners-up and going down as far seventh place, for both divisions respectively.
The prize-money can go up to 1,500€ for the men’s division and slightly less for the women’s [because there are less female teams]. It is still a good sum for two days of rugby playing. Add in the entertainment and partying, and the benefits make for an enjoyable time in the rugby beach environment.
In 2019 there will be at least 50 teams fighting for the chance to win the prize-money; with a special few favoured over the rest. So, ask yourself ‘can your team go for the crown?’ Or at least qualify for the knockout stages. If so, get your team mates together for the 2019 festival.
5- New Horizons, New Flavors and a New Sport!
Meet new people, try a different type of rugby, discover new countries and feel free to entangle yourself in this new world. A different kind of rugby, quicker and more accessible that requires skills and tricks to overcome the close-tackle contest and go for the try. Even props can compete, as the top scorers in the sand rugby arenas – anything is possible!
In Figueira you will meet people from all-around the World, from Belgium to the Cayman Islands. From France, Italy, Curaçau, Netherlands and many other countries. Imagine six or seven hundred players (not counting family, friends or staff) all together in the same city, playing rugby, talking the same ‘rugby language’ and having fun… responsible fun.
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All of this is available on a peaceful but dynamic and fun country like Portugal. With large beaches, nice and open-minded people and a good taste for rugby, the beach rugby festival is a fantastic place to visit and play at.
Figueira Beach Rugby is scheduled for July 4&5, starting early on the morning of the Saturday the 4th. For all who wish to come and be part of something special, you can contact the Figueira’s Beach Rugby team on their website HERE.
FBR : Hello Samantha! 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 Red White and Brews are!
Samantha : We are a team of multiple nationalities! Most of the girls are American (hence the “red, white and brews!”) but we have girls from Scotland, Germany, Colombia and Australia too! We live and train in Germany within an American military community. Our team is one big crazy lovable family; we have a huge mix of personalities, experience level and athletic backgrounds.
FBRI : Being your first time participating in the event, what are your expectations for the Figueira Beach Rugby 10th edition?
Samantha : We are looking forward to a big celebration surrounded by like minded rugby loving folks! Beach…rugby…brews?! We’re there! You definitely won’t miss us!
FBR : Which message you would like to sent out to everyone who will be joining you during the Figueira Beach Rugby?
FBR : Hello Jos! 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 Randuba are!
Jos : RandUba 2 is a beach rugby team from the Netherlands. They are the 2017 and 2018 (and maybe 2019, but when we’re writing this, North Sea Beach has not been played yet) Beach Champions of the Netherlands. How it started? Friends of the nine clubs of the North shared a love for the flair and vibes of beach rugby and started a team. They have been playing ever since. 10 years and counting.
FBR : Having participated in the two event editions, what are your expectations for the Figueira Beach Rugby 10th edition?
Jos : RandUba 2 believes rugby is a game of three halves. We know Figueira has some tough competition on the field as well as of the field. Wether we’re playing or partying: we’re looking for the beach vibes Beach 5s is known for.
FBR : Which message you would like to sent out to everyone who will be joining you during the Figueira Beach Rugby?
Jos :No matter what you do in life, if it’s dancing, drinking or rugby: ‘It’s all about image.’