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 Raphael! 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 North Sevens are!
Raphael: North 7s is basically a group of friends who decided to stay solidary even tho their club shut down because of financials problems. We started to get into the “rugby 7s mood”, meaning having fun, play rugby with brothers, and we never left it ! Every year we sign up for a new rugby tournaments tour in Europe including Figueira beach rugby, which will be our last destination for the summer season !
FBRI : Having participated in two event editions, what are your expectations for the Figueira Beach Rugby 10th edition?
Raphael : In terms of competition we definitely want to reach the cup final ! We haven’t been that successful so far, so we are hungry… But that’s the tenth edition so I guess the party is going to be crazy ! that is a good challenge !! finally, we’ve always been warm welcomed by the Figueira Beach rugby’s team, so we definitely trust you on what you prepared for us !
FBRI : Which message you would like to sent out to everyone who will be joining you during the Figueira Beach Rugby?
Raphael : That is going to be pure madness ! be ready !
The French team Dragon Flyers was the first team to be Crowned as European Champion in Figueira back in 2014!
Despite loosing the tournament´s women final against Benfica, the French took the first EBRA women title home!
Men : Belenenses (PT) // Women : Agrária (PT)
Men : AAC (PT) // Women : Agrária (PT)
Men : Direito (PT) // Women : Agrária (PT)
Men : Direito (PT) // Women : Benfica (PT)
Men : Ovale Beach Marseille (FR) // Women: Benfica (PT)
Men: Ovale Beach Marseille (FR) // Women: Dolphins a Sete (FR)
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.
1.Guillaume, this is the first time le Hagondange team will participate at the Figueira Beach Rugby International Tournament. What your expectations are?
R: Of course we will try to go the farthest in the competition, but the most important for our teams is to have fun and to give fun in and out the field.
2. Tell us a bit more about the Hagondange team. Are you all still playing or is Beach Rugby just an excuse toi get together and have fun while playing in the sand?
R: Most of the players are playing together in the 15-rugby team of Hagondange. Some others used to play in Hagondange and are now living everywhere in France. But they didn’t forget the good moments they spent with our team… That’s why we try to regroup together each year to play a beach rugby tournament during the summer. We are many and many each year and will be 25 this time.
3. Did the team participate in other Beach Rugby Tournaments in the past?
R: Last year, we went to the Prague beach rugby tournament and losed the final against the locals.We already went two times in the Sitges beach rugby tournament in Spain, we played in the Ostende beach rugby tournament and some others in Belgium.
4. The European Beach Rugby Association is really commited to make the European Circuit bigger and better every year. Are you aware of the EBRA work?
R: We have heard about the association, by searching your tournament on the internet.
5. What can we expect from the Hagondange Boys in the Figueira Tournament?
R: Some good rugby on the field, but mainly a big ambience and some kind of madness out of the field!
1.Last July I witnessed you participation at the Lignano International tournament and I was very surprised with your performance. What kind of memories do you keep from that experience?
R: Our presence as a first Asian team in Italy in July is cause of honor and motivation for us. We have gotten good experience from this event and we hopeour performances in 2015 will show that how much experience we got from the last year .
2.What´s the reality of Rugy in general and Beach 5s in particular in Iran?
R: Officially, we started beach rugby two years ago. The first tournament was held in Kish island in Nov 2012 with eight teams. In 2013 the tournament was held with 12 teams in Bandar Abass. We are planning to host the thir deition will this year in December.
We promise for the next year we will organize an international tournament in Iran.
3.When we think about Iran usually, people do not associate it to the beach and sun…where and how do you practice Beach 5s?
R: In Iran we have seven provinces with coastline. Despite the world´s wrong idea, in Iran the people go to the beach for swimming , sun bathing and… , but our team (Pasargad) train in Tehran and we do not have beach in Tehran but we have two fields like beach sand and when we have match for preparing we will go to the beach islands for our training.
4.After your first appearance in Lignano what kind of expectations and objectives do you have for the further Beach 5 seasons?
R: Next year, our team will be younger, lighter and faster. From our first good experience in 2014, we will participate again in Lignano and one more EBRA tournament.
5.Is the Beach 5s growing in Iran? What can we expect from Iran Beach 5s in the near future?
R: Beach rugby in Iran is growing too fast and this growth it´s the reason why Iran beach rugby will surprise the world in few years. We started a five year plan and we have the intention to introduce our beach rugby as one of the most powerful beach rugby in whole the world in 2020.
Thanks and good Luck!
Sol Henare is the Pacific Islanders Team founder and the guy pushing forward Beach 5s in New Zealand!
1. You have been involved with Beach 5s foa a long time, and you are also the founder of Pacific Islanders Beach 5s team. What memories do you save from those times?
R: My first beach rugby experience in Europe was Lignano in 2005 and we were blown away with the passion, professionalism and polish of the tournament. We went back in 2007 with the PI team and have returned every year since. Lots of fond memories, special memories and something we enjoy a lot is what we call in New Zealand the Manaakitanga: the coming together of people, sharing food, connecting and caring for one another.
2. How is the Beach 5s scene in New Zealand? Fully established or just starting?
R: After discussions with various provincial RFU and the NZRFU, the general feeling I got is that there isn’t much on the ground as far as BEACH 5s is concerned however we are in close contact with the NZRFU and they are watching with interest.
So to answer your question, we are just starting out.
3. You are now organizing a Beach 5s tournament in New Zealand. Tell us a little bit more about the tournament and the venue where it’s held.
R: Our event, the MOUNT BEACH 5s, is the first major beach 5s tournament New Zealand has seen. The venue, know as Mt Maunganui or the Mount for short, is one of NZ’s premier beach spots in the summer and will be teeming come November, which is when we start our summer here in NZ. With teams coming from all over NZ, we are expecting to grow exponentially and tap into NZ’s massive rugby pedigree.
4. How would you convince anyone to go and participate in your tournament?
R: It’s not hard in NZ to round up some friends, head to the beach and play some footy so there’s no need to convence anyone here. Looking forward, the challenge is attracting overseas teams. Working against us is our location and the price to get here however all NZer’s believe we are the rugby mecca and if people want a crack at the best, then they have to come to NZ. We may be just starting our BEACH 5s journey, however, we have huge resources and rugby nous to tap into and it won’t take long before NZ teams are flying out to take on the world!
5. Beach 5s are going viral all over the world. How do you see the future of Beach 5s?
R: Our vision in NZ is very clear: to promote and develop Beach 5s here in NZ.
Globally, I see it as a great avenue for tier 2 and 3 nations to develop their rugby knowledge base and for tier 1 nations to begin to invest more in this exciting brand of rugby. What that investment will look like will vary from country to country, but it will take a forward thinking nation to make a considerable investment and see some real positive returns. If those positive returns enhance the national team in the other forms of rugby (7s, XVs) other RFU’s will be on notice to adapt…or get left behind!
Thanks and good luck for your tournament!
1. You are Argentinian… how an Argentinian ends up organizing a Beach 5s event in a remote island of Brazil?
R: Beach Rugby has been around Morro de São Paulo Island for the last 15 years, brought by Argentinians. For many years we have discussed the idea of organizing a beach rugby tournament here. So my friend Le challenged me in 2013 to organize an International Beach Rugby Tournament, and here we are looking forward for the second edition.
2. The tournament second edition will take place in November 2015. What are the expectations?
R: Our goal is to improve the tournament´s overall quality, guarantee better facilities and bring some more partners on board and increase the number of female teams. The event will be held at the second beach, the most popular beach of Morro de São Paulo and we are looking forward to have 10 male teams and 8 female teams participating. Promotion and PR are two crucial areas where we are investing. We already have confirmed the presence of a Tv Globo sports commentator, which is generating more awareness to the tournament. We want to keep developing the Beach Rugby in the Island at its grass root level, doing some workshops at local schools.
3. There are still many Beach Rugby tournaments played by teams of sevens players. Why did you choose to invest on the 5s version since the beggining?
R: The Beach Rugby Sevens are very popular in South América. However when we were discussing the possibility of organizing the tournament we did some research and found the 5s version more dynamic and appealing. We got in contact with Rui Loureiro from the Figueira Beach Rugby Tournament and EBRA board member who have helped us to start with this set of rules. It´s also important if you are looking to create a flow of teams amongst the tournaments to uniformize the rules.
4. How would you convince a team to participate in Morro The São Paulo Beach 5s?
R: For European teams it might look as a long trip, however it can be really rewarding and life changing. Morro de São Paulo is an unique place with good vibes around. Last year an english player said to me: “ I have played rugby in many places even in the snow, but here it willl be unforgettable. This is Rugby in Heaven”
5. Beach 5s is going viral all over the world, currently played in every single Continent. How do you see the Beach 5s future?
R: Beach 5s future looks very promissing. The fact that you only need 5 guys to play makes it more easier to start, plus the set of rules makes this game a very intense and exciting game!
The Ovale Beach Marseille team have not just won all the tournaments they went to (Marseille, Barcelona, Figueira and Liganno), claiming for the second time the title of Beach 5s European Champions, but also re-defined the style of playing Beach 5s.
What they delivered during the European Beach 5s season, was truly beyond what we had witnessed so far.
They added a magical touch to the ingredients you all knew were needed to succeed amongst the European Beach 5s family.
I would say they are some kind of the Beach 5´s Harlem Globetrotters! Strong teams such as the Italians Padova Beach, the Portuguese Direito, The Belgian Ghent Magnets and Pacific Islanders, tried everything to beat the French Flair but that did just not happened.
There is no doubt the French team took the Beach 5s into an all new level, setting new boundaries for what is coming next.
The future is always unpredictable but we all know that nothing will be like before after the French performance in 2014.
Beach 5s is more than alive and history is being made!