Finally, the OBRM will be able to defend its title of European beach rugby champion.
The Marseillais conquered it in 2019. Since then, the pandemic has brought sport to a halt on all continents. Beach rugby is gradually resuming its appointments. As for the European Cup, it is effective again. It is disputed over several stages, with the grand final, which is scheduled in Italy, from July 29 to 31.
Marseille is one of these stages. After those of The Hague, in the Netherlands, which launched the competition from June 17 to 19, the 18 men’s teams and 6 women’s teams took part in Porto (Portugal), Benidorm and Barcelona (Spain).
Balaton then Lignano
The Prado beaches will therefore host the fifth qualifying tournament. After two days of getting started, during which discovery tests of this sport were offered in a spectacular way, the tournament will get to the heart of the matter on Saturday morning.
Over two days, the teams will therefore try to position themselves for the grand final in Lignano, Italy, from July 29 to 31. After the matches played on the sands of the Prado, a final qualifying stage will be scheduled in Hungary, on the shores of Lake Balaton, from July 22 to 24.
After two decades of investment, the Oval Beach Rugby Marseille club has won its bet. Not only did he manage to firmly establish this sporting discipline in Marseille. But it is part of the landscape of national sport. In addition, by winning a European crown in 2019, the club dear to Lionel Laugier brought him into the big leagues of Europe.
The OBRM is to rugby on the sand what RC Toulon is to rugby union, a worthy ambassador of French know-how in terms of the oval ball.
In their stronghold, the Marseille rugby players will therefore be keen to gain confidence and points. In order to defend until the end of their luck. And, why not, succeed themselves on the European charts.
In parallel with this stage of the European Cup, several youth tournaments, as part of the Stanislas-Durand tournament, will punctuate the two days of Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday, it will be the youngest (category M10) who will be the first on stage. The teams entered in the M12, M14 and M16 categories will follow on Sunday. The opportunity to discover the pool that has fed the senior teams of the next editions of the Marseille South Beach Rugby five.
Marseille South Beach Rugby Five, Prado beaches.
– Saturday July 16, start of the tournament at 9 am.
– Sunday July 17, continuation of the tournament from 9 am. Awards Ceremony at 6 p.m.