With the 2014 Beach Rugby season having just gotten underway in Spain & Belgium, great excitement and tension is beginning to building right across Europe in anticipation for what the coming season will hold.
However, for the first time in 14 years, there will be one familiar team name missing from tournament entry sheets. And it’s not just any squad. We’re talking about the historical, legendary force of Italian Beach 5’s – THE MACCARESE.
They say that time stands still for no man. And so it is that these great gladiators from ROME have decided to finally call it a day. So, as they make their way from the Arena to their waiting sunbeds, we ask Beach 5’s fans all over Europe to be upstanding to salute these brave and courageous men.
For sure Beach 5s Rugby in Italy, and indeed Europe, would not be what it is today were it not for the likes of the MACCARESE. They have set the standard for all others to follow.
Indeed let it be known around the world that the MACCARESE remain the only SUPER BEACH 5’s team to have won the legendary LIGNANO INTERNATIONAL CUP on 3 occasions and they are the only SUPER BEACH 5’s team to have ever successfully defended their LIGNANO INTERNATIONAL Champions title.
Their record at the home of International SUPER BEACH 5’s RUGBY speaks for itself:
LIGNANO INTERNATIONAL CUP Winners – 2004, 2006, 2007
LIGNANO INTERNATIONAL CUP Runners Up – 2005
On their international travels they also were crowned Champions in Belgium, Czech Republic and Switzerland while in 2013 they came incredibly close to titles in Marseille and Figueira coming out runners-up in both tournaments.
MACCARESE, while you may be gone, rest assured you will never be forgotten.
And so it is with great honour that we announce MACCARESE Roma as the first team to be inducted into the SB5 Hall of Fame.
SUPER BEACH 5’S RUGBY. Not for your Average Guys.