SB5 2015 – CHALLENGER #9

Almost everything is place for SB5 2015, when Lignano will once again play host to the final leg of the EBRA Beach 5’s Series. With teams representing nations from all over the European continent and far beyond, for the 2nd year running, we’re proud to announce our next Challenger comes from our own back yard. Representing Lignano’s hometown region of Friuli Venezia Giulia, Challenger #9 is our very own Forum Iulii Beach Invitational.

Forum Iulii 2014[Photo Sabrina Conforti SB5 2014]

As a regional invitational 15-a-side squad, Forum Iulii Rugby Club already had a successful history behind it when just 2 years ago it turned it’s eye to the potential of BEACH 5’s. Infact in SB5 2014, with minimal preparation, they reached the semi-final stages only to be edged out by the greater experience of former SB5 2011 Champions, Padova Beach.

Following such a positive result, and in the hope of reaching Lignano & SB5 2015 in the best possible shape, Forum Iulii have taken the decision to send their ‘invitational squad’ on tour to play in a select number of EBRA 2015 Series tournaments. Not only will it prepare them for Lignano, there’s a great opportunity to boost their standing in the EBRA Series 2015 Classification. “Based on last years results, we’ve decided to invest in the guys,” said Giancarlo Stocco, Manager & Founder of Forum Iulii. “We’ll take part in a number of events on the 2015 EBRA Tour, starting with Barcelona Beach 5s (Spain), followed by The Bibione Open (near Venice, Italy) and Marseille Beach Fives, France. This way we’ll be working to arrive at Lignano in the best possible condition.”

What are the principal objectives ? “We want to grow our club involvement in Beach Rugby, to improve on our 4th place in SB5 2014 and to become a reference point for the best in Italian Beach 5s Rugby.”

So what players will you be considering for your 2015 line-up ? “Last summer the team was comprised of players from 2 local clubs, Rugby Udine 1928 and Leonorso Rugby Udine. This summer we’re aiming to have a truly regional selection to which we’ll seek to add some talent from Italy’s Top 10 ‘Eccellenza’ league.

Forum Iulii…..a force to be reckoned with ?

See for yourself…..

’15th LIGNANO INTERNATIONAL CUP’

18-19 JULY 2015

LIGNANO BEACH ARENA, LIGNANO SABBIADORO,

Friuli Venezia Giulia, ITALY.

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