Friday 20 November 2020

Rugby Europe and Rugby Union of Russia sign agreement for beach and snow rugby

In order to promote and develop the organization of Beach and Snow Rugby competitions/activities, Rugby Europe today has announced the signing of a licensing agreement with the Rugby Union of Russia (R.U.R.) for a three-year period (2021/2023).

In order to promote and develop the organization of Beach and Snow Rugby competitions/activities, Rugby Europe today has announced the signing of a licensing agreement with the Rugby Union of Russia (R.U.R.) for a three-year period (2021/2023).

Following on from the last Men and Women’s Beach and Snow Rugby European Championships, held in Moscow in 2019, these two disciplines represent alternative rugby participation development that R.U.R has been consistently growing.

Under this agreement, Rugby Europe assigns the Russian Federation to:

•    Develop Beach and Snow Rugby competitions across Europe
•    Develop the commercial value of these disciplines 
•    Provide a structured competition framework to all European Rugby Unions with consistent enforcement of the official rules to ensure both player welfare and a harmonized understanding to the two disciplines in Europe, under the unique governance of Rugby Europe
•    To promote rugby as an all seasons and all grounds sport 

The two governing bodies agree to work and advocate jointly for the inclusion of Beach and Snow Rugby in European and Global multisport Games and to encourage World Rugby to integrate both practices as official disciplines.

Rugby Europe will dedicate specific human resource in order to coordinate the implementation of the agreement internally and with all member unions. 

Octavian Morariu, President of Rugby Europe: “Beach and Snow Rugby are variations of the game that enable fans to play all year round and in all weather conditions. They are also a key-driver in the promotion of our sport. We are happy to be able to support their development thanks to this agreement with the RUR, working together to improve the recognition of these disciplines by international bodies. "

Kirill Yashenkov, Vice-president of Rugby Union of Russia: "Our experience in organizing international beach and snow rugby tournaments shows that while very simple in terms of rules and infrastructure requirements, snow and beach rugby can nevertheless bring a lot of fun and passion to participants and spectators, attracting more and more members to our rugby family. The agreement signed between Rugby Europe and Rugby Union of Russia is a big step towards the development of these young disciplines. We are confident that the member unions of Rugby Europe will receive many benefits from this agreement in the future". 

Relive last year's Snow Rugby Championships in Moscow HERE