European Veteran Rugby Association has been founded on October 26th 2010 as the non – profit sports organisation in Heidelberg (Germany) with the aim to develop European Veteran Rugby in Europe, especially in so called small rugby nations“. 38 veteran clubs/teams and rugby personalities from 14 countries in Europe had established this organisation on amateur principles with the intention to develop European Veteran Rugby organising, together with the club members, yearly Mini Festivals / Tournaments under the name E V R A EUROPEAN VETERAN EUGBY SERIES, as well as the biannually EUROPEAN FESTIVAL with the participation of veteran clubs and teams from the European rugby playing countries. The first European Festival had been hosted in 2011 in Cascais (Portugal), the second one in 2013 in Hungary, Esztergom, the third one in 2015 in Farnham (England) at the start of Rugby World Cup, the 4th EVRA European Festival had been held in Siedlce (Poland) and in 2019 the 5th one took place in Belluno (Italy). All Festivals details at www.evrugbya.org EVRA FESTIVALS and NEWS – Archive. The 6th EVRA European Festival (September 3rd – 7th 2020), will be organised in Leipzig, Germany by Rugby Club Leipzig and Rugby Union Sachsen.
EVRA European Veteran Rugby Series, the „chain“ of veteran tournaments in very different countries, have already started in 2011 . . . teams from Belgium, Croatia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Spain and Ukraine are traditional tournament organisers. In 2020 Regional UFAR (France) Tournaments as well as Argentina Veterans World Rugby Festival will make „EVRA Series“ even more popular in the Veteran Rugby World. Detailed information at www.evrugbya.org /Licor Beirao EU Series With these numerous veteran events EVRA is following the aim of supporting the development of Rugby in Europe.
EVRA – Europe Selected XV team (established in 2011) is taking part at different EU Series events and at the European festivals contributing too to the promotion of veteran sports – Rugby. Europe – EVRA Select XV Team Over 50s had participated, the last time, at Belluno 2019 Festival in Italy. in 2020 EVRA European Selection will be in Leipzig, for the 6th EVRA European Festival. As the „warming up“ will be the participation at the Tournament in occasion of the 40th Anniversary of Messina Old Rugby (Sicilia, Italy), in June 2020 Nowadays EVRA, as the only one legal European Veteran Rugby organisation (registered Nr. VR 3541, Tax Nr. 32489/64794), has members/supporters in 29 countries – the members that joined us recently were Reading RFC 1889 London (England), XV Poquelin Pezenas (France), Attica Springbok, Athens (Greece), Funny Peppers – Red City RC El Mari (Russia), Old Blackbeers Rugby Veteranos Cantabria (Spain), Dracula Rugby Verterans Bucharest (Romania), Old FOSSILI Rugby Club Treviglio (Italy), Old Rugby Umbria, Gubbio (Italy), RC Lokomotiv Vets Sofia (Bulgaria), Die Alten Preußen Berlin (Germany), RGH Rugby Vets Heidelberg (Germany), Bad Panda Old Rugby Monza (Italy), XV Baston Vets Tenerife, Canary Islands (Spain), Amsterdam Academicals (Netherlands), Sicilian Old Rugby Player Catania (Italy), RC Leipzig (Germany), Hakacopters (France) and Brecon Vets (Wales) . . .
As EVRA Partners joined us in 2018/19 Union Francaise Ancient de Rugby – UFAR (Paris), Howard Hinton Association (France), Aegean Thesaurus Travel Apolonia, Sinfos Islands (Greece), L ´Association Mémoire de Rugby Amiens (France) . . . and from South America – Team Sports Argentina, organisers of Veterans World Rugby Festival (Mar del Plata, November 9th – 16th 2020). We expect in the future to attract even more Veteran Associations/Clubs/Teams to join EVRA and its activities . . .
More details you can find at www.evrugbya.org – Members / Supporters / Partners
Be welcome to join E V R A and support our efforts . . . anytime
Marko Protega, EVRA Secretary