About Us

The Monmouth Rugby Club was started as the Brookdale Rugby Club in 1973, adopting the color scheme of the Royal Air Force, as suggested by club founder Brian Harris. It was in 1976 that the club changed to the Monmouth Rugby Football Club after many of the contacts with the college had left. The Monmouth Rugby Club was promoted to Division 1 Rugby in 1977 and compteted there for most years into the earliy 90′s. Even with players leaving for other clubs, as the sport of rugby grew in the area during the 80′s, President Tom Tani worked dilligently to ensure that the Monmouth rugby Club held together in both on & off the field. It was also around 1982, that the Renegades were formed from an association with the Rutgers Women program. Paul Barford was the first coach of the Renegades, and his wife Ann was their first participating Eagle. It was in the early 90′s where the club relegated back to D2 and through the work of many of the Monmouth rugby Club’s members, the clubhouse was purchased on Shrewsbury Avenue in downtown Red Bank, NJ. The clubhouse is still operating, serving the majority of the clubs social needs, as well as available to rent. The mid-to-late 90′s saw a resurgence of the Monmouth Rugby Club’s playing side, with eitht straight trips to the Met Union D2 playoffs, seven straight Jersey Cup titles, and Sweet 16 appearances in ’95, ’96 & ’00. There were also two undefeated league seasons in ’99 and ’03. Currently, the Renegades compete in Division 2 of the Metropolitan New York Rugby Union, and the Senior Men compete in the first division. The clubhouse is still open and available to rent.