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Monmouth 7s Recap and Results

Monmouth 7s: Showdown at the Shore VI

Recap and Results

On Saturday, July 7th, 49 playing sides from throughout the northeast competed in the 6th edition of the Showdown at the Shore 7s Tournament, hosted by Monmouth Rugby Club and presented by Richie and Page Distributors.  This year’s event was held at Capelli Sport Complex and features over 500 athletes from High School through Senior level.  On the Men’s side, Old Blue came away with top honors in the 3rd leg of the Northeast Rugby 7s Qualifier Series, defeating a strong NYAC side after both teams finished atop their pools.  Mystic River came away with the Plate, Long Island the Bowl, and White Plains captured the Shield.

For the women, New York Rugby Club dominated the field, outscoring opponents 202-10 while going 4-0 in the round robin format to capture the Cup.  Boston Women had a strong showing as well, finishing 3-1 for a 2nd place finish Plate honors.  They were followed by Beantown, Empire, and Albany to round out the competitive 5 team field.

Over in the Open and Social brackets Monmouth took home the Cup in their home tournament in the Men’s Open with a convincing 24-5 victory over Lansdowne to avenge an earlier stumble against them in pool play.  Fairfield came away with the Plate in the runner-up match over PAC.  Brooklyn Women captured the Cup with a narrow victory over South Jersey in the Women’s Open with NYRC taking the Plate and Monmouth Renegades adding to the haul with the Bowl.  In Men’s Social, Monmouth’s 2nd side fought to the Cup final, but could not match NYAC 2 as they ran away with the Cup.

Finally in High School action, Play Rugby fought their way through a crowded field to take the Cup, with their 2nd side taking the Plate and Fairfield capturing the Bowl.  For the High School Girls, Morris took the Cup and Central Jersey picked up the Plate.

Thank you to all of our competitors, sponsors and supporters and we’ll see you next year!

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Register Now for Monmouth 7s: Showdown at the Shore VI!

Monmouth 7s: Showdown at the Shore VI

Sponsored by: Ritchie and Page Distributing Company

July 7th, 2018  – Registration Open!

In less than 2 MONTHS Monmouth 7s is back for 2018!  Join us on Saturday, July 7th for one of the BIGGEST tournaments in the Northeast with featuring the top talent in the region competing across 6 brackets on 4 fields.

– Top competition from throughout the Northeast…………………………………check!
– Brackets for all levels of competition………………………………………………..check!
– After party at Monmouth Rugby’s Wilde Rover Pub…………………………..check!
– Minutes from the best beaches and nightlife in New Jersey……………….check!

Plan a weekend now and enjoy a great day of rugby and take advantage of the best of the area before the summer crowds hit!


  • Capelli Sport Complex (
  • 1659 Wayside Rd, Tinton Falls, NJ 07712


  • Men’s NRU Qualifier
  • Women’s NRU Qualifier
  • Men’s Open
  • Women’s Open
  • Men’s Social
  • High School Boys Open
  • High School Girls Open


  • Men/Women: $325 until June 23rd, $375 after
  • High School: $225 until June 23rd, $275 after

Tournament Social

  • MRFC’s Wilde Rover – 153 Shrewsbury Ave., Red Bank, NJ


  • Email for hotel and area recommendations

Save the date!  Showcasing the top rugby in the country and located just minutes from some of the best beaches and nightlife in New Jersey this is the tournament you don’t want to miss!

Sponsorship and advertising opportunities available – email for additional information

Match Report: Monmouth Women v Detroit RFC

By: Coach of the Year Tara Murray & Professor of Creative Writing Becca Moose

March 25, 2018

The Renegades hosted Detroit on a chilly, but beautiful, Sunday morning in Somerville at the prestigious Immaculata High School.  Before even mentioning the on the field efforts of the teams, an immediate shout out is necessary for Alex Rumsey, Diana Valencia, Kat Hussey, and Kathleen Kerwin and BIG WEEN for making the weekend possible.  Mother nature’s dumping of snow on Wednesday made it impossible for Monmouth Rugby to host using our typical venue of Thompson Park. This left the club scrambling to find a turf field to accommodate the last minute schedule changes.  Kathleen “Weenie” Kerwin was able to call in a favor to her dad, “Big Ween” to secure the field for the matches at Immaculata High School. Thank you to everyone for handling the changes and still being able to play some top quality rugby!

Coming off of a 17-0 loss to Boston on Saturday, the women knew Detroit would come out swinging. Newly appointed, and possibly short-lived, Head Coach Christian Sloiweroiski, came in hot to the match to help lead the Renegades to their first season victory. He thought he was coming to coach a shuffleboard game at his local senior center, but made the best of the situation once realizing it was rugby. The Renegades kicked off the start the match and started with a strong, crushing pace. This smashing effort was led by Number 8 Liz Russoniello and her solid tackles to set the tone vs Detroit. After the first try by Liz, Detroit made their first crusade down the field to attempt to score on the Renegades. 10-year captain and Renegade leader, Diana Valencia, led the forwards in maintaining their composure and constantly attacking the offensive line. Forward Bitch of the Pitch, Nikki Zuck, welcomed each charging Detroit player with open arms as she took on tackle after tackle. Looking over at the backline, newly dubbed captain Wiener “Weenie” Kerwin, led the first cohesive back line since the Fall of 2017. Leandra “LFB” Berry was back with a vengeance after suffering a broken collar bone, cutting up Detroit’s defense and earned herself the Backs Bitch of the Pitch.  Detroit persisted and was finally able to break through the Renegade defense to score their one and only try.

Late in the first half, Detroit saw they were on the decline, so they tried to attack the Renegades only weak spot – kicking the ball at a young Durin Russinello.  Luckily, Liz used her mother forces screaming “PROTECT MY SON” across the pitch to build a force field around the young whippersnapper. Liz was not happy with the dirty move by Detroit, so she charged them in the 38th minute and scored her second try of the game.

~Half Time~

At the kick off of the second half, Detroit kicked to the Renegades.  The Renegades tried to keep their momentum going from the first half, but unfortunately, they ended up playing defense 95% of the second half.  As a credit to the Renegades, the defense never broke and was able to hold Detroit from scoring another try. New Head Coach, Christian Slkj!dfhadskl;ski, made a pivotal move late in the second half.  He subbed in Jackie “Big E” Mullens. He moved the chains. Without his genius substitution strategy, another Renegade try would not have been scored. Stitch gave Big E the ball on the 10 meter line at the 79th minute and in slow motion plowed through minimum 6 Detroit defensive players and scored her first ever rugby try! Zulu to come. Time expired as Amanda Rumsey sent the ball soaring through the uprights. The Renegades have done it! They have won their first game of the season. It was an excellent, hard fought first match back, but the Renegades were happily able to send Detroit back to 8 mile road with a 19-7 loss.

“The world on their shoulders as they run back to that 8 mile road ~Eminem”

~Becca Moose

Andrew Poulson v Morris

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Monmouth U19 Rugby Back in Action This Spring!

The Monmouth Maulers, Monmouth Rugby’s U19 side, is back in action this spring! Led by Captains Scott Lavelle and TJ Scaggs and Assistant Captains Ben Williams and Vince Faustini the young and fairly inexperienced side will be taking on a tough schedule of friendlies this season. Unfortunately the March 24th match against St. Peter’s Prep was snowed out. The team still has 4 matches on the schedule to look forward to:

April 7th vs Hudson Catholic (Thompson Park)
April 15th @ Union
April 22nd @ Ridge Rugby
May 12th vs CBA (Monmouth Day at Thompson Park)

Our girls side is still struggling to get numbers. We are working to have them team up with Hudson Catholic in Rugby NJ’s girls 10’s tournaments. Details are still being worked out.

The team practices on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s from 5 to 7 at Mater Dei Prep. We meet in the Cherry Tree Farm Road entrance parking lot.  New players always welcome – no experience necessary!!

For more info you can contact Matt Bernstein at

Monmouth Rugby Holiday Party Recap

On December 16th 2017, Monmouth Rugby Football Club held our annual Holiday Extravaganza at the Wilde Rover! The event was a great success and was full of jolly fun for all! This year we partnered with Friends of JJ, a local charity that supports pediatric units of hospitals around the year and specifically during the holidays. Patrons of the party together raised nearly $300 & countless amounts of toys for children and their families who are unable to spend the holidays at home

We’d like to thank Brenna Messana of Friends of JJ for a her dedication to local New Jersey hospitals We’d also like to thank all of the current players/past players along with their friends & families for their generosity and coming out to enjoy the evening!

For more information on Friends of JJ Please Visit: