Category: Women

Renegades to Defend Empire GU Title

Under the leadership of first year rugby coach and Monmouth Hall of Famer Robbie Morello, the Renegades are looking to defend their Division 1 Empire Championship. This fall brought four starters’ season-ending injuries, three opponent forfeits, and plenty of opportunities for new and inexperienced players to step up. Throughout all the chaos and bad luck, the Renegades are still heading into Empire Playoffs as the number 1 seed.
This weekend they will host Danbury at Thompson Park at 1pm for the semi-finals.​ The Renegades are looking forward to advancing to the finals on November 11th, where they would play the winner of Village Lions v Brooklyn.
Following the Empire competition, the women continue their fall season by competing in an invite-only elite national tournament. They are the first Empire team ever invited! This November they will travel to Virginia and the spring will take them to Texas in March and Monmouth will then host 3 teams in April. These games will give the Renegades the opportunity to play elite D1 rugby which will help them on their road to nationals.
Come out and give your support to watch the rise of the Renegades!

Renegades Win Big Over Brooklyn

BROOKLYN, NY – The much anticipated Monmouth Renegades’ season finally kicked off at 4pm on Coney Island against Brooklyn Women’s Rugby.  After a scenic drive through Staten Island and over the Verazano Bridge, the ladies pulled up and were ready to take on the pre-game warm up that new coach and Monmouth Hall of Famer Robbie Morello had prepared.

The Renegades attacked the warm up with ferocity and dedication and were ready to take on the game only to experience a small hiccup when the ref showed up late and in the popular shoe of the 90’s – the Teva.

First time Monmouth Renegade Captain, Leah “F.” Berry, rallied the troops through the down time with a speech motivational enough to make the team want to join China’s army and defeat the Huns.

At 4:17 pm EST, the ball soared through the air as the Renegades kicked off to Brooklyn.  Brooklyn came out of the gates swinging as they marched down the field towards the try zone.  Much to the Renegades dismay, penalty after penalty continued to be committed and Brooklyn marched on.    

Luckily for the Renegades, veteran player and long time lover of dogs, Liz “I just gave birth to a 10 pound bowling ball” Hussey was there to hit 95% of the rucks and created numerous opportunities for the rest of the team to poach the ball.

Stitch “Kelly” Rafferty was there to distribute the ball to new comer fly-half, Amanda “Don’t you dare draw attention to me” Rumsey.  After several phases back and forth across the field, Kat “I don’t always get charlie horses, but when I do, I’m in the air” Hussey was able to break down the Brooklyn defense and score the opening try.

Shortly after, Taryn “How does my rhino horn look today” Sievers scored again on Brooklyn, doing her signature stampeding baby rhino run down the field.

From that moment on, the Renegades gained momentum and tries were scored by Kate “Fastest kid alive” Benedit, Diana “I will crush your young soul and send you flying down the field” Valencia, Becca “I will never be allowed to write another game report again” Moose and again by Kate “She runs so fast no one can keep up and support her” Benedit.

Time finished out and the Renegades prevailed with a 40-5 final score against Brooklyn.  A strong performance by the entire team, but most notably, the Renegades would like to recognize first time Monmouth 15’s players, Jackie “Biggie biggie biggie can’t you see”  Mullens, Osh “I destroyed a girls life on my first hit” Baist, PAM “You will not break my giraffe legs” Olsen, Jess “Can I just shoulder check people” Manigrasso and MaryCatherine McKeever Margaret Elizabeth “I can never find my name on a keychain” Innace, on recording their first Monmouth minutes.  

When asked his thoughts on how the first game of the season went, Rob “I still wish I was part of *NSYNC” Morello said, “I’m very happy with the performance that everyone put on today.  Lots of positives and lots of takeaways of things to work on.  The contact zone was our bugaboo, so that will be worked on in practice this week.  Also, can I frost my tips again?  Is that hip?”

The Monmouth Renegades take on the newly formed D1 NYRC this Saturday, September 23rd, on the home pitch in Thompson Park at 11am.  Hope to see everyone there! 

Tries: Kat, Taryn, BM, Diana, Florida (x2)

Conversions: Stitch (x5)

MRFC Announces New Practice Home at Capelli Sports Complex

Monmouth Rugby is proud to announce our NEW practice home at Capelli Sports in Tinton Falls!  Last night, the Monmouth Men and Women held their first full practice under the lights of the beautiful brand new fields.  As a we settle into our new home, Monmouth Rugby will be hosting a open practice on Thursday, September 28th to introduce the club to the new facility. Players young and old will be in attendance and are encouraged to bring a friend to introduce them to the game we all love.  No prior experience needed, men and women of all experience and fitness levels welcome!

Regular practices are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Capelli facility on Field #6.  The address of the complex is 1659 Wayside Rd, Tinton Falls, NJ 07712.  Capelli Sports aims to be a premier destination for sport on the east coast, the Capelli Sport Complex offers all services ranging from rentals, leagues, and tournament games to birthday parties, corporate events, and training programs for soccer, lacrosse, basketball, baseball, volleyball, and football. For more information on programs, please visit

Monmouth Rugby would like to extend a huge thank you to Neptune Youth Football, which has been our practice home for the past 5+ years.  Please help to continue to support Neptune Youth program, for more information please visit

Finally, this opportunity would not be possible without the continued fundraising efforts of our players, support from our sponsors, including a generous donation from the Hazell-Dell foundation, and the tireless efforts of club leadership to make this possible.  Please continue to support MRFC in the following ways:
– Become a Social Member
– Join the Wilde Rover Mug Club
– Raffle tickets are currently available though players – $10 each
Social Memberships and Mug Club available now through the MRFC store:
Thank you in advance for all your support and see you at a match this fall!

Open Position – Monmouth Women’s Head Coach

Please see attached job description for the open position for Monmouth Women’s Head Coach.  If interested, please send your rugby and coaching background, relevant certifications, and contact information to both our captain Diana Valencia and our Vice President Alex Rumsey  The Renegades are coming off an undefeated regular season and are currently ranked in the Division I Top 25 nationally so this is a great opportunity for any interested candidates!
Job Title: Monmouth Women’s Head Coach
Job Summary: The women’s head coach is responsible for the success of the women’s 15s program. He/she will coordinate with the volunteer assistant coaches and team leadership to ensure a successful season both on and off the field. The coach must be able to pass on their rugby knowledge and exhibit their passion for the game.
The Team: Monmouth Women are a nationally ranked Division I team that went undefeated in the Fall of 2016 season and finished top 11 in the country for the 2016-17 year. We are currently ranked #1 in the Empire GU and hold the top seed in the Northeast. The squad is made up of players with experience ranging from one season to 10+ years. Our goals for the 2017-18 year are to have a winning fall season, elevate our performances to a higher level of play, and advance further into the national championship this season. 

Renegades Vs. Morris Vs. Mother Nature

While most people were huddled in the warmth during last Saturday’s horrible weather, the Renegades took the pitch against the Morris Women’s Rugby team. The Morris women showed up in their pink flamingo socks in strong support of breast cancer awareness month and were ready to give the Monmouth Women a tough fight.  Right from kickoff, the weather had a strong effect on the game. The wind was blowing strong, making kicks to relieve pressure inside the 22 and kicks for touch extremely hard to execut, and knock ons were haunting both sides.  After about 20 minutes of back and forth play the Monmouth women were able to swing it wide to the backs who sent it all the way down the line allowing winger Zimmi to go for a little run.  Stitch was there for support when she came down inside the 5 and scored on the outside for the first try of the game.
The forwards continued to keep up the pressure on rucks and scrums and the Monmouth defense stayed strong throughout the first half. Nicole Carroll managed to sneak in a try between the posts with a few minutes left in the half making the halftime score 12-0 Monmouth. The game went on in a similar seemingly slow manner with many penalties on both sides during the second half. However, Kathryn Hussey did manage to have the most ‘textbook’ tackle of the second half when she laid out a member of the Morris women’s back line; the crowd on the sideline let out a “Ooooooh!!.” The Renegades put two more tries over the line – both scored by Taryn Sievers and called it a day. Everyone who played and spectated Saturday deserved a cold beer for coming out to weather the storm but in reality probably just wanted a steaming cup of hot chocolate.
 The Renegades have the next two weekends off and will then travel out to Danbury, Connecticut on November 12th.
Kate Benedit

Kate Benedit makes the USA Touch World Cup Training Squad

Monmouth Renegade Kate Benedit has made the USA Touch World Cup Training Squad for 2018. Full Details here.

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