LINCROFT: RUGBY HEAVEN III

MonmouthRugbyBoysRed Bank’s Monmouth Football Rugby Club hosts the third annual Showdown at the Shore extravaganza this Saturday at Thompson Park.

MRFC rugby crestRugby clubs from throughout the northeastern United States and beyond with descend upon Thompson Park in Lincroft Saturday to compete in the Monmouth 7s 2015: Showdown at the Shore III Rugby Tournament.

More than 400 ruggers from 45 sides will compete for championship hardware in seven brackets – including men, women, and high school boys and girls – in the daylong ruggerfest hosted by Red Bank’s own Monmouth Rugby Football Club.

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‘ROLLERCOASTER’ FLIGHT FOR RUGBY TEAM

flightmap_01A scheduled four-hour flight home from Barbados turned into a 12-hour ordeal for members of a Red Bank club and other passengers Sunday. Here’s a portion of the route the plane followed, from Boston to New York, courtesy of FlightAware.com

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

It was supposed to be a fairly quick, stress-free jaunt; a routine flight home for most of the Red Bank-based Monmouth Rugby Football Club following a rare overseas match in Barbados.

Even after American Airlines Flight 1384 to New York made an unexpected reroute to Boston, player John Russoniello and his teammates were feeling jovial, despite the prospect of having to spend the night in Beantown, he said. This was around 8:15p, just about five hours after the plane left the Caribbean.

“We joked that we hoped the Sam Adams brewery was still open and we could get a beer,” said Russoniello, 25.

But things got hellish shortly thereafter.

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RED BANK: RUGBY TOO ROUGH FOR BASIE

scrum2Monmouth Rugby of Red Bank, in blue, and Monmouth Rugby of Wales, in stripes, in a scrum at Thompson Park in Lincroft in May, 2008. (Click to enlarge)

Its home, the Wilde Rover, is in town, on Shrewsbury Avenue, and it contributes nicely to the community, one Red Bank council member says of the Monmouth Football Rugby Club.

But sorry, ruggers, you can’t practice here, the governing body told the club last week. You just play too rough.

It’s not a call that’s sitting well with the 38-year-old club.

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A DAY ON THE PITCH, AND A PARTY TO BOOT

ScrumGettin’ scrummy at Thompson Park. (Click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

It’s time once again for some good old-fashioned mauling, ruckers and scrumming, followed up by merrymaking by a bruised and battered lot of the area’s roughest and toughest rugby players.

The kids and family are welcome, too.

Despite the bone-crushing, lip-bruising nature of the Monmouth Day celebration, where rugby players lay out their bodies on the pitch, Monmouth Rugby Club President Rob Morello says the annual homecoming bash is also a great family activity.

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