In the fall of 1999, John Sutherland (Big Toe) organized a great tour to Ireland for the World Cup. John, who also helped coach the youth program in the summer, wound up bunking with a relative newcomer to Morris Rugby, Craig Chapman (Chappy). Ten days, four rugby games, and plenty of great Irish stout provided a perfect opportunity for Feury and Sutherland to sell the youth rugby idea to Chappy and by the end of the trip, Craig had pledged to start a second program up in Montville.
Chappy used the same template Feury used to secure fields and players for his new program and managed to attract close to 30 kids for Montville's first season in the summer of 2000. The Denville program expanded to 50 players, which enabled us to add a third division, thus making things more competitive. The season ended in what can be considered the first "Junior Jersey Cup" when Montville hosted Denville to a fun day of rugby and camaraderie.
Since that first summer of 2000, some 300 different kids have played for Montville. Kids from Butler, Boonton, Mountain Lakes, Fairfield, Wayne, Roseland and as far away as Brooklyn NY have also donned the green jersey.
Of all the kids who have played David Gibson is being remembered fondly this summer as his initials will be displayed proudly on all our 2006 practice T-Shirts, David was one of our charter members and he left us way too early this past fall. Since moving on to the high school team David always tried to come back during the summer to help out with the kids when he had the time. Coach Craig is very proud of the fact that David as a 16 year old high school sophomore became the youngest player to score a try for The Morris Men's club as he got into a B side game for Morris in the fall of 2004. Our memorial scholarship fund called "The Gibby" has been set up to give Morris high school rugby players money for college or to further their rugby education. As many of us have told his proud parents and family and in reference to his memory, David, " we've got your back".
MONTVILLE COMMUNITY PARK
The season starts June 12, 2017
First game June 17, 2017
Tournament July 22, 2017
Montville Wanderers Youth 2017 Registration
The USA Eagles are taking a few hours out of the training schedule for the USA vs Ireland Game to meet their fans. Join Rugby NJ for the Meet & Greet on Tuesday June 6, 2017 at 6:30 – 9pm at the Morris Plains VFW at 45 Tabor Rd in Morris Plains. Adult Beverages, Soft…
The summer sevens program is now open. We encourage anyone interested in playing to come out and learn this Olympic game. If anyone has any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me. Practices begins Wednesday 5/31 6:30-8pm and continue each Monday & Wednesday there after. All practices are held at the Denville Rugby field…
The Morris High School Girls Rugby Team finished #5 in the Nation at the recent National Invitational Tournament Club division. Twenty-seven (27) girls traveled to Elkhart, Indiana to compete in Nationals for the fifth year in a row. Morris was the only east coast representative in the Club Division I grouping going 2-1 on the…