Ugo Monye

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Ugo Monye
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Birth name Ugochukwu Chiedozie Monye
Date of birth (1983-04-13) 13 April 1983 (age 34)
Place of birth Islington, London, England
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 92 kg (14 st 7 lb) [1]
School Lord Wandsworth College
Notable relative(s) Jude Monye
Rugby union career
Position(s) Wing / Centre / Fullback
Current team Harlequins
Youth Career
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2002–2015 Harlequins 237 (435)
Correct as of 7 March 2015
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
British and Irish Lions
Barbarian FC
England Saxons
Correct as of 10 November 2012

Ugochukwu "Ugo" Chiedozie Monye (born 13 April 1983) is an English former international rugby union player who played club rugby for Harlequins in the Aviva Premiership.

As a youth Monye was a star athlete, and competed in the English Schools' Championships finishing 5th in his heat with a time of 11.10 seconds in the 100 metres at the age of 18.[2] He is friends with Olympians Mark Lewis-Francis and Tyrone Edgar who also competed in the English Schools' Championship.

Monye was a student at Lord Wandsworth College, best known for producing Jonny Wilkinson.

Monye played for Hampshire RFC U17s and U20s.

In deciding which sport to pursue, Monye was fortunate that his former sports master Tim Richardson put him in touch with Harlequins' U19 coach Colin Osborne. When the club offered him a professional contract he jumped at the opportunity and within 12 months he was a member of the England RFU Sevens team that won the Hong Kong Sevens. Monye was a key member of the Sevens squad throughout the 2002–03 and 2003–04 IRB World Sevens Series, and was part of the team that competed in the 2005 Rugby World Cup Sevens in Hong Kong. He was also part of the England RFU Saxons sides that won the Churchill Cup in 2005 and 2008. He first played for Harlequins in a friendly against Glasgow Warriors RFC in August 2002, beginning the following season with five tries in two matches, including a hat trick against Rotherham Titans at Millmoor.

He scored five tries against Exeter Chiefs in Harlequins' 70–5 victory at Twickenham Stoop as the side returned to the Guinness Premiership after a season in National One during which Monye scored 16 tries. Before the 2009–10 season, he had run in 47 tries in 105 games for the club.

Monye scored his first try for England against Scotland at Twickenham in the Six Nations on 21 March 2009. Monye made his England debut in England's 39–13 victory over the Pacific Islanders at Twickenham in 2008 and started the rest of the autumn internationals against Australia, South Africa and New Zealand.

Selected for the 2009 Lions' tour of South Africa Monye made the XV for the first Test in Durban. In the first half he was prevented from scoring as he dived over the try line when Jean de Villiers got his hand underneath the ball to prevent a try. In the second half, Monye was through to score but was tackled by Morne Steyn and lost control of the ball.

The Lions lost the Test and Monye lost his place, being replaced by Luke Fitzgerald. The Lions lost the second Test and Monye was recalled, redeeming himself with a 70-metre intercepted try although the Lions lost the series 2–1. He was the highest Lions try scorer of the tour with 5 tries.

In September 2010, Ugo suffered a career-threatening injury and after surgery he was sidelined for 12 weeks. This ruled him out of Martin Johnson's England Squad for the Autumn Test Series and consequently the 2011 Six Nations tournament. He returned to play for Harlequins who he helped to win the Amlin Challenge Cup, before being named in the England training squad for the 2011 Rugby World Cup at the end of the season.

He started for Harlequins in their 2011–12 Premiership final victory over Leicester Tigers.[3]

On 24 March 2015, Monye announced he was retiring at the end of the season.[4]

Brand Ambassador[edit]

Ugo Monye presents the Rugby Union Weekly podcast for the BBC. His partnership with journalist Chris Jones has proved extremely popular with rugby fans all over the world. The pair have worked together since January 2017. In November 2017 it was announced that England scrum half Danny Care would co-host the podcast whenever Jones is unavailable.

In October 2016, Ugo Monye joined the Engage Group as a brand ambassador to the business and a director of the Engage Player Management . He is also currently presenting on BT Sport, and has worked as a brand Ambassador for Maximuscle too.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Harlequins 1st XV". web page. Harlequins. 2011. Retrieved 13 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "Ugo Monye 100m personal best English Schools Championships". web page. ESAA. 2001. Retrieved 6 July 2001. 
  3. ^ "Harlequins 30-23 Leicester". BBC Sport. 26 May 2012. Retrieved 2 March 2016. 
  4. ^ "Ugo Monye: Harlequins winger to retire at end of season". BBC Sport. 24 March 2015.