Three UCLA rugby players were arrested early Thursday morning in Santa Monica after police say they went on a drunken, destruction rampage … knocking down trees in a popular tourist area.

Santa Monica police were dispatched to the famed 3rd Street Promenade just after midnight … to confront a group of males who were allegedly causing havoc, doing some unauthorized gardening, breaking holiday decorations, and screwing with a fence owned by a local business.

When cops arrived, they detained 5 men while they located surveillance video.

After watching the tape, which cops tell us captured the vandalism, all five males were arrested.

Three of those men — listed below — are currently seniors on the UCLA rugby squad.

 Mark Sapper, 21-year-old, 5’10”, 200 lbs.
 Shane Barry, 21-year-old, 5’11”, 180 lbs.
 Aiden Metzner, 22-year-old, 6’7″, 230 lbs.

All 5 men, including the 3 current athletes, were hit with the same charge … felony vandalism. Police note the men were cooperative.

If ultimately convicted, the guys face up to 1 year in county jail and/or a $10,000 fine.

The rugby season is currently in full swing … and the team is a perfect 3-0.

We’ve reached out to the university. So far, no word back. Is the most visited news, Trending Topics and current affairs website. All rights reserved to Maria Memon Media Group for all content published on this website.