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Men's Program

The Fairfield University Men's Rugby Club was founded as a club sport in 1963. The club is a member of the D1A Liberty Conference and competes against the University of Connecticut, Northeastern, the University of Massachusetts, Tufts, Fordham, the University of Rhode Island, and Boston College. Learn more about the Liberty Rugby Conference League

Director of Rugby

Tom "Oakie" O'Connor ’75, one of the most respected and beloved ruggers in FURFC history, began his rugby career as a freshman in 1971 and played on some of the best teams in FURFC history. He played flanker for the Essex RFC and later coached the Connecticut Yankees from 1979-1982. He was the FURFC head coach from 2004-2007, during which time his teams won 30 games.

The Director of Rugby is responsible for the growth, development, and well-being of the Fairfield University Rugby Club Program. He works collaboratively with Fairfield's rugby coaches, student team leaders and the wider rugby community to ensure that the University earns a reputation as a preeminent rugby school where the sport plays a key part in nurturing the Jesuit principles of mind, body, and spirit. "Oakie" can be reached at toconnor1@fairfield.edu.

 

2018-2019 Club Officers:

Title

Name

Year

President

 Ryan Handelman 

 2020

Vice President

 John Minogue 

 2022

Treasurer

 James Broderick

 2020

Match Secretary

 Joseph Decaro

 2020

Forward's Captain 

 Luka Heinrich 

 2020

Back's Captain 

 Jack McCarthy  

 2021

Women's Program

The Women's Rugby Club at Fairfield University was founded as a sport club in 1994. The current nationally ranked DII Tri-State Rugby Conference women compete against teams including Hofstra, Vassar, Marist, Rutgers, Stony Brook and Sacred Heart. Learn more about the Tri-State Rugby Conference.

2018-2019 Club Officers: TBD

Title

Name

Year

President

 Kate Welzel 

 2020

Vice President

 Kate Foley 

 2020

Forward Captain

 Abby Dovan  

 2020

Backs Captain 

 Julia Dino 

 2020

Match Secretary

 Alex Maltbie  

 2021

New Player Chair

 Liv Calnan 

 2021

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