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In its more than 55-year history, Fairfield Rugby has built a powerful legacy of excellence on and off the field. Our players, coaches, administrators, and alumni are a formidable team in support of the program – and each other.

Those who wear the Fairfield Rugby colors form a special bond with one another that generally lasts a lifetime. Ruggers push each other to excel in training, persevere in the most intense competitions, celebrate victories, and remain united in adversity – even long after they have graduated.

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

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

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
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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