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Men's Rugby logoHome of the Red Ruggers - Established 1963

Our men’s rugby club enjoys an outstanding level of competition and national exposure playing in the DIA Liberty Conference. League opponents include Northeastern, UConn, Fordham, Boston College, URI, Tufts, and UMass. 

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. 

Fairfield Men’s Rugby Program Features:

  • Division I program
  • Professional coaching
  • Comprehensive fitness program with professional trainers
  • Historic Lt. Hans Grauert Memorial Field
  • Rugby scholarships
  • Dynamic rugby special events and extensive University support
  • Active alumni network
  • Corporate sponsorship
  • Service opportunities


Coaching Staff

Head Coach Austin Ryan joined the Fairfield Men’s Rugby Club in 2019. His background at Fairfield Preparatory College and Marquette University prepared him for a victorious coaching career with Fairfield. He believes that rugby is the purest team sport in which anyone who wants to work hard enough physically and mentally is rewarded.

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Marc Downes joined the Fairfield University coaching staff in August 2014. Marc has played and coached on both the local and international level of elite rugby play. Marc brings with him a wealth of rugby knowledge and a true love of the game.

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Austin Ryan

Marc Downes

Zach Ahlin ‘21
Wilmington, MA

Charles Bonaparte ‘20
Ridgefield, CT

James Broderick ‘20
Monroe, NY

Sean Callaghan ‘22
Baldwin, NY
Second Row

Jack Cahill ‘23
Milton, MA
Prop/Second Row

Benjamin Dean ‘22
Dedham, MA

Joseph DeCaro ‘20
Winchester, MA

Nick Dodge ‘22
Braintree, MA

Matthew Dziuba ‘21
Bondville, VT

Ben Ehlers ‘23
Fairfield, CT

Salvatore Esposito Jr. ’18
(Graduate student)
New Haven, CT
Inside Center

Colin Garvin ‘22
Sudbury, MA

Robert Gonfiantini ‘20
Katonah, NY

Zachary Gounaris ‘22
Eldersburg, MD
Second Row

Ryan Handelman ‘20
Madison, CT
Second Row

Sam Harris ‘23
Belmont, MA
Fly Half/ Inside Center

Luka Heinrich ‘20
Millburn, NJ

Andrew Jobson ‘20
Wilbraham, MA
Inside Center

Patrick Kerins ‘20
Madison, CT
Second Row

Nick Lapponese ‘23
Pelham, NY
Second Row

Sam Lindemann ‘23
Dedham, MA

Theodore Loquet ‘22
River Edge, NJ
Second Row

Logan Mascia ‘22
Manalapan, NJ

Brendan McCarthy ‘20
Abington, MA

Jack McCarthy ‘21
Media, PA
Outside Center

Michael McNamee ‘22
Lowell, MA

Cole Middleton ‘20
Babylon, NY

John Minogue ‘22
Orchard Park, NY

Joe Minopoli ‘21
Stratford, CT

Patrick Mitchell ‘22
Baldwin, NY

Christopher Oddo ‘21
Massapequa, NY

Andrew Pearl ‘20
Plainville, MA

Leo Ramirez ‘20
New Rochelle, NY

Connor Rinklin ‘23
Andover, MA
Fly Half

Adam Russell ‘22
Media, PA

Douglas Rutnik ‘22
Slingerlands, NY

Stephen Ryan ‘23
Tuckahoe, NY

Nizar Sakly ‘22
Fairfield, CT

Chris Schiavello ‘22
Port Washington, NY
Inside Center

Mike Schiavello ‘21
Sands Point, NY

Maximilian Steffen ‘21
Westfield, NJ
8 Man

Jack Stroud ‘20
Eastchester, NY

Jake Szelest ‘20
Slingerlands, NY

John Thompson ‘23
Arlington, VA
8 Man

Ted Tomosivitch ‘22
Needham, MA
Second Row

Patrick Tunney ‘23
Maspeth, NY
Inside Center

Joe Viale ‘22
Belmont, MA

Alex Walker ‘23
Mount Vernon, NY
Fullback/ Inside Center

Victor Zurowski ‘23
East Aurora, NY
Fullback/ Outside Center


Date Opponent Location
Sep. 7 Yale Home
Sep. 14 Boston College Home
Sep. 28 Northeastern University Away
Oct. 4 Tufts Away
Oct. 12 UConn Away
Oct. 19 Fordham Home
Oct. 26 TBD TBD
Nov. 2 URI Home
Nov. 9 Liberty Conference Bowl Semifinal TBD
Nov. 16 Liberty Conference Bowl Semifinal TBD


The men's rugby club at Fairfield University was founded as a club sport in 1963. The home rugby pitch of the Red Ruggers is the Lt. Hans Grauert Memorial Field. Donated by the Grauert family (Chris Grauert ’68, FURFC President), the field is named for Chris’s brother, Lt. Hans Grauert, a Naval Aviator, whose plane was lost at sea during a combat mission in Vietnam. It is the first pitch built expressly for rugby on an American college campus. With its natural amphitheater and beautiful surroundings, Grauert Field is a jewel treasured by Fairfield ruggers and visitors alike.

Rugby Alumni

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.

Perhaps the greatest testimony of the power of Fairfield Rugby is its alumni network. Over 1,500 Fairfield Rugby alumni and friends passionately support the program. This includes our annual Rugby Fest & Homecoming in October, “Ruck and Roll” tailgates at away games, rugby networking nights, and more. Our alumni network extends into every corner of the business and professional community. Rugby alumni make significant annual financial contributions to the University and the men’s and women’s teams.

Friends of Fairfield Rugby

Through our non-profit, Friends of Fairfield Rugby, hundreds of members support the program and players, even with career advisory and placement. For more information, visit

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