Men's Program

Men's Program

Home 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

Assistant Coach Marc Downes began his rugby career when he was 11 years old in the United Kingdom. Downes has played for a plethora of rugby teams including the CT Grey Old Boys that he still plays on today. Downes is the co-founder and coach of Rookie Rugby and coached the Fairfield Rugby Club for four years before coming to the University in 2014.

Email Coach Downes at mdownes1@fairfield.edu.


ROSTER

Caleb Blagys ‘19
Bridgeport, CT
Flanker

Charles Bonaparte ‘20
Ridgefield, CT
Wing

James Broderick ‘20
Monroe, NY
Flanker

Sean Callaghan ‘22
Baldwin, NY
Second Row

Justin Corbitt ‘19
Chatham, NJ
Wing

Michael Costabile ‘19
Silver Spring, MD
Flyhalf

Benjamin Dean ‘22
Dedham, MA
Wing

Joseph DeCaro ‘20
Winchester, MA
Flanker

Nick Dodge ‘22
Braintree, MA
Prop/Hooker

Matthew Dziuba ‘21
Bondville, VT
Prop

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

Colin Garvin ‘22
Sudbury, MA
Wing

Robert Gonfiantini ‘20
Katonah, NY
Wing

Zachary Gounaris ‘22
Eldersburg, MD
Second Row

Sigmund Gusdorf ‘19
Chesterfield, MO
Hooker

Ryan Handelman ‘20
Madison, CT
Second Row

Luka Heinrich ‘20
Millburn, NJ
Flanker

Andrew Jobson ‘20
Wilbraham, MA
Inside Center

Patrick Kerins ‘20
Madison, CT
Second Row

Theodore Loquet ‘22
River Edge, NJ
Second Row

Logan Mascia ‘22
Manalapan, NJ
Flanker

Brendan McCarthy ‘20
Abington, MA
Prop

Jack McCarthy ‘21
Media, PA
Outside Center

Michael McNamee ‘22
Lowell, MA
Scrumhalf

Luke Melcher ‘19
Basking Ridge, NJ
Prop

Cole Middleton ‘20
Babylon, NY
Wing

John Minogue ‘22
Orchard Park, NY
Flyhalf

Joe Minopoli ‘21
Stratford, CT
Wing

Patrick Mitchell ‘22
Baldwin, NY
Wing

Christopher Oddo ‘21
Massapequa, NY
Flanker

Andrew Pearl ‘20
Plainville, MA
Fullback

Andrew Pfaff ‘19
Westwood, MA
Scrumhalf

Leo Ramirez ‘20
New Rochelle, NY
Wing

Michael Roche ‘19
Randolph, NJ
Second Row

Adam Russell ‘22
Media, PA
Scrumhalf

Douglas Rutnik ‘22
Slingerlands, NY
Scrumhalf

Nizar Sakly ‘22
Fairfield, CT
Prop

Chris Schiavello ‘22
Port Washington, NY
Inside Center

Mike Schiavello ‘21
Sands Point, NY
Flanker

Maximilian Steffen ‘21
Westfield, NJ
8 Man

Jack Stroud ‘20
Eastchester, NY
Wing

Michael Sweetman ‘19
Nutley, NJ
Hooker/Prop

Jake Szelest ‘20
Slingerlands, NY
Wing

Ted Tomosivitch ‘22
Needham, MA
Second Row

Joe Viale ‘22
Belmont, MA
Scrumhalf

 

SCHEDULE

DateOpponentLocation
Sep. 7 Yale Home
Sep. 14 Boston College Home
Sep. 21 UMass Home
Sep. 28 Northeastern Away
Oct. 5 Tufts Away
Oct. 12 UConn Away
Oct. 19 Fordham Home
Oct. 26 Open  
Nov. 2 U of Rhode Island Home
Nov. 9 Liberty Conference Bowl Semifinals  
Nov. 16 Liberty Conference Bowl Finals  



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 HISTORY

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 www.friendsoffairfieldrugby.org

 

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