Men's Rugby Club
Home of the Red Ruggers - Established 1963
Congratulations to Mr William Connolly, '69 who was inducted into the Fairfield University Department of Athletics Hall of Fame this past April. Connolly was a four-year member of our Fairfield University Rugby Football Club and helped mold the program into one of the top clubs in the college ranks. On the field, Connolly helped lead FURFC to one of its best years in school history when the 1968-69 squad went 12-3-1 and was a co-recipient of the Doug Ciacci Memorial Most Valuable Player Award.
As team president during that historic run, he made his mark by organizing the dedication of Lt. Hans Grauert Memorial Field, the first collegiate field in the country that was dedicated to the sport of rugby. After he left Fairfield, Connolly remained active in the sport, founding the Essex Rugby Club in 1970 and serving as team coach. He also remained connected with Fairfield, serving as the chairman of the Fairfield University President's Circle and as a Trustee from 1992-98 and as a founding member and officer of Friends of Fairfield Rugby.
The home Rugby Pitch of the Red Ruggers is the Lt. Hans Grauert Memorial Field. Christopher Grauert '68 and his mother, Leila B. Grauert, donated the rugby pitch to Fairfield in 2003 in honor of his brother Lt. Hans Grauert, who was a naval aviator lost at sea during the Vietnam War.
During the dedication ceremony at the FURFC 40th Anniversary Celebration, Grauert read a letter written by his mother to honor the players and the esteemed tradition of hard efforts on and off the field of the Red Ruggers.
In the letter, Grauert's mother wrote, "Like everyone else in this room, Hans possessed the traits which personify every rugger - athleticism, good sportsmanship, and a zest for life. This rugby pitch resides in the softest part of my heart and will always remain 'God's Little Acre' to me!"
The tradition of Fairfield Rugby continues.
Fall 2013 Season
|Place||Conference Teams||W||L||T||Pts For||Pts Against||Pts Difference||Bonus||Total|
2013- 2014 Officers
2013 - 2014 Roster
|Last Name||First name||Class||City||State|
|O’Neill||Connor||2016||Ho Ho Kus||NJ|
|von Uffel||Joseph||2016||Cold Spring Harbor||NY|