Al Sullivan

Al Sullivan, '65

A key performer on the original 1963 team, Al made his mark at Fairfield as one of two players, along with Doug Ciacci, whose blazing speed caused metropolitan New York's emerging rugby community to take notice. He played wing and center for the Stags from the initial season until his graduation in 1965 and then began a ten-year career playing club and representative side rugby in the New York Met Union and Eastern Rugby Union.

He started his club career with the Met Union's oldest club, the New York Rugby Club and made an immediate impact. Al took his skills to powerhouse Old Blue where he became a star against not only the top clubs in the Eastern Rugby Union, but also against some of the best international competition in the world. He represented the Met Union and the Eastern Rugby Union against national teams from Fiji, Australia and New Zealand. He was Fairfield Rugby's first representative player to face a national team. Had the United States Rugby Football Union formed its national team, the Eagles, during Al's career, he no doubt would have been in line for a place on the team. Al's career places him among the best players in Fairfield Rugby history.

Career highlights include:
  • Member of the original 1963 FURFC side
  • First Fairfield rugby player to be selected to play representative rugby for the Metropolitan New York Rugby Union and the Eastern Rugby Union.
  • Represented the Metropolitan New York Rugby Union and the Eastern Rugby Union against Fiji, Australia and New Zealand in the early 1970s.
  • Regarded as one of the best wings in the United States.