Paul Sheehy

Paul Sheehy, '85

Began his rugby career in the Spring of 1983 as a sophomore, scoring a try in his first appearance in a C game. Paul quickly rose through the ranks to play a key role on the 1984 and 1985 FURFC teams playing wing and fullback. Those teams were among the finest in the history of FURFC winning a combined total of 23 games in two years. He was the club's leading scorer during his senior year.

Paul's rugby career after Fairfield distinguishes him as one of the greatest ruggers of the first 50 years in Fairfield rugby. He began his club career with Eastern Rugby Union powerhouse, Washington RFC. He became a key player on teams that won numerous tournaments in the Northeast and around the country. Named Most Valuable Back at the National Club Champion finals in 1991, he scored a try in a losing effort to OMBAC in the National Championship game.

Paul went on to play for the Eastern Rugby Union, one of the two dominant regional unions in the country. He represented the ERU in 20 matches and went on to national prominence as a US Eagle. His four caps included appearances in the 1991 World Cup against New Zealand and England. He was also capped five times as a member of the US Eagles Sevens team.

Career highlight include:
  • Led Fairfield University in scoring - 1985
  • Numerous matches representing the Eastern Rugby Union
  • Selected as a United States Eagle seven times
  • Won four caps playing for the United States in international competition, including 1991 World Cup against New Zealand and England
  • Selected as United States Eagle for three separate seven-a-side tournaments, winning five caps in those games
  • Assistant Coach, Gonzaga High School, Washington DC