About Paul Mullen

Inis Mor, the largest of the Aran Islands, an island approximately 9 miles long and 3 miles wide with roughly 800 inhabitants is where Paul Mullen calls home. Gaelic football was, and still remains, the only team sport on the island. It wasn’t until the age of 12 when he was sent to Glenstal Abbey boarding school in County Limerick that Mullen was first introduced to rugby. Mullen describes his introduction to rugby as being thrown in at the deep end and having to “sink or swim”. Fortunately, for Mullen he took to rugby like a duck to water and hasn’t looked back since.

Going to school in Limerick, Mullen was very lucky enough to find his way to a few Munster rugby games in Thomand Park. It wasn’t long after a few Munster games when, like every other kid in Limerick, Mullen began to dream of the chance to represent Munster one day. The dream started to become a reality when the opportunity came to represent Munster U-18A schools in Autumn 2008. Mullen went on to represent Munster U-19, Munster U-20, Munster/Connacht at the opening game in Aviva stadium and Ireland U-19. Mullen earned two caps for Ireland U-19 against Australia and France.
While at Glenstal Abbey School, Mullen was very involved in athletics as he represented his school in North Munster clubs, Munster clubs and at the All Irelands in Shot-Put, Discus and 4 x 100m relay.

On November 10th,2010 Mullen left Inis Mor for life in the USA. In January 2011 Mullen started college in Texas A&M University at Galveston studying Marine Engineering Technology. During the Summer of 2011, Mullen represented the USA U-20 at the Junior World Rugby Trophy in Tblisi, Georgia. After graduating college in 2015, Mullen decided that he wanted to further his education and got a Master’s degree in Marine Resources Management. He eventually graduated in May 2018.

Throughout his time in Texas A&M University at Galveston Mullen played his rugby with the local men’s club, Galveston RFC. During his last semester in college, Mullen was approached by the Houston Sabercats, a newly formed professional rugby team in Houston which was part of the newly formed professional rugby league in North America, Major League Rugby (MLR).

While representing the Houston Sabercats in the MLR, Mullen got invited to the USA Eagles training camp in Colorado in preparation for the upcoming June international test matches. On June 9th, 2018, Mullen earned his first international cap for the USA Eagles against Russia in Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Colorado. Mullen earned two more caps for the USA Eagles against Scotland and Canada that June. The USA Eagles won all three test matches that Summer.

Following the 2018 June Internationals with the USA Eagles, Mullen earned himself a short contract in the UK with Newcastle Falcons where he earned one cap in the Gallagher Premiership. After a short stint in the UK Mullen, came back to the USA to represent the Houston Sabercats in the 2019 MLR season.

In June 2019 Mullen was invited to the USA Eagles Rugby World Cup training camp. In September 2019, Mullen was named in the USA Eagles 2019 Rugby World Cup squad. Mullen played in all four pool games of the RWC against England, France, Argentina and Tonga.

Following the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan Mullen went on to represent San Diego Legion in 2020 MLR Season. The season got off to a great start with SD Legion winning all five games however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic the remainder of the 2020 season was cancelled.


PAUL MULLEN TIMELINE


key fixtures

DateOpponentVenueCompetitionResultWon/LossCap #
June 9, 2018RussiaDick’s Sporting Goods ParkEmirates Airline Summer Series62 – 13Win1
June 16, 2018ScotlandBBVA Compass StadiumEmirates Airline Summer Series30 – 29Win2
June 23, 2018CanadaWanderers GroundsJune Internationals42 – 17Win3
November 3, 2018Maoir All BlacksSoldier FieldRugby Weekend22 – 59Loss 
November 10, 2018SamoaEstadio AnoetaAutumn Internationals30 – 29Win4
November 17, 2018RomaniaGhencea StadiumAutumn Internationals31 – 5Win5
November 24, 2018IrelandAviva StadiumAutumn Internationals14 – 55Loss6
February 2, 2019ChileEstadio San Carlos de ApoquindoAmericas Rugby Championship71 – 8Win7
February 9, 2019Argentina XVMarabunta Rugby ClubAmericas Rugby Championship14 – 45Loss 
February 23, 2019BrazilDell DiamondAmericas Rugby Championship33 – 28Win8
March 2, 2019UruguayStarfire SportsAmericas Rugby Championship25 – 32Loss9
March 8, 2019CanadaStarfire SportsAmericas Rugby Championship30 – 25Win10
July 27, 2019CanadaInfinity ParkPacific Nations Cup47 – 19Win11
August 2, 2019SamoaANZ StadiumPacific Nations Cup13 – 10Win12
August 9, 2019JapanANZ StadiumPacific Nations Cup20 – 34Loss13
September 7, 2019CanadaB.C. PlaceInternational Test Match20 – 15Win14
September 28, 2019EnglandKobe Misaki StadiumRugby World Cup 20197 – 45Loss15
October 29, 2019FranceFukuoka Hakatanomori StadiumRugby World Cup 20209 – 33Loss16
October 30, 2019ArgentinaKumagaya Rugby StadiumRugby World Cup 202117 – 45Loss17
October 31, 2019TongaHanazono Rugby StadiumRugby World Cup 202219 – 31Loss18