Chicago Lions Rugby

Spearheading the Development of Rugby Union in the Midwest
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Chicago Lions Rugby

The Lions are one of the only rugby clubs in the USA to have a fully-integrated rugby program starting with Rookie Rugby (ages 4-10), and continuing through Middle School, High School and Senior Rugby for both Men (Division 1 and 2) and Women (Division 1). The Lions also field competitive Sevens teams at High School and Senior levels, run after-school rugby programs in area Chicago middle schools, and recently-opened Nollman Field at the Lions for Hope Sports Complex, a rugby-specific community sports facility on Chicago Near West Side.

The Lions have an elite and experienced coaching staff and are fortunate to also have a full-service training staff partnership with AthletiCo for training sessions and matches. The Lions are a true community rugby club, with a large and engaged alumni group, a full social calendar, and deep involvement in our community.

Whatever you are looking for in a rugby club, the Lions are able to provide.

Please check our senior rugby options (men and women, 15s and 7s), youth and community rugby, the Lions for Hope Sports Complex, social and community events, Lions gear, and the history of the club.

We also regularly update through our active social media. Please contact us with questions or comments.

Chicago Lions Rugby

Established in 1964, the Chicago Lions are the premier rugby club in the Midwest and a consistent powerhouse in the USA for over 50 years.

Latest News

Annual Keith Brown Golf Outing 2021 – Jun 25

The Annual Keith Brown Golf Outing 2021, the Chicago Lions’ annual golf tournament will be held on Friday, June 25th.

Lions Men’s and Women’s 7s Fundraiser – Jun 5

On Saturday, June 5th, join us to kick off the 2021 7s season for both Men’s and Women’s programs with an awesome fundraiser at the Complex field.

Here for Good – Fundraiser

As we are all on hold for rugby, we still have a small need to raise funds for items like utilities, maintenance, payroll, and insurance. We have joined Jupmode Supply’s Here for Good campaign to support small businesses and non-profits.

Lions Awards Banquet 2020

In February 2020, over 120 Lions players and supporters gathered to celebrate a historic 2019 at the Annual Lions Awards Banquet.

Midwest Champions 2019

Coached by Dave Clancy and Bruce Snyder, the Chicago Lions Men and Women are Midwest Champions, creating rugby history. Come and play for the Lions!

Sports Complex – J. Tyke Nollman Field

Saturday, September 21st, 2019 was a historical day for the Chicago Lions as we revealed the...

Chicago Lions Merges with Chicago Wapiti

Chicago Lions Rugby merges the Chicago Wapiti Rugby Football Club to expand its youth...