CHICAGO LIONS RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB (est. 1964)

The Chicago Lions Rugby Football Club is the premier rugby club in the Midwest and has been a consistent powerhouse in the United States rugby scene since the club’s inception in 1964.

The Lions RFC is the only team in the Midwest to field fully competitive sides for Division 1, and Men’s Club 7s and a Women’s 7s competition as well as a Developmental Side. The Lions have had several teams within our organization, including an over-35 Grey Lions squad to keep our extensive network of players old and new active and involved. We have an elite, experienced coaching staff and are fortunate to also have a full-service training staff partnership with AthletiCo at their disposal for training sessions and matches both home and away.

The Chicago Lions RFC call Chicago Hope Academy Field home, located at 732 South Washtenaw in Chicago. This location is a direct result of a long term partnership with Chicago Hope Academy. This partnership with a private, coed college prep school for urban youth creates unique sponsorship opportunities for the club and its supporters. The Lions are also spearheading the development and coaching efforts of the Chicago Hope Academy youth rugby club.

Latest News

Video: Bergman and Larson Discuss the Game of Rugby

In this 13-minute video, Lions Alumni Paul Bergman and Gary Larson explain changes to the game. This is the first of a few videos updates on rugby,...
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New Orleans Trip Report

The Lions took a squad of 26 players to New Orleans for a pre-season tour and friendly against fellow MLR hopefuls, New Orleans RFC. The squad left...
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Event: Annual Keith Brown Golf Outing – Friday, May 12

We want to clarify the date for the golf outing: FRIDAY, MAY 12th. We originally had a save the date of two dates in June.

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Meet the New Coach

Dave Clancy is a professional rugby coach from Ireland. He comes to the Lions after spells with various teams around the world including Munster Rugby, Samoa and most recently the Cayman Islands.

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2017 Spring Schedule

1/14/2017: Training starts @ Quest 3/1/2017 – 3/5/2017: Las Vegas 7s 3/16/2017 - 3/19/2017: Spring Tour – New Orleans 3/25/2017: MW Div.1 @ Columbus...
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Keith Brown: One of a Kind, and One of Our Own

Keith J. Brown passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Ocotber 19, 2011 after a battle with Melanoma Skin Cancer. He was Executive Vice President at...
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Lions Help the Sport From the Ground up

Children and High Schoolers in Illinois are beginning to learn to play the game of rugby from an early age thanks to the efforts of many Chicago...
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