Chicago Lions Rugby

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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 a premier rugby club in the Midwest and a consistent powerhouse in the USA for over 50 years.

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Latest News

Chicago Lions Men’s XVs Coach

The Chicago Lions are actively seeking a new Men’s XV’s Rugby Head Coach. Please get in touch with resume and credentials.

Philip “Thabu” Eloff Inducted into USA Hall of Fame

Congratulations to Philip “Thabu” Eloff for getting inducted into the USA Rugby Foundation Hall of Fame. Thabu is the fifth Lion in the HOF following Dick Smith, Bill Fraumann, J. Tyke Nollman, and Tristan Lewis.

Annual Keith Brown Golf Outing 2022

The 2022 Keith Brown Golf Outing, the Chicago Lions’ annual golf tournament, was held on Friday, June 24th.

National Sevens Champions 2021

The Chicago Lions Rugby are National Sevens Champions for 2021. Read the Captain’s and Coach’s reports plus watch the final video.

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.

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...
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