OUR LEAGUE HISTORY
Leicester Lions RFC was formed in the summer of 1999 by the merger of two well established local clubs, Westleigh RFC (1904) and Wigston RFC (1946), both clubs with proud traditions. The aim of the merger was to provide Leicestershire with a second senior club playing the national leagues, in addition to Leicester Tigers.
The new club took Westleigh’s position in Midlands One (renamed National League 3 Midlands) and was soon among the honours, winning the County Cup in 2000, 2001 and 2004. The club also won the Second XV Cup in 2002 and 2003 and the Colts County Cup in 2001 and 2004.The colts also enjoyed a tremendous run in the National Cup competition in 2004 before losing to Leeds Tykes in the semi-final.
The first XV was also performing strongly in the league, finishing fourth in the first season following the merger and runners up the following season. Promotion to National Three North was finally achieved in 2005 when the club became Midland champions.