About us

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.

About our last 4 seasons

The last 4 seasons have seen the Lions maintain their National League status, comfortably holding their own with an array of famous clubs. They hold the proud record of being the club with the longest continual presence in National 2 North.

The club remains optimistic about the future despite the RFU’s decision to slash funding at levels three and four. We are lucky to have initially had as Director of Rugby, Glyn Evans and latterly Ken Whitehead overseeing playing matters and former Tiger’s player Jason Aldwinckle returned to the club as head coach after spells coaching in Australia and Italy, subsequently assisted by Jon Boden, formerly of Rotherham. Latterly, the role of head coach has been taken on by Ben Buxton who plied his front row trade in the Championship for clubs such as Nottingham. 2015 sees the arrival of Wales and Leicester Tigers fly half Owen Williams as backs coach.

The club runs three senior sides each Saturday plus a flourishing mini/junior section which attracts hundreds of children to the club each Sunday morning.

Has the merger been a success? Undoubtedly so, as well not only achieving its’ main aim of a club playing national league rugby, it has also achieved the secondary aim of stabilising the clubs finances, enabling the building of a new clubhouse with enhanced playing surfaces and floodlit areas. Thereby, providing all club members with the opportunity to play rugby at their own desired level in top quality facilities.

The following season was all about adapting to the demands of level four rugby and, although it was tough going at times, the league status was retained at the end of an arduous season. The lessons learned during that difficult first season at the new level were put to good use and very respectable finishes were enjoyed in the following seasons, including a fourth place finish in 2008. The new National Two North was formed in 2009 and the gradual improvement has been continued in the new league with 2011’s third place being the club’s highest league finish to date.

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