Rugby Lions

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Not to be confused with British and Irish Lions.
Rugby Lions RFC
Full name The Rugby Football Club
Union RFU
Nickname(s) The Lions
Founded 1873; 141 years ago (1873)
Region Midlands
Ground(s) Webb Ellis Road (Capacity: 1,000)
Chairman David Owen
Coach(es) Rob Walton, Rob Dignum, Ian Renard
Captain(s) Ian Renard & Ben Husthwaite
Top scorer Adam Attenborough
League(s) Midlands 4 West (South)
2014-15 9th (yet to begin)
Team kit
Official website
www.therugbyfootballclub.co.uk

Rugby Lions, nicknamed The Lions, are a rugby union club based in Rugby, Warwickshire in England (where the game was founded). The club play their home matches at Webb Ellis Road. Their developmental squad is known as the Crusaders.

They are one of only 3 teams in England permitted to wear an all-white strip, with England and Rugby School being the others. In recent times, the Lions have not exercised this right, with the home kit normally using black shorts. For the final game of the 2011–12 season against Hinckley however, the Lions appeared in white shorts as well.

In the 2011–12 season, the Lions won the National League 3 Midlands title, having achieved victories in all 26 of their games. The team also won the Warwickshire Cup, beating Sutton Coldfield 10–9 in the final. However, the company that owned the majority of the club went into liquidation in July 2012, with huge debts still being owed to players and staff.[1]

On 17 August 2012, the Rugby Advertiser released an announcement,[2] within which was an RFU statement, which confirmed that the Lions had failed to pay off their debts in time, and had been removed from National League 2 South. It did not however say anything concerning whether or not the Lions would still compete in any division in 2012–13.

At a public meeting held on 30 August, attended by over 200 people, club owner David Owen revealed that the Lions would indeed not be competing in any league for the 2012–13 season, but would instead be organising a series of friendlies. The club will be using the help of many supporters to help out, with many of those present at the meeting putting their names down to volunteer.

In May 2013, it was announced that the Lions' bid to be accepted back into the RFU league system had been successful, although they were forced to rejoin at the lowest possible level, Midlands 5 West (South).[3]

On 9 August 2013, it was announced that The Lions would be featured on BT Sport's rugby programming into the new season; with a feature filming a game on September, and the Lion's First XV travelling to the studio to participate in filming on the indoor pitch, scheduled for 13 November.

2011–12 season[edit]

In July 2011, businessman – and ex-player – Michael Aland bought the club, with an ambition to becoming a Premiership side in around 5 years. Soon after, he recruited several highly experienced players and coaches, including Neil Back (Head Coach) and Ben Gollings (Player/Backs Coach).[4][5] Having been relegated to the National League 3 Midlands previous season, most players from the previous season had left the club. Players who remained with the club included Nick Walton, Ben Nuttall, Callum Tucker, Fraser Tait, Matt Mountford, Neil Davies, Paul Davies and Jack Young. This meant that almost all of the entire 2011–12 squad had to be either bought or promoted from the youth team. Some of the players brought in had been at the club before, such as Ade Hales and Beau Carney. The new additions worked, with the Lions winning every game in the first half of the season, a run they carried on into 2012. The league title was secured with two games remaining on 31 March 2012 in the home game against Dudley Kingswinford, with the Lions triumphing 19–14. The Lions also won the Warwickshire Cup, triumphing 10–9 in the final against Sutton Coldfield.

Notable players (past and present)[edit]

Seasons[edit]

Key[edit]

Season results[edit]

Results of league and cup competitions by season
Season Division P W D L F A Pts Pos NL Cup Warks Cup Mid Jnr Vase Jnr Vase Warks Shield Clon Cup Name Tries
League Top try scorer
2009–10 NL2N 30 13 0 17 665 641 72 8th &
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Tom Harris 22
2010–11 NL2N 29 3 0 26 397 1479 20 15th R1 &
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Liam Munro 6
2011-12 NL3M 26 26 0 0 1242 269 127 1st &
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Ade Hales 41
2012–13 &
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2013-14 M5WS 16 16 0 0 941 84 80 1st &
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W RU SF R1 Adam Attenborough
2014-15 M4WS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10th &
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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rugby Lions company liquidated with major debts to suppliers and squad disbands with some players owed thousands in wages". Rugby Advertiser. 19 July 2012. Retrieved 20 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "RUGBY LIONS: It’s all over as Lions fail to meet RFU deadline". Rugby Advertiser. 17 August 2012. Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
  3. ^ Newcombe, Jon (2 June 2013). "Lions are growing new grass roots on way back". The Rugby Paper. p. 22. 
  4. ^ "Neil Back to take over as coach at lowly Rugby Lions". BBC Sport (BBC). 4 July 2011. Retrieved 5 July 2011. 
  5. ^ "Launceston's Gollings joins Rugby revolution". This is Cornwall. 9 July 2011. Retrieved 15 March 2014. 

http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/sport/rugby/rugby-lions-will-back-after-7084963

http://www.rugbyadvertiser.co.uk/sport/rugby/rugby-fantastic-day-for-lions-at-twickenham-1-6039314

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