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Chicago Lions

Chicago Lions
Full name Chicago Lions Rugby Football Club
Union USA Rugby
Nickname(s) Lions
Founded 1964
Ground(s) Lions for Hope Clubhouse and Field[1]
President Patrick O'Reilly
Coach(es) Marty Wiggins
League(s) Rugby Super League
Official website

The Chicago Lions Rugby Football Club is a Super League rugby union team based in Chicago, Illinois, United States. The Lions were founded in 1964 and their all black colors follow the color scheme of the New Zealand All Blacks. The Chicago Lions namesake is taken from the two large lion statues that guard the entrance to the Chicago Art Institute.


  • Sponsorship 1
  • Notable players 2
    • Ireland 2.1
    • England 2.2
    • South Africa 2.3
    • USA 2.4
  • References 3
  • External links 4


Notable primary sponsors include Jack Daniel's and Athletico Physical Therapy. The club also has several secondary sponsorships from local and regional businesses including Oakmark International Funds and CPH and Associates.[2]

Notable players

The following is a list of former and current Lions players and coaches that have earned caps for international tests:[3]


  • Paul McNaughton, fifteen international caps


  • Gary Wilson, two international caps

South Africa



  1. ^
  2. ^ Official Lions Sponsors
  3. ^ List of Lions players with international caps
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Player Profiles on

External links

  • Official Site
  • Super League
  • USA Rugby

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