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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]

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.

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.

Notable Past Players
Will Brock (Australian Sevens)
Gareth Hardy (Ex-Leeds)
Nick Adams (Ex-Montauban and Wasps)
Steve Brain (13 England caps)
Ben Gollings (All-time top Sevens points scorer)
Leigh Hinton (Ex-Leeds)
Launcelot Percival (3 caps for England)
Andy Vilk (England Sevens player)
Peter Wackett (Ex-Leeds)
Joe Bercis (Ireland under-18s)

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