The Eastside Lions Rugby Club - Home of Youth Rugby on the Seattle East Side

For the health and safety of players and their families, Rugby Washington have cancelled the Spring 2020 season. USA Rugby has also cancelled all Spring competitions. The Eastside Lions Youth Rugby coaches and board are working through options however we will post recommendations on how our players can keep active while under lockdown here, on Instagram and Facebook.

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Your Home Team

We have multiple boys and girls teams catering for grades 1-12, and serve more than 160 players from the Greater Eastside area.

The Eastside Lions Youth Rugby covers Clyde Hill, Bellevue, Mercer Island, Redmond, Kirkland, Renton, Sammamish, Bothell and Snohomish

Our sister club, The Mountain Lions, covers Issaquah, Snoqualmie, North Bend, Fall City, , Carnation, Preston, and Duvall areas.

We play 15's format in the Winter and Spring and 7's format in the Summer.

Why Join Eastside Lions?

We have a proud history of mentoring and developing character, sportsmanship and teamwork in young athletes through the wonderful game of rugby.

Our coaches are USA Rugby Certified. Many hail from some of the most respected rugby-playing nations across the world where they played and coached rugby at all levels. We take our mission seriously, and so you'll see our coaches spend many long hours on a dark rainy night passionately imparting their knowledge to unlock the potential in each and every boy or girl.

Girls Rugby

We are committed to building the best high school girls rugby program in the state of Washington. Our High School program has been very successful in developing our girls into great rugby players with great team spirit and an exceptionally strong team bond. Come along to one of our practices to see the great atmosphere, team spirit and fun that our girls team is known for. Learn more from these links:

5 Reasons Why Women Should Play Rugby

7 Reasons Why You Should Play Women's Rugby

Why Women Should Play Rugby

New To Rugby?

Rugby is played throughout the world by men and women, boys and girls. There are over 6.6million players across 120 countries participating in rugby on a regular basis.

Players are attracted to Rugby because of its unique character-building values.

Our sport is built upon the principles of camaraderie, fair play, respect and teamwork. Every player knows these principles are more important than winning or losing.

From the earliest steps in our sport, players are taught the basics of playing fair, enjoying the game and respecting the officials and opponents alike.

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Rugby is the fastest growing team sport in the nation. It is a fantastic sport for children, bringing many physical and social benefits, including increased confidence, self-esteem and self-discipline, as well as enjoyable physical exercise as part of a team

Often described as a combination of football and soccer, it offers countless physical benefits to the players such as improvements in hand-eye coordination, strength, flexibility, endurance and confidence. Come join our training on Tuesday or Thursday evenings to find out for yourself.

Congrats Oliver as another Eastside Lions moves to college rugby

The club is proud of all those players who develop at Eastside Lions however its especially rewarding when they progress to college rugby. Congratulations to Oliver Dyrhsen who has just signed with Central Washington University to play rugby. This is the 17th player in the last three years to play rugby at the next level.…

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3 tips for players to stay active during the corona virus pandemic

Hopefully everyone is hunkered down at home and staying safe. Over this period we are asking our coaches and rugby community to share exercise plans and activities to keep our players motivated. To get started here are three… Tip One: 30 minutes a day – Agree an exercise routine that includes at least 30 minutes…

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Rugby Washington confirmed Spring Season Cancelled

For the health and safety of players and their families, Rugby Washington have cancelled the Spring 2020 season. USA Rugby has also cancelled all Spring competitions. The Eastside Lions Youth Rugby coaches and board are working through options however we will post recommendations on how our players can keep active while under lockdown. Stay safe and…

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Congrats Oliver as another Eastside Lions moves to college rugby

By Dominic Margetson | April 23, 2020

The club is proud of all those players who develop at Eastside Lions however its especially rewarding when they progress to college rugby. Congratulations to Oliver Dyrhsen who has just signed with Central Washington University to play rugby. This is the 17th player in the last three years to play rugby at the next level.…

3 tips for players to stay active during the corona virus pandemic

By Dominic Margetson | March 29, 2020

Hopefully everyone is hunkered down at home and staying safe. Over this period we are asking our coaches and rugby community to share exercise plans and activities to keep our players motivated. To get started here are three… Tip One: 30 minutes a day – Agree an exercise routine that includes at least 30 minutes…

Rugby Washington confirmed Spring Season Cancelled

By Dominic Margetson | March 29, 2020

For the health and safety of players and their families, Rugby Washington have cancelled the Spring 2020 season. USA Rugby has also cancelled all Spring competitions. The Eastside Lions Youth Rugby coaches and board are working through options however we will post recommendations on how our players can keep active while under lockdown. Stay safe and…

Practices and Games Cancelled until March 28th

By Dominic Margetson | March 12, 2020

Hello Lions Community, I wanted to confirm what is happening with Lions Rugby and the Washington State Rugby. We are following the lead of our state and schools are suspending any rugby activities for at least two weeks. RugbyWA is doing the same thing; there will be no matches at least through March 28th. As a…

Parents meeting, the season ahead, and slides

By Dominic Margetson | March 2, 2020

Thank you to all those that attended the parents day. We are thrilled with the conversations and your support . For those that missed it please find the slides here. The auction and celebration is on 14th March. We look forward to seeing you all there.

Younger Lions, are you ready to start your Rugby training?

By Dominic Margetson | February 2, 2020

The Under 12’s start training Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5.30pm to 7.00pm at the Hidden Valley Sports Park Field 1. The Under 10’s and under 8’s start their training on Tues 18th Feb from 5.30pm to 7.00pm at the Hidden Valley Sports Park Field 1 Click here to find out what you should bring.

Lions Roar Auction 2020

By Dominic Margetson | January 13, 2020

Thrilled to announce the Eastide Lions Youth Rugby “LIONS ROAR AUCTION 2020” is taking place on Saturday, 14th March, 2020. This year the auction will take place at Mercer Island Community Center from 6.30pm. The annual auction is the main fundraiser for our club, all proceeds from which go to supporting our youth players. It…

Training start dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays. Meet the teams and try for free

By Dominic Margetson | January 3, 2020

High school and Under 14 boys and Girls teams start at Newport High school on Tuesday 7th January 6-8pm. Under 12 (Co-ed) starts at Hidden Valley Sports Park field 1 on 4th February 5.30-7pm Under 10 and Under 8 (Co-ed) start at Hidden Valley Sports Park field 1 on 18th February from 5.30-7pm.

2020 Registration now open

By Eastside Lions Rugby | October 10, 2019

Thrilled that registration for the 2020 season is now open. We have an exciting season planned and we’re eager to get practices started for all age groups. New for this season are – The addition of a High School and U14 Girls team – Pre-season Sunday Clinics. If you are new and want to try…

Welcome to all girls who want to try Rugby

By Eastside Lions Rugby | September 8, 2019

Rugby is the fastest growing sport in the USA and aims to promote a culture of diversity and respect. The Sunday Clinics are purposely designed as a friendly, fun introduction to Rugby for boys and girls, with no experience needed.  Returning players will have a chance to build on their existing skills. Starting Sunday September…