Nic Clapinson


The Lions welcome Nic Clapinson as the new Men’s Head Coach. Capped by Canada and a former professional player with Leicester Tigers, Nic is an experienced rugby coach who has been involved in clubs in Canada, Belgium, and the USA, most recently in Philadelphia, where he coached Princeton RFC and Philadelphia Whitemarsh RFC. A USA Rugby Level 300-certified coach, he has served as a regional development officer for the North-East for USA Rugby over the last 3 years.

2019 Village Lions Director of Rugby John Greally welcomes Nic to the club: “We had a major search to find an exceptional candidate for the position to build our Men’s 15s program. Nic came universally highly recommended, he is clearly an extremely well qualified and respected coach. I look forward to him joining Koma Gandy Fischbein and Morné Pretorius, our outstanding Sevens coaches, as we develop a strong coaching culture within the club. We welcome Nic to the Village Lions family.”

Nic Clapinson looks forward to the opportunity to work with the Lions “I’m very pleased to be joining the Lions as Head Coach of the men’s XVs program during their 30th anniversary season. I look forward to working with the staff, executive committee and most importantly the players in re-establishing the club in the top of their competition and to working to get to the next level in the coming years.”