News & Updates
Denver Barbarians and the 50th Annual Ruggerfest Tournament
The Barbos begin their Aspen Ruggerfest play on Saturday, September 16 at 8:00 a.m. at Wagner Park Rugby Stadium in Aspen, Colorado. Their second game on Saturday is scheduled to start at 11:00 a.m. at Rio Grande Park against Gosling Golds. Rio Grande Park is at the intersection of N. Mill Street and Rio Grande Place, a short walk from Wagner Park.
Ruggerfest begins on Thursday, September 14 with Old Boys matches. Please see the Ruggerfest website for a complete listing of games that take place on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
8:00 a.m. Wagner Park Rugby Stadium - Denver Barbarians vs. Heart of America
11:00 a.m. Rio Grande Park - Denver Barbarians vs. Goslings Gold
Are you driving to the tournament? Please read this travel advisory. For those driving from Denver and the front range, Ruggerfest suggests entering Aspen via Independence Pass.
Denver Barbarians defeat Glendale Merlins 36 -24!
Next Up: The Barbos travel to Aspen for the 50th Annual Aspen Ruggerfest Tournament.
Denver Barbarians begin their Fall 2017 Schedule
Join us at the match as we celebrate this first game of the season and the Barbarians 50th Anniversary!
The Barbos roster for the match has been announced.
1. Marco DeGuire
2. Danny Bell
3. Soane Leger
4. Rugger Piz
5. Brian Evans
6. Evan Geist
7. Bt Shea
8. Jason Christensen
9. Carmine Hernandez
10. Charles Ajarrista
11. Gabe Bram
12. Todd Oswald
13. Michael Al-Jiboori
14. Antwun Baker
15. Ryan Walker
16. Ronald Betham Tufele
17. Landon Peterson
18. Estevan Crispin
19. Jordan Flash Gunderson
20. Lance Eberhard
21. Eric Sykes Jr.
22. Devin Martling
23. Johnny Ecks
Denver Barbarians defeat Glendale Merlins 36 -24! Next Up: The Barbos travel to Aspen for the 50th Annual Aspen Ruggerfest Tournament.
Barbos Win Lincoln 7s: Advance to 7s National Championship
The Denver Barbarians secured their ticket to the 2017 USA Rugby Emirates Airline Club 7s National Championship this past weekend via a tournament win at the Lincoln 7s, the third and final Frontier Region Qualifier of the summer. The Barbarians put together their most comprehensive performance to date, dispatching the 2016 Sevens National Champion, Rugby Utah Selects National Development Academy (NDA), in pool play 24-7 and 31-19 in the final. There were several standout performances and Michael Al-Jiboori was named MVP on the day for his exceptional play, highlighted by his suffocating defensive effort.
The Barbarians Premier side completed the 2017 summer regular season with 16 wins and 2 losses, by a combined 4 points, through four tournaments leading to two tournament championships. As a benefit of competing in one of the toughest regions in the country, the Barbarians will enter the 2017 USA Rugby Emirates Airline Club 7s National Championship as the second seed.
The Barbos A-side also competed in the qualifier bracket in the three Frontier Region tournaments garnering third, fourth and fifth place finishes. The summer sevens season provided opportunities for player development and competition as two Barbo teams participated in each of the Frontier 7s Qualifiers.
The player development through the summer was evidenced by the fact that two players started for the second side in the first tournament of the season and progressed through the summer to make the Premier side, where they played significant roles in the recent tournament championship in Lincoln, NE.
The hard work of the players and coaches has not only led to a trip to Nationals, but has garnered individual recognition for four players. Michael Al-Jiboori, Cody Melphy, Devrin Young and Dominic Rufran were invited to the High Performance 7s Incubator Camp at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA.
Additionally, it has recently been announced by USA Rugby that the Denver 7s program, which the Denver Barbarians are heavily involved with, has been recognized as a National Development Academy (NDA).
The Barbarians would like to thank our premier sponsor Spyder for their continued support.
Lincoln Sevens: Frontier Division National championship qualifier
The Barbos travel to Fleming Fields, Lincoln, NE for their final opportunity on Saturday, July 22, to qualify for the 2017 USA Rugby Emirates Airline Club National Championships. Barbos must finish the tournament ahead of the Kansas City Blues to take the Frontier Division #2 seed to the nationals. Two sides are making the journey to Lincoln, NE. Rugby Utah Selects have already qualified in the Men's Division by virtue of their wins at the Denver 7s and Heartlands 7s tournaments.
The Aug. 12-13, 2017 USA Rugby Emirates Airline Club 7s National Championship will take place at the National Sports Center just outside of Minneapolis and every match at the 2017 Club 7s National Championship will air live on The Rugby Channel.
The Barbos are coached by Steve Laporta, Jason Kelly and Tyson Meek.
Barbos Physiotherapist: Purvi Desai
Barbos Premier Side:
1. Michael Al-Jiboori
2. Celester Asuega
3. Nick Boyer
4. Maximo de Achaval
5. Paul Eteaki
6. Siale Maka
7. Cody Melphy
8. Jeremy Misailegalu
9. Landon Peterson
10. Eric Sykes, Jr.
11. Ke'von Williams
12. Devrin Young
Barbos A Side:
1. Malon Al-Jiboori
2. Tom Chee
3. Tanner Graham
4. Ray Henley
5. Jackson Ingram
6. Spence Purnell
7. Dominic Rufran
8. Brendan Shea
9. Alex Wormer
10. Liam Wynne
50th annual denver sevens rugby tournament
The event will be live streamed via florugby beginning at 8:00 a.m. (MDT)
The Barbos are entering three competitive sides in the tournament and one social side. The first side will feature two current Eagles, Ke'Von Williams and our resident Olympian, Ben Pinkelman, along with the squad's exciting new talent.
The Barbarians' first pool game begins at 9:40 a.m. and the final for the qualifier bracket begins at 5:40 p.m.
Come out and support your team, the Barbos, for a full day of Sevens Rugby!
The Denver Barbarians Sevens Rugby squads are coached by:
Tyson Meek: Former USA Eagle, Sevens and XVs
Steve Laporta: Former USA Eagle, Sevens and XVs
Jason Kelly: Former USA Eagle, Sevens and XVs
Logan Collins: Professional Rugby Player
Physiotherapist: Purvi Desai
The Barbos are grateful for the professionalism and attentiveness that Purvi provides, year after year.
Following are the rosters for the tournament.
Denver Barbarians Premier Side
de Achaval, Maximo
Denver Barbarians A Side
Denver Barbarians Sevens Development Side
Denver Barbarians Social Side - Well Hungarians
Barbos Win Southern California/Ombac 7s tournament
Denver Barbarians unveiled our new sponsor SPYDER in San Diego this past weekend. The Barbos opened the tournament with a 27-0 win over Santa Monica. Ke'Von Williams scored a hat trick in the first half and his Vato Alumni teammates Jeremy Misailegalu and Eric Sykes each dotted down in the second half to make it an all-Vato scoring affair.
Barbos beat OMBAC 19-0 in game #2 on the back of two trys by Michael Al-Jiboori, one from captain Ke'Von Williams and two conversions from Nick Boyer.
The Barbos beat LA Rugby Club 47-0, to win the pool with a point differential of 93-0. Devrin Young had a break out game with a hat trick, while Nick Boyer continued as Mister Consistent.
Barbos beat OC Ravens 24-17 to advance to the final against Belmont Shore. Celester Asuega had a special performance that started with a great effort to chase back 40 meters to retrieve a kick followed by a length of the pitch jinking run to score under the posts. Tim Hanify made a big effort support run to ensure Celester made it to the line.
Barbos beat Belmont Shore 19-5 to win the first tournament of the year. Celester started off the scoring with a nice try, and the Barbos went into the half with a 7-5 lead. Trys by Michael Al-Jiboori and Jeremy ‘Missile’ Misailegalu and solid defense sealed the victory.
The scoring effort on the day was pretty balanced with Ke’Von and Missile each crossing the white wash 4 times, while Michael, Sykes, Devrin and Celester each dotted down 3 times with Nick Boyer adding two trys to his iron man performance.
There were great defensive efforts from the guys throughout the day and some exciting performances all around.
Thanks as always to CrossFit Broadway for the continued support and to Steve Laporta of HomeSmart Cherry Creek for his sponsorship this season. It’s great to have coaches who not only volunteer their time, but also sponsor the team.
OMBAC 7s Finish
1. Denver Barbarians
2. Belmont Shore
4. Orange County
5. OMBAC 2nd's
6. Santa Monica
8. LA Rugby