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2018 USA Rugby MEN’S NATIONAL CHAMPIONS 

 

News & Updates


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After the loss to Park City, the Denver Barbarians face a MUST WIN GAME against the Denver Highlanders. Dubbed the “Xmas Bowl” (think team colors), this match up will pit some of Denver’s best club rugby players against each other for a do or die match up. Each team has playoff hopes, but only one team can walk away happy next Saturday. Contrary to any earlier game times and locations, the new game information is below:

Denver Barbarians vs. Denver Highlanders (First XV) 2:00pm - Infinity Park Turf

Denver Barbarians vs. Denver Highlanders (Second XV) 4:00pm - Infinity Park Turf

This will be another great day of club culture as we plan to grill up in the BBQ and have coolers of beer and other beverages for family, friends, pets and old boys to consume. Please invite anyone who you think would enjoy the game of rugby! We want more fans wearing GREEN than RED!

See you all Saturday, and as always,

Bleed Green!

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On Friday afternoon, 23 Denver Barbarians and coach Brian Erichsen put the finishing touches on their personal and work responsibilities as the team prepared for its first away game of the fall league season. The lads packed into the white runner vans like sardines and drove west for a showdown with Park City Haggis last Saturday. Friday night was peaceful and quiet as the vans motored nearly 480 miles to Provo Utah, where the team spent the night. The next morning, the team got together for a static run through in the parking lot before the vans were loaded back up for the remaining 45 mile drive to Park City, Utah.

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The weather and the pitch were picture perfect (see above), and the teams made their final preparations before the opening whistle. With injuries and other obligations, the Barbos were eager to test out new players in this key match up.

The scoring started early, and it would be a theme of the game to come. Jason “Tubbs” Christensen opened up the scoring with some nice open field running that got him over the line. The Barbos would convert through Charles Ajarrista and held a brief 7-0. Park City responded immediately, getting their winger free against a mismatched forward and the score would be tied 7-7. Park City’s large pack scored again, this time right through the heart of the Barbos. Jordan “Flash” Gunderson would be the next to dot down for the Denver Barbarians, followed by Charles Ajarrista, who received a nice offload from the deck after a break was made by Brendan Shea. Ajarrista would convert one of the two kicks, and the Barbos held the lead 19-12 with just minutes left before the half. However, the Barbos let their guard down right before half as the Park City pack pushed a pick n go try over the line at the 40 minute whistle. The score was tied at 19-19 at halftime. Park City would go downhill in the second half, and unleashed a furious, deep and talented bench over the final 40. Eric Sykes Jr. had the lone try in the second half for the Barbos (an intercept try!), but it was not enough to stop Park City’s massive momentum (literally … they had some serious size and speed!). The final score ended 67-24 in favor of Park City.

The Barbos matched the physicality of a team that had some professional players from the Utah Warriors in the first half, but couldn’t seem to put together the 80 minute performance that they needed. Similar to the battle at Ruggerfest with the Misfits, the Denver Barbarians have shown that when the team is playing as a cohesive unit, they can match sides with many professional players.


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Barbos Split Matches with CO Springs Grizzlies

The sun began to melt away the morning dew before the Denver Barbarians and family descended upon Cook Park to face off against their old foes from the south, the Colorado Springs Grizzlies. As the sun reached its peak around noon, the fans began to trickle in and enjoy the wonderful atmosphere. There were families supporting players, old boys supporting the club, and even a younger generation of future Denver Barbarians stopped by the pitch to watch the day's clash.
 


As the burgers were flipped and served, the teams warmed up and prepared for an inter-division game that would play a factor in the final game of 2019, the “Eastern Rockies Cup”. The Grizzlies have moved in and out of divisions over the past decade, as their club’s unique connection with the Air Force and military presence in the area often sees players coming and going, often following their deployment assignments. After losing a tight match to the Denver Highlanders weeks earlier, the Grizzlies brought their entire strength into this weekend. The results paid off, as the Colorado Springs Grizzlies defeated the Denver Barbarians in a tight match that came down to a single point, 29-28.



It was all Colorado Springs to open the game. The Grizzlies used their large forward pack to earn yards right through the heart of the Barbarians defense. After multiple line breaks from the CO Springs man of the match Matt Woerner, simple pick and go tries were scored by winger Devon McIntosh and prop Cody Varnell within 10 minutes. The Barbos would hit back with tries from team leader, veteran Danny “Try Me” Bell and Jason “Tubbs” Christiansen. After two Devin Martling conversions (yes, that’s Lenny’s kid), the score was knotted at 14 apiece.
 


Before the half, Colorado Springs answered back through Matt Woerner and the fullback Mike Williams slotted his third conversion. The Barbos unfortunately lost a few players to injury at the end of the half, and faced an uphill battle with a halftime score trailing 21-14. With a different half back pairing moving Ryan Walker to flyhalf and Jojo Star to scrumhalf, the Barbos saw some decent momentum in the early minutes of the second half. A try through the scrappy loose forward Walter Savaria was converted by Walker, bringing the score to 24-21 (Co Springs converted an earlier penalty).



Right when it seemed as though the Barbarians would take their momentum to a leading score, it was Colorado Springs who hit back. In what seemed like the theme of the day, the grizzlies dotted down through their pack, with the loose flanker Mauiitiitiatalaga Yandall getting the honors as he bruised through the goal line in the 62nd minute. The Grizzlies would then empty their bench in an effort to hold out a 29-21 lead. A 70th minute converted try by Dante Brown gave the hometown fans hope as the score was pushed to just a one point game. But even a 78th minute yellow card against the Springs was not enough to help the Barbos get back down in scoring territory.
 
Final Score:
Colorado Springs – 29
Denver Barbarians – 28
 


The second side game saw tries a plenty, as the Denver Barbarians called on their old boy network to turn the day around with a win. Tries came from Dante Brown, Pt Smith, and Andy Amburg (who had a one handed intercept try!), and notable efforts were put forth from Uncle Johnny Warner, Juan "Chili" Bialy, Adam Fisher, and Matt Lancaster. Hats off to all the players that closed out the second game and secured a Barbarian come from behind victory!
 


Final Score:
 Barbos (2nd) – 35
 Colorado Springs (2nd) – 34


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Denver Barbarians vs Colorado Grizzlies

The Barbos are ecstatic to host not one but TWO games this Saturday at Cook Park, located at 7100 Cherry Creek S Dr, Denver, CO 80224, against the Colorado Springs Grizzlies. The players will arrive at the field at 12:15 for a 1:00pm and 3:00pm kick off. There will be another BBQ for old boys, fans, friends, families, pets and anyone interested in Denver Barbarian Rugby starting around 12:30. There will be coolers of beer and other beverages available for consumption all day, but fans are welcome to bring their own food and drinks as well!

The Colorado Springs Grizzlies currently sit at the top of the table in the Rocky Mountain Championship division after big wins against the NoCo Flamingos, Queen City Rams, and Marauders Rugby. The Grizzlies lost their only Rocky Mountain Premiership crossover match so far, falling to the Denver Highlanders 35-26. With both an A side and B side match, there will be plenty of amazing rugby to be played on Saturday at Cook Park. If you know an old boy who hasn’t been out to a game in a while …  bring them out to Saturday’s matches! We can’t wait to host the the Barbo Family for what is sure to be another epic club celebration!

As always, Bleed Green


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Denver Barbarians vs Denver Misfits Match Summary

After a hard week of preparation at 4165 S Hazel Ct (Sheridan HS Football stadium) on both Monday and Wednesday night 7:30 - 9:30, the Barbos suited up against the recently founded club, the Denver Misfits. After the dust (and turf pellets) settled, your Denver Barbarians walked away victorious 51-14.
The day opened up with a group of dedicated players who showed up early to the Glendale turf to begin what would turn out to be an amazing BBQ and fan atmosphere.

With captain, fly-half, and community leader Charles Ajarrista on ice (quite literally, as he suffered a fractured nose in Aspen during Ruggerfest), the Barbos relied on Devin Martling, son of Barbo old boy favorite Lenny Martling, to steer the ship and wear the #10 jersey for the Green and White. As Ajarrista delivered on the grill flipping patties and turning dogs, Martling did the same on the field. Martling led the team on offense, distributing the ball amongst centers Alex Schultz and Brendan Shea, in addition to spreading it wide through wingers Todd Oswald and Dante Brown. The 2018 Championship M.V.P. Gabe Bram was very active in the fullback role, attacking the fringes all day.

While the backs had plenty of field to play in, it was the forward pack who delivered early and late in the game. Jason “Tubbs” Christensen dotted down twice through the Barbo’s rolling maul and through his go forward ball. Jacob Drew Berlin, Eric “Blow the Horn” Bloedorn, and Mr. Reliable Leland Beatley all scored through the strength of the forward pack as they continued to put the Misfits under pressure in the second half. Michael Lawrenson sacrificed life, limb and digit in a huge defensive effort, holding up two Misfit mauls and turning the ball back to the Denver Barbarians.



The real story of the night was the amazing BarboFam culture under the gazebo as the Barbos continued to put up tries all night. With 100+ fans in the stands, the Barbo Nation cheered with bells, as old boys sang songs of nostalgic times past. As Charles Ajarrista continued to sling burgers and dogs to any willing fan, the Green and White won the day through the club culture. The post match social was held at Three Dogs Tavern (3390 W 32nd Ave, Denver, CO 80211) and the team watched Georgia vs. Uruguay in the 2019 Rugby World Cup hosted in Japan.


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Denver Barbarians vs Denver Misfits


Your Denver Barbarians open their fall league schedule against the Denver Misfits. The Misfits have recently moved up into the Rocky Mountain Premiership after a season of friendly matches in the spring of 2019. The Barbos executive council is excited to have the following planned for this weekend's game:
    
•    Pregame grill out and social hour from 4:30pm – 6:00pm (kickoff).
•    An Old Boys tent with name tags and pens. We want our new current player community meeting and paying homage to those that have worn the Green & White in the past.
•    National Anthem scheduled for 5:57pm by world class Trumpeter and former Barbos winger Matt Clement
•    Coolers of beer and hot dogs / hamburgers available all game for the Barbo Family and friends (aka the BarboFam)

Let’s turn the Glendale turf gazebo into a Green & White party as the Barbos look to open up their league schedule with an important win.

Please invite all your friends and family for Saturday’s clash, and don’t forget to wear GREEN & WHITE!

See you Saturday, and as always, BLEED GREEN!

FINAL SCORE: Denver Barbarians 51 - Denver Misfits 12 (Posted Saturday, September 28)


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RECAP OF
52nd Annual Aspen Ruggerfest


As the hours counted down towards the 52nd annual Aspen Ruggerfest, the Denver Barbarians headed towards the mountains via cars, trains and RV’s with dreams of Sunday mug glory. The end result wasn’t what the team wanted, but the weekend wasn’t without many moments of bravery, focus and physical battery. The action started early Saturday morning on Rio Grande field, where the morning dew and freshly mowed grass gave off the sights, sounds and smells of pure Colorado rugby.

The Barbarians faced off against a formidable North America Lions developmental side for a 9am kick off. The Barbos had scrimmaged the team the previous weekend, as the NA Lions have spent the last month training at Glendale’s facilities under the tutelage of former Eagle Paul Emerick and World Rugby coach Ted Kiernan. To call the NA Lions side a “developmental” team was quite the understatement. This young team, with ages ranging from 18-24 holds many future Eagles and some great Canadian players. Looking back, the Barbos realized they started too slow in this early morning showdown. While the Barbos played strong defense at times, the NA Lions’ structure and tenaciousness was too much. The Barbos were overcome with drops and mistakes in the set piece and fell 24-3 in their first pool game.

The 11am kick off against Boulder provided an opportunity for the Barbos to face off against the team that sent them packing from the playoffs last spring. Boulder defeated the Barbos TWICE last year, in the fall and spring, and the Green & White knew there was more than Ruggerfest pride in this match. The Barbos forward pack turned their lineout around after a sloppy first game, and started the game with two push over maul tries, the scoring coming from the hands of hard runner Jason “Tubbs” Christiansen. Tubbs has been a key piece of the Barbos pack for the last 3 years, as he looks to increase his leadership role in his 4th season as he looks to lead the Barbos back to the 2018 National Championship form. The Barbos then got the ball flying through the hands of the backs. Some crisp passing put Dante Brown under the posts and the rout was on. As the subs rolled through (yes, it’s hard to breath at 8,000 feet above sea level!), Boulder was able to put some tries in, but it wasn’t enough as the Barbos stamped out a convincing win 31-17.

This led to a “win or go home” final pool game against the Dark N Stormy Misfits. Anchored by a handful of active professional Major League Rugby players, the Misfits appeared to be the favorite simply by side by side size comparison. This massive team got the scoring started with an early try, but the Barbos recovered and began to put in an unbelievable defensive effort. The Misfits’ attack continued to come, yet the Barbos pack and backline were tenacious in their tackling forcing six first half knock ons. The team also ran down what appeared to be sure thing tries, and kept the game within striking distance at halftime.

After a remarkable passage of play from club president & lighting rod Logan Collins (who graciously returned to the playing field for this historic tournament), it was team leader, mentor and the try man himself, Danny Bell, who caught an offload and scored near the posts. Team captain Charles Ajarrista converted the try and the Barbos held tight at 10-7 for the majority of the game. A serious injury to a Misfits player caused a 20 minute game delay as he was stretchered off, and the Barbos seemed to lose their defensive momentum. The Misfits punched in two tries, one of which was run in by a 6’6” 320lb ex-Fijian national player (talk about size!). Final whistle saw the Barbos fall 22-7, but the team realized after the game how well they played on defense against a group of professional players.

On Sunday, the Barbos had current players Juan “Chilli” Bialy and “Uncle” Johnny Warner suit up for Time Rugby and Rob Moreno suiting up for the Misfits in the O35 final. The Misfits were victorious, but everyone won this Sunday thanks to beautiful weather and a somber moment of respect for the late Jerry Hatum who passed in June. Jerry was an Aspen old boy and at one point the club president for Aspen. The Barbos have a great history playing against Aspen and the club joined the fans (attendance estimates were ~2000) in remembrance.


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Fall season is back in swing, and the Green and White have been busily preparing themselves for the 2019 – 2020 season. Players resumed 15’s training in mid-August, preparing their bodies for the 10 weeks of physicality and sacrifice that's needed to play the great game of Rugby!

On September 7th, the Denver Barbarians defeated the Northern Colorado Flamingos in a hard fought battle, 45-29. The game saw the NoCo Flaming O’s grab an early lead through some physical running from their forward pack. However, the Barbo leadership in the back line tightened up in the second half to score numerous tries as the team tacked on 45 before the final whistle. While the Flamingos are competing in the Frontier’s Rock Mountain Championship (D3), the Barbos could see them later in the fall on November 2nd (the tentative date for the RMRU fall finals).

 

On September 14th, the Barbos participated in a 3-way scrimmage between the Colorado School Mines and a high-performance group of athletes selected by USA for development. All three teams benefited from the session and the Barbo players enjoyed lunch and libations at the team’s sponsored pub Three Dogs Tavern on W 32nd Street in the West Highlands. Three Dogs will be airing all of the USA Eagles matches (regardless of wacky time zone difference) for the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Come root on Ben Pinkelman as he leads the Eagles in a difficult pool featuring England, France, Argentina, Tonga and our beloved USA Eagles. Dates and times to come for BarboFam watch parties.

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The Barbos are now looking to have a strong week of training leading into the historic 52nd annual Ruggerfest in Aspen, Colorado. The Barbos play their pool games EARLY on Saturday so be sure to set your alarm clocks if you plan on making the trip to Aspen for this amazing tournament.

The Denver Barbarians tied the Denver Highlanders in 1970 for the title mug. Since then, they have won Ruggerfest 9 times (with an additional win coming under the name Pro Leisure Tour All Stars). The Barbos have not won since 2013, which was their 3rd straight win at that point. Since 2013, the winners have been the Glendale Raptors, Gentleman of Aspen, and the Dark N Stormy Misfits (in that order).

The Barbos hope to win back the hardware next weekend on the infamous Wagner Field. If you are planning to make the trip up to Aspen, please wear your Green and White proud!

The full Aspen schedule for old and young boys can be viewed at the Ruggerfest website.

The weekend schedule is as follows:

Saturday, 21 September

Barbos vs NA Rugby - 8:55 am - Wagner Rugby Stadium

Barbos vs Boulder Rugby - 11:40 am - Rio Grande Park

Barbos vs Dark & Stormy Misfits - 2:25 pm - Wagner Rugby Stadium

(Additional games on Sunday depending on Saturday’s results)


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The Denver Barbarians open up their Rocky Mountain Rugby Premiership championship quest against the Misfits at the Glendale turf, Saturday Sept 28th. There will be a BBQ, a beverage tent, and plenty of rugby to watch as the Barbos play their first home game. The Misfits have moved up from the RMR Championship to the RMR Premiership and the Barbos are looking forward to what will be an important match to open the season on the right foot.

Save the date and time - Sept 28th at 6:00 pm! Tell your family, friends and pets. Let’s make it a day to remember!

As always, Bleed Green!


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Congratulations Ben, Martin and Malon!

The Denver Barbarians congratulate Ben Pinkelman, Martin Iosefo, and Malon Al-Jiboori, former Barbos, on their selection to USA Rugby's squad for Rugby World Cup Japan 2019! We applaud you for this achievement and wish you many more successes.

Martin and Ben were also members of the USA’s 2016 Olympics squad.

Both were instrumental in leading the USA Men’s Sevens program, this past year, to their most successful season in history.


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Watch the World Cup online.  The link will direct you to a page that outlines the different streaming services.

There is one Denver pub, we’re aware of, that is televising the World Cup. If you know of others, please drop us a note.

Three Dogs Tavern (Sponsors of the Barbos)

3390 W. 32nd Ave., Denver 80211   (720) 854-1277

Rugby World Cup Japan 2019 matches that will be shown live at our team pub, Three Dogs Tavern:

- New Zealand v South Africa (9/21 3:45am)


– Ireland v Scotland (9/22 1:45am)


USA v England (9/26 4:45am)


– Australia v Wales (9/29 1:45am)


USA v France (10/2 1:45am)


USA v Argentina (10/9 22:45pm)


USA v Tonga (10/13 23:45pm)


– Semifinal 1 (10/26 2:00am)


– Semifinal 2 (10/27 3:00am)


– Final (11/2 3:00am)

They will also be able to show all all replays. Alcohol will not be available for sale for the after hours live matches.

Thanks to Three Dogs Tavern for making the Rugby World Cup available for viewing in Denver. Please thank them if you stop in to enjoy any of the matches!


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There is a hoard of current and former Denver Barbarians playing in Rugbytown 7s this weekend at Infinity Park, and the action starts Friday and runs through Sunday.
The Denver 7s side includes nine Barbos - Siale Maka, Eric Sykes Jr., Jeremy Misailegalu, Bobby Impson, Noah Pflaum, Harley Alexander Davidson, Alex Wormer, Aaron Gray, Matt Long, Coleson Warner, Maximo de Achaval and coaches Tyson Meek and Kelly Meek along with physio extraordinaire Purvi Desai.
Cole Zarcone and Jack Wendling are wearing the red, white and blue for the Collegiate All Americans, Cody Melphy and Cristian Ortega are representing Army, Nick Boyer is playing with Life West, Taylor Howden is coaching the Nola Gold (and we wouldn't be surprised if he ends up on the pitch) while Liam Wynne, Thomas LaMuraglia, Dom Oliveira are suiting up for the Sacramento Eagles.

Denver 7s Matches – all at Infinity Park Stadium Glendale
Friday Aug 23 1250 p v So Cal Griffins
Friday Aug 23 350 p v Tiger Rugby
Friday Aug 23 650 p v Celtic Barbarians (Canada)
Saturday Aug 24 240 p v Tsunami Sport Barbarians (UK)
Saturday Aug 24 505 - 815 p Quarterfinals
Sunday Aug 25 1100 a - 150 p Semifinals
Sunday Aug 25 310 - 545 p Finals

Hope to see a lot of Green and White in the stands supporting all the Barbos playing this weekend.


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Barbos - Salt Lake City 7s National Qualifier Tournament

The Barbos are on their way to Salt Lake City for the last leg of the 2019 USA Rugby Club 7s National Championship Qualifying Tournaments. The event, on Saturday, July 27, will be held at the Regional Athletic Complex located at 2280 Rose Park Lane, Salt Lake City, UT 84116.



Each of the National Qualifying tournaments the club have participated in have seen Coaches Tyson Meek and Kelly Meek take two sides and the Salt Lake tournament won’t be an exception.



The 7s side has qualified for the 2019 USA Rugby Club 7s National Championship Tournament having placed at the Denver 7s Tournament and winning the Heartland 7s (Kansas City) Tournament. The 2019 National Championship tourney will be held in Kansas City on August 10 - 11.



Tyson and Kelly have assembled quite the duo of guest coaches. Former Barbos and now USA Eagles Ben Pinkelman and Ke'von Williams are lending a hand at practices. 
Ben was named to the Dream Team for the 2019 World Series of 7s. As well, Ben is competing for a spot on the 15s World Cup team alongside former Barbo Martin Iosefo.
 Cody Melphy, former Barbos 7s player, is captaining the USA at the Pan Am games in Lima, Peru.


Bleed Green!


Denver Sevens Rugby Tournament

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The Denver Barbarians compete in the Denver Sevens Rugby Tournament on Saturday, June 22 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

The tournament features four brackets: Men’s Qualifier, Men’s Club, Men’s Social and, Boy’s Open High School.

The Barbos will feature two sides in the Men’s Qualifier competing for entry to the US Rugby Sevens Championship playoffs. Did you know that the Denver Barbarians have competed for a Sevens Championship 24 times? This is more appearances in the playoffs than any other US rugby club.

Sevens rugby is a fast paced and exciting form of rugby with seven members per team going full-out during 14 minutes of non-stop action. You may have watched sevens rugby at the Rio Olympics. Teams from Colorado, the Midwest, and other regions will be competing. If you haven't watched rugby before, this is a great introduction. The winner of the tournament will gain entry to the US Rugby Sevens Championship playoffs.

Wear green and support the Barbos throughout the tournament.

Bleed Green!

Men’s Qualifier: Denver Barbarians Premier, Kansas City Blues, Park City Haggis, Peaks Rugby, Denver Barbarians A

Men’s Club: Denver Barbarians 3, Boulder Rugby, Littleton Eagles, Kansas City 3, Kansas City 2, Queen City Pioneers, Scalliwags 7s, Rebel Rugby Academy U-20’s

Men’s Social: Well Hungarians, Queen City Thundering Herd, Colorado Springs, Denver Misfits, Lincoln Wolves, Denver Harlequins

Boy’s Open High School: Denver East High School, Snow Canyon High School (Arizona), Legend Titans High School, Cherry Creek High School


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Denver Barbarians - 2019 Rocky Mountain Rugby Men’s Challenge League Champions

The Denver Barbarians, undefeated through the 2018/2019 season, won the Rocky Mountain Rugby Men’s Challenge League championship on Saturday, May 11 at Flanagan Park in Colorado Springs.

The Barbos had to win two contests to take home the trophy. The day began with a win (30-3) over the Colorado Springs Grizzlies.

With only 10 minutes between matches, the Barbos took to the pitch again and defeated the Northside Marauders (57 - 35) winning the championship.

The Barbos were coached by Brendan Shea, Soane Leger and Danny Bell.

The roster for the day:

1 Kevin Gauthier

2 Leland Beatley

3 Solo Charbonneau

4 Matthew Pele (Tweak)

5 Keegan Horton

6 Reed Ronan

7 Kyle Hilyard

8 Mitch Andrews ©

9 Chris Kenson

10 Ryan Walker

11 Benjamin Happapuro

12 Alexander Schultz

13 Todd Oswald

14 Kevin Kusiak

15 Dante Brown

16 Joshua Spencer

17 Estevan Crispin

18 Jordan Gunderson

19 Duncan Forest

20 Jason Christensen

21 Willian Hardenbergh

22 Franky Sowers

© - Captain

Congratulations!

Bleed Green!


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The Denver Barbarians host Park City Haggis on Saturday, March 30 at Infinity Park’s Turf Field located at 1055 S Cherry St, Denver, CO 80246. The match kicks off at 1:00 pm.
The Barbos and Haggis participate in Rocky Mountain Men's Premiership League.

We look forward to seeing you there. Support the Barbos and wear green.

Bleed Green!


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The Denver Barbarians take on the Denver Highlanders in two matches on Saturday, March 23 at Francis Wisebart Jacobs Park located at 1101 S Quebec St, Denver, CO 80224. The first match kicks off at 1:00 pm with the second match starting at 3:00 pm.
The matches are part of the Rocky Mountain Men's Premiership and Rocky Mountain Men's Challenge League spring 2019 campaign.
We look forward to seeing you there. Support the Barbos and wear green.

Bleed Green!

Results:

Rocky Mountain Men's Premiership: Denver Barbarians 49 - Denver Highlanders 14

Rocky Mountain Men's Challenge League: Denver Barbarians 46 - Denver Highlanders 14


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Denver Barbarians vs Denver MISFITS

The Denver Barbarians take on the Denver Misfits in both teams’ first match of the spring 2019 campaign. Please note this is a Sunday match.

The match takes place at Infinity Park Turf Field, 1055 S Cherry St, Denver, CO 80246 with kickoff scheduled for 11:30 am on Sunday, March 17, 2019.

Wear green and white and support the Barbos.

We look forward to seeing you at the match!

Bleed Green!

Results: In decisive fashion, your Denver Barbarians Rugby came out on top against the Denver Misfits in this preseason game. Final score, 55-13! Man of the Match for the Barbos was Jason “Tubbs” Christensen.

Pictured: Charles Ajarrista and Jake Berlin

Pictured: Charles Ajarrista and Jake Berlin


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Denver Barbarians vs Denver Harlequins

The Denver Barbarians take on the Denver Harlequins at Cook Park, 7100 Cherry Creek S Dr, Denver, CO 80224, in two matches beginning at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm, respectively. The Barbos look to get back on track against the ‘Quins.

We look forward to seeing you at the matches.

Bleed Green!


 
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DENVER BARBARIANS VS BOULDER RUGBY

Denver Barbarians travel to Boulder, CO for their first away game of the season. Two matches will take place at Pleasant View Fields Sports Complex located at 3805 47th St, Boulder, CO 80301. The first side kicks off at 1:00 p.m. while the second side begins their match at 3:00 p.m.

Make the short drive to Boulder and support the Barbos!


 

Barbos begin their Aspen Ruggerfest schedule with a match against Utah Misfits on Saturday, Sept 15 at 12:10 pm on the Rio Grande Park Pitch located at the corner of N Mill Street and Rio Grande Place.

The Barbos second match of the day kicks off at 1:50 pm against Jackson Hole at Wagner Park - 419 S Mill St, Aspen, CO 81611.


We look forward to seeing you at the pitches.

Bleed Green!


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Denver Barbarians vs Denver Highlanders

Barbos win two matches against the Highlanders

The Barbos and Highlanders began the fall portion of their 2018 - 2019 Rocky Mountain Rugby schedule on Saturday, September 8 at Frances Weisbart Jacobs Park.

The first side won their Rocky Mountain Rugby Premiership League opener 49 -21 against the Denver Highlanders.

The second side finished the day strong with a 29-19 victory in a Rocky Mountain Rugby Challenge League contest.

The Barbos finished their 2017-2018 schedule undefeated in league play with their crowning achievement defeating all during the playoffs and winning USA Rugby's Men's Club National Championship!

The Barbos second side was undefeated (7 wins - 0 losses) and champion of Rocky Mountain Rugby's Men's Challenge League.

The Highlanders gained 4 wins against 5 losses in last season's Division II competition.

Coach Brian Erichsen is returning many veteran players along with a number of others from college and other club programs from across the country.


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The Denver Barbarians win the Denver 7s Rugby Tournament and advance to the 2018 USA RUGBY CLUB SEVENS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP in New York City as the #1 seed.

This is the 24th appearance for the Barbos in the Championship Tournament.  The Barbos pool includes Mystic River, Atlanta Old White, and Belmont Shore's second side. 

Flo Rugby will be broadcasting the tournament beginning at 9:00 am on Saturday, August 11 and continuing through the final match on Sunday, August 12.

For more information about the tournament:
www.usaclub7s.com/

Follow us on Facebook as the Barbos progress through the championship playoffs..

 

Bleed Green!


Denver Barbarians Win National Championship!

 
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Photo by JD Black

 

There are 135 rugby teams in the Barbos division, and we are officially NUMBER ONE!!! 🏆
Huge effort today to come back from behind and win the National Championship Game!!! 39-38 over Detroit Tradesmen Rugby. Big ups and thanks to our opposition for a hard fought match!
Also, THANK YOU #BarboNation for your immense support today in the stadium, couldn't have done it without you!
More pictures to come soon. Bleed Green!
Read USA Rugby's article about the match.


Denver Barbarians Vie for National Championship

 

The Denver Barbarians take on the Detroit Tradesmen to decide the 2018 USA Rugby Emirates Airline Club National Championship.

Kickoff takes place at 2:00 pm on Sunday, June 3 at Infinity Park Stadium.
Tickets are available online or at the gate.
Adult:  $10.00 13 years or older.
Youth:  $5.00 - 4 - 12 years of age.
Children: 3 Years and younger are free.
 

Join us in the Infinity Park parking lot, at the corner of E. Kentucky and S. Cherry St., before the game for a tailgate event.


The club will be getting together after the match at the Rackhouse Pub - 2875 Blake St, Denver, CO 80205

All are invited.

 

Thank you to all members and supporters of the Barbo Nation, near and far.
We look forward to seeing you as we compete for the National Championship!
Wear green to the match.

As always, Bleed Green!

Founded in 1967


Barbos at USA Rugby's Club Western Championships

Fort Worth, TX

 

 

 

By Brendan Shea

Day One in Fort Worth saw hot and windy conditions as the Denver Barbarians faced the Eastside Tsunami (for the first time in both clubs' history). The game started slow with many handling errors on both sides. The Tsunami played hard-running rugby to start, but had a mental lapse early and was penalized a red card for striking a player off the ball. Denver began to use the ball wide and find gaps in the Tsunami back line leading to two first half tries under the posts. But the Tsunami struck back before the half with a pair of scores, and it was knotted at the half with the Barbos leading 14-12.

The second half saw six unanswered trys for the Denver Barbarians as their back line continued to display their athleticism and speed. Eric Sykes Jr. had a brace of tries, and the defense held against the persistent and continuous phase play by the Tsunami. There was one passage of play in the second half where the Tsunami attack went 25 consecutive phases before putting ball to deck. This game had large amounts of physicality, but it was Denver's speed that held the day.

Final Score:
Denver Barbarians - 48
Eastside Tsunami - 12


Trys:

Denver: Michael Al-Jiboori, Eric Meyers, Brendan Shea, Evan Geist, Estevan Crispin, Shane Milek and Eric Sykes Jr (x2)

Eastside Tsunami

On Day Two, the rain poured in Fort Worth throughout most of the morning, making for a muddy field with high humidity levels. When the Denver Barbarians and San Diego Old Aztecs took the field at 1:30 pm for the D2 Western Final, the sun had come back out adding intense heat to an already humid atmosphere. The Old Aztecs defeated San Antonio the previous day in a high scoring match featuring impressive back play and pace.

San Diego got on the front foot early, scoring two converted tries through their strong running forward pack. San Diego's Malaetasi Toilolo ran some powerful, prop-style running lines and gave the Barbo pack fits in the first 20 minutes. Denver needed a gut check before the end of the first half and got it with a trio of full length trys. However, San Diego chipped into space and regained the lead after collecting the high ball and dotting down before the half making the score 19-17 going into the final 40 minutes.

But it was all Denver in the second half as the Barbarians rolled in seven second half tries as the team continued to utilize their speed and fitness to move the ball into open space and allow their play makers to capitalize. Team veteran and leader Michael Pisney commented on the weekend in Fort Worth.

"We traveled to the Texas knowing that we had signed up for a fight. We also knew that we had the tools in the shed to handle just about anything thrown at us. The boys have been working hard on maintaining not just physical stamina, but mental stamina as well. When the Tsunami and Old Aztecs scored on us, we kept it together, regrouped, and utilized our cohesion to ride the wave and overcome these adversities."

He elaborated on the club's growth during the 2018 season.

"Over the past several years, the club has been working on enhancing a culture that breeds success through hard work, dedication, and commitment to the club. The vibe around the Barbarian horde at the moment is excellent, the boys are playing for the man next to them, not for themselves. I have never been more proud to be a Barbarian and I am looking forward to leaving everything on the field with my brothers on June 3rd in front of the entire Barbo family."

Final Score:
Denver Barbarians - 60
San Diego Old Aztecs - 24


Trys:
Denver - Evan Geist, Carmine Hernandez, Brendan Shea, Gabe Bram, Shane Milek, Chuck Ajarrista, Michael Al-Jiboori (x2), Eric Sykes Jr., Eric Bloedorn

San Diego - William Dow (x2), Malaetasi Toilolo, James Niblock

See USA Rugby's article on the Western Championship playoffs.
Read USA Rugby's recap on the Eastern Championship Playoffs.


Bleed Green!

 
Denver Barbarians - USA Rugby's 2018 Club Western Championships

Denver Barbarians - USA Rugby's 2018 Club Western Championships

The Denver Barbarians travel to Fort Worth, TX for two matches in the 2018 USA Rugby Club Western Championships!

The Barbos two matches will be televised on USA Rugby TV - http://usarugbytv.com/

The squad enters the weekend undefeated in league play with a record of 10 wins and 0 losses while outscoring their opponents 130 - 37 in their two playoff matches to date.

Saturday's May 19 match against Eastern Tsunami, a Portland, OR squad, kicks off at 12:30 pm Mountain time.  Click on Field 2 to watch the Barbos.

The May 20 kickoff time will be determined after the first day's competition.  We'll keep you posted.

Bleed Green!


Denver Barbarians - 2018 Frontier Rugby Conference Champions

Denver Barbarians
2018 Frontier Conference Champions

The Barbos defeated the St Louis Royals 56 - 30 on Saturday, May 5 earning the title of 2018 Frontier Conference Champions. The victory sees the team traveling to Harmon Field Park in Fort Worth, TX to face Eastside Tsunami in USA Rugby's National Quarter-Finals.  The playoff brackets leading to the National Championship are illustrated on USA Rugby's website.

In the 2nd minute of the match, Charles Ajarrista put Denver on the board with a penalty kick.  St Louis would soon respond and at the half the Barbos led 22-13.
Starting the second half, the Barbos produced four unanswered trys, giving them a 39 - 13 advantage, one from which St Louis couldn't recover.  All Barbos received playing time and the team effort resulted in the win.

Rocky Mountain Rugby provided a scoring summary by the minute.  See their Twitter posts.

Try scorers included:  Eric Meyers, Michael Al-Jiboori, Eric Sykes with 3 trys, Eric Bloedorn, Brendan Shea, Carmine Hernandez, Michael Pisney.  Charles Ajarrista provided all conversion kicks.

The Barbos were joined during the National Anthem and in the post-match photo, shown above, by members of Aspire Autism based in Bloomfield, CO. Thanks to Matt Clement, fellow Barbo, for his trumpet performance.

 


Frontier Conference RUGBY Championship Final

Denver Barbarians vs St. Louis Royals

The Barbos, Rocky Mountain Rugby's Champion, by way of defeating Park City Haggis, 71 - 7, face the St. Louis Royals, Mid-America Champion, on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. for the Frontier Conference  Championship.  The match takes place at Infinity Park Turf Field, 1055 S Cherry St, Denver, CO 80246.

The winner of this match travels to Ft. Worth, TX the weekend of May 19 - 20 to decide USA Rugby's Western Champion.

There was a very good showing at the Barbo/Park City match.  Let's top that! Wear green to the match and support the Barbos as they continue their playoff run! We look forward to seeing you there!

View the Frontier Division's standings and results for the Barbos and Bombers here.

Bleed Green!

The Lineup

1. Eric Bloedorn
2. Danny Bell
3. Eric Meyers
4. Mike Pisney
5. Logan Collins
6. Brendan Shea
7. Estevan Crispin
8. Evan Geist
9. Carmine Hernandez
10. Charles Ajarrista
11. Eric Sykes
12. Shane Milek
13.  Michael Al-Jiboori
14. Devrin Young
15. Gabe Bram
16. Alex Schultz
17. Brian Evans
18. Richard Cotterman
19. Antwun Baker
20. Francisco Rodriguez Fontan
21. Francis Palumbo
22. Soane Leger
23. Ryan Walker


Barbos Defeat Park City Haggis 71 - 7
Advance to Frontier Conference Championship Final

Denver Barbarians - Rocky Mountain Rugby's Champion


The Denver Barbarians, undefeated in league play, took on Park City Haggis, Saturday, April 28, to determine the Rocky Mountain Rugby Champion.  Solid defense and an explosive offense saw the Barbos win the match 71 - 7.  While Denver found the try line at 3 minutes, it wasn't until the 20 minute mark that another try was delivered by the Barbos.  At that point, the Barbarian offense added a try, on average, every 4 1/2 minutes.  Half time saw the score at 31 - 0.

Head Coach Brian Erichsen, member of Canada's 2011 Rugby World Cup Squad, has led the Barbos throughout the season.  The players, old boys and supporters congratulate him on his stellar performance.  Introduce yourself to Coach Erichsen following this weekend's match or at any number of upcoming social events.

The Barbos Lineup

1. Eric Meyers
2. Danny Bell
3. Soane Leger
4. Mike Pisney
5. Logan Collins
6. Brendan Shea
7. Evan Geist
8. Jason Christensen
9. Carmine Hernandez
10. Charles Ajarrista
11. Eric Sykes
12. Shane Milek
13.  Michael Al-Jiboori
14. Antwun Baker
15. Gabe Bram
16. Devin Martling
17. Brian Evans
18. Ryan Murphy
19. Devrin Young
20. Francisco Rodriguez Fontan
21. Estevan Crispin
22. Todd Oswald
23. Ryan Walker


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Rocky Mountain Rugby CHAMPIONSHIP PLAYOFF

The Denver Barbarians (10 wins - 0 losses) take on Park City Haggis (6 wins - 4 losses) to determine the team that will represent Rocky Mountain Rugby in the run for USA Rugby's National Championship. The winner of this match will face the Mid-America Champion on May 5, 2018 in Denver, Colorado.

Kickoff for the Barbos vs Haggis match takes place at 4:00 p.m. at the Infinity Park Turf Field, 1055 S Cherry St, Denver, CO 80246.

Wear green to the match and support the Barbos as they begin their playoff run!

Bleed Green!


The Denver Barbarians Rugby Club Hosts A Night at the Races

You're Invited!

A Night at the Races is the annual fundraiser for the Denver Barbarians Rugby Club; it is a night to introduce new people to one of the oldest and most storied rugby clubs in the United States and strengthen our place in the Denver athletic community.
What: A Night at the Races
When: Saturday, May 12th, 2018 doors open at 6pm
Where: The Rackhouse Pub, 2875 Blake St., Denver, CO 80205 in the RiNo District
Cost: $20 per person, this includes a dinner plate and your first Bierstadt Lager or C Squared Cider
Dress code: Derby Attire
Festivities: Brewery games, including warehouse beer pong & retro parlor games
Drink Specials: $5 Bierstadt Lagers & $6 C Squared Ciders all night

All are welcome! 

For more information, please contact:  Jake Berlin (jacobdrew92@gmail.com) or Kevin Gauthier (gauthier.kevin.p@gmail.com).

See the event posting on Facebook.


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The Barbos, continuing their winning ways in the Rocky Mountain Rugby Union, won two this past weekend, April 7, 2018, with the first side winning, 45 - 15, against an always tough Park City Haggis.  The second side offense ran away from the Colorado Rush, 102 - 15.


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The Barbos have two matches on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at Infinity Park Turf Field.

The first match pits the undefeated Barbos against Colorado Rush with kickoff taking place at 10:00 a.m.

The second match features the undefeated and first place Denver Barbarians against Park City Haggis.  Kickoff takes places at 12:00 p.m.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Bleed Green!

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Robert Paylor, a rugby player at the University of California, is returning to California to continue his studies. He has spent the past nine months at the Craig Spinal Rehabilitation Center in Denver.

Please join Robert, his family and friends, April 4, 2018, from 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. at the Three Lions Pub located at 2239 E. Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80206 and/or consider making a donation to Robert's GoFundMe page.

Robert's YouTube video is available here.

Only rugby people can take care of their own like we can.

The Barbos wish Robert all the best during his recovery!


Denver Barbarians WIN BOTH Matches Against Denver Harlequins RUGBY

Denver Barbarians Rugby at Cook Park, Denver, Colorado - October 28, 2017

Denver Barbarians Rugby at Cook Park, Denver, Colorado - October 28, 2017

The Denver Barbarians were in overdrive as the first side and second side teams put up 88 and 122 points, respectively, against the Denver Harlequins in two matches on October 28, 2017 at Cook Park in Denver, Colorado.
The first side scored 14 tries and had nine conversions while the second side scored 20 tries and had 11 conversions.  First side players that scored tries included:  Matt Clement – 1, Antwun Barker – 2, Gabe Bram – 2, Carmine Hernandez -1, Mark DeGuire – 1, Evan Geist - 2, Michael Al-Jiboori – 2, Eric Bloedorn – 1, Eric Sykes, Jr. - 1, Charles Ajarrista – 1.  Lance Eberhard had nine conversions.

The Denver Barbarians are coached by Brian Erichsen and Dan Bludeau.

The Barbos lead Rocky Mountain Rugby's Men's Senior Club competition at the midpoint with five wins and no losses.  League competition begins again on March 17, 2017.

1st Side:

#1 - Eric Bloedorn, (FR)                 #16 - Brendan Shea             

#2 - DanielBell,  (FR)                     #17 - Richard Cotterman, (FR)

#3 - Mark DeGuire, (FR)               #18 - Francisco Rodriguez Fontan

#4 - Jordan Gunderson                 #19 - Charles Ajarrista

#5 - Landon Peterson                    #20 - Devin Martling

#6 - Estevan Crispin                      #21 - Michael Pisney, (FR)

#7 - Evan Geist                               #22 - Logan Collins

#8 - Jason Christensen, (FR)        #23 - Timothy Hanify

#9 - Carmine Hernandez

#10 - Lance Eberhard

#11 - Matt Clement

#12 - Eric Sykes, Jr.

#13 - Michael Al-Jiboori

#14 - Antwun Baker

#15 - Gabe Bram

(FR) = Front Row player

 


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Denver Barbarians Rugby Football Club

vs Denver Harlequins Rugby

Denver Barbarians Rugby in Two Matches Against Denver Harlequins

The Barbos (4 wins / 0 losses) play the Denver Harlequins in two matches on Saturday, 28 October, 2017 at Cook Park, 7100 Cherry Creek S Dr, Denver, CO 80224.

The Division II match begins at noon followed by the Barbos and Harlequins D4 match starting at 2:00 p.m. 

Join the teams, after the games, at the College Inn located at 4400 S. 8th Ave, Denver, CO 80220.


Denver Barbarians / Park City Haggis

Denver Barbarians / Park City Haggis

Denver Barbarians Defeat park City Haggis

The Barbos, leading their Rocky Mountain Rugby division, go to four wins and no losses following a close match with Park City Haggis Rugby. Trailing at the 72nd minute, Charles Ajarrista, with one minute left on the clock, scored and converted his try to seal the match for the Barbarians, 26 - 24.

Denver was first, at the 2-minute mark, to score with Amani Griffith touching down for his first of two tries on the day. Charles Ajarrista converted and the Barbos led 7–0. Park City followed with an unconverted try to make it Barbos 7-5 at the 32nd minute.

Antwun Baker, minutes later, scored and the Barbos extended their lead to 12-5. Ajarrista’s conversion made the score 14-5 at the 35-minute mark.

At 40 minutes, Park City scored, missed the conversion kick and at the half the Barbos led 14-10.

Amani Griffith, five minutes into the second half, scored again for the Barbos and after Ajarrista’s conversion, the Barbos held a 19 – 10 lead.

The Haggis, within minutes, scored and converted bringing them to within striking distance at 17 – 19 with the Barbos holding a narrowing lead.

Park City Haggis took their first lead in the match, 24 – 19, at the 72nd minute following a try and conversion.

With the game on the line, in the 79th minute, Charles Ajarrista made the game winning try and conversion bringing the score to 26 – 24 at the final whistle.


Denver Barbarians/ 1967-2017

Denver Barbarians/ 1967-2017

Denver Barbarians Win AT JACOBS PARK

Denver Barbarians Rugby remain undefeated winning 71- 12 against the Denver Highlanders in their first meeting of the 2017 / 2018 Rocky Mountain Rugby Division II season.  Charles Ajarrista began the scoring for the Barbos at the eight-minute mark.  Michael Al-Jiboori, on his way to another hat trick on the day, followed up by scoring a try a few minutes later and scored two more trys within the first 50 minutes.  For the day, the Barbos dotted down 10 trys.  Try scorers were Charles Ajarrista - 1, Michael Al-Jiboori - 3, Landon Peterson - 1, Gabe Bram - 1, Antwun Baker - 2, Brendan Shea - 1 and Crispin Estevan with 1 try.  

Charles Ajarrista had 7 conversions and 1 penalty kick while Lance Eberhard completed the day's scoring with a conversion kick. 

In Division IV competition, the Denver Barbarians team defeated the Denver Highlanders by a score of 29 - 14.  The Barbos scored five tries while the Highlanders had two tries.  The match was tied at the 50 minute mark when the Barbos reeled off three tries to secure the game.

The Barbos travel to Utah for a match with Park City Haggis on Saturday, 14 October 2017.

The Barbarians are in first place in the Rocky Mountain Men's Senior Club Division 2.


Denver Barbarians vs Denver Highlanders

Denver Barbarians vs Denver Highlanders

Denver Barbarians vs Denver Highlanders

The undefeated Denver Barbarians take on the undefeated Denver Highlanders at Francis Wisebart Jacobs Park, 1069 S Oneida St, Denver, Colorado 80224 at 3:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, 7 October, 2017. Two matches will take place with the Barbos A-side kicking off at 3:00 p.m. followed by the B-side taking the pitch at 4:30 p.m.

Saturday's a rugby day. Bleed Green!

Join the teams after the matches at the Pioneer Bar located at 2401 S University Boulevard, Denver, Colorado 80210 at 6:00 p.m. for a beer and a bite to eat.


Denver Barbarians vs Boulder Rugby

Denver Barbarians vs Boulder Rugby

Barbos Win in Boulder

The Barbos defeated Boulder Rugby at Pleasant View Fields Sports Complex Championship Field in Boulder on Saturday, 30 September 2017 by a score of 85 - 5. Dominating on offense and defense, in a team-effort, the Barbarians scored 13 trys and converted 10 times. Barbos who scored included: Landon Petersen – 1, Antwun Baker – 2, Eric Sykes, Sr. – 2, Michael Al-Jiboori – 3, Charles Ajarrista – 2, Mike Pisney – 1, Jason Christensen – 1, Eric - 1, and Ryan Walker - 1. Charles Ajarrista had nine conversions and Devin Martling contributed one.


Denver Barbarians take on Boulder Rugby

The Barbos take on Boulder Rugby in two matches on Saturday, September 30 at Pleasant View Fields Sports Complex, 3805 47th Street, Boulder, CO 80301.
The Barbarians A-side tackle, in a Division II rivalry,  Boulder's A-side at noon. That game is followed, starting at 2:00 p.m., by the Division IV Barbos B-side facing off against Boulder's B-side.  The Barbos began their Fall/Spring 2017 Matches with a victory, 36 - 24, over the Glendale Merlins at Infinity Park.


We look forward to seeing you at the matches.
Bleed Green!


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

The Barbos play their first match of the Fall 2017 season against crosstown rivals, the Glendale Merlins, at Infinity Park Stadium beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, 9 September 2018.

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                                            

Bleed Green!          

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

Barbos 7s Squads in Lincoln, Nebraska

Barbos 7s Squads in Lincoln, Nebraska

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

Barbos Sevens Squad - June 2017

Barbos Sevens Squad - June 2017

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


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Denver Barbarians - Denver 7s Rugby Tournament - Denver, Colorado

Denver Barbarians - Denver 7s Rugby Tournament - Denver, Colorado

BARBOS WIN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA / OMBAC SEVENS TOURNAMENT

Barbos Sevens Squad at OMBAC 7s: June 17, 2017

Barbos Sevens Squad at OMBAC 7s: June 17, 2017

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
3. OMBAC
4. Orange County
5. OMBAC 2nd's
6. Santa Monica
7. Oceanside
8. LA Rugby