50 Years of BARBOS Rugby

The Denver Barbarians Rugby Football Club (the Barbos) was founded in 1967.  The initial members were men that had been playing rugby with some of the local collegiate teams or were Lacrosse players that wanted to learn new skills. The Barbos were the FIRST club side and became the standard for post- collegiate rugby in the region.

With the growth of the sport in the ensuing decades the Barbos played a larger role in the game on and off the field. The Barbos supplied many players to all levels of select side play including the 7's and 15's Eagles, the United States National Rugby Team.  In addition, many referees, coaches, and administrators at all levels have emerged from the Barbos ranks. The Club has won championships at the National, Territorial, and Local level in both 15’s and seven-a-side play.

Today the club has 60+ players fielding teams in three different leagues of play. The Pacific Rugby Premiership Team competes against top rugby clubs in the country.  This is the highest level of competitive play in the U.S. and requires a great deal of travel all compressed into a three month period in the spring.   We also field a team in Division II of the National Club Competition and are very competitive with this team.  The Barbos 7s side is consistently one of the top 7s sides in the country.

The club supports youth rugby with our partnership with the Denver Lions, a local youth rugby organization and by providing clinics and coaches to high school and college teams.  We also are involved in community service activities promoting several charitable events throughout the year.