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Barbos Win Lincoln 7s: Advance to 7s National Championship

Barbos 7s Squads in Lincoln, NE

Barbos 7s Squads in Lincoln, NE

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 Denver Barbarians are excited to play in the 50th Annual Denver Sevens Rugby Tournament on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

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

Eteaki, Paul

Pinkelman, Ben

Misailegalu, Jeremy

Impson, Bobby

de Achaval, Maximo

Al-Jiboori, Michael

Williams, Ke'Von

Peterson, Landon

Asuega, Celester

Sykes, Eric

Purnell, Spence

Young, Devrin


Denver Barbarians A Side

Shea, Brendan

Henley, Raymond

Christensen, Jason

Walker, Ryan

Ajarrista, Charles

Melphy, Cody

Griffith, Mani

Haapapuro, Ben

Graham, Tanner

Maka, Siale

Chee, Rhino

Ingram, Jackson

Denver Barbarians Sevens Development Side

Abuan, Kai

Schultz, Alexander

Lucas, Jon

Hernandez, Carmine

Clement, Matthew

Eberhard, Lance

Mendez, Angel

Martling, Devin

Oswald, Todd

Godinet, Johnny-Bill

Hilyard, Kyle

Kenson, Chris

Crispin, Estevan

Cotterman, Rex   

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
7. Oceanside
8. LA Rugby



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.


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