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 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, both on and off the field. The Barbos supplied many players to all levels of select side play including the Eagles, the United States' National 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 and fields teams in three different leagues of play. The Super League Team competes against 15 other club teams from all over the United States. 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. They also field a very competitive team in Division II of the National Club Competition. The Barbos' “Olde Boys” team competes in the local recreational division.
The club supports youth rugby by providing clinics and coaches to high school and middle school teams. They are also involved in community service activities promoting several charitable events throughout the year.
The SuperLeague's primary sponsor is Michelob Amber Bock and as such, each individual team receives a portion of those revenues. In addition to Amber Bock, the Barbarians have individual sponsorships. Notable primary sponsors include Bushmills Irish Whiskey. The club also has several secondary sponsorships from local and regional businesses.