|This Local Rivalry goes back to 2007 when the Glendale Stadium was Constructed|
On Saturday, 4/23/22, the Denver Barbarians will play against the American Raptors. The teams have played on and off since 2007, and each time they square up against each other, the rugby fans of Denver Colorado benefit.
Since 2007, the competitions have morphed and shaped year to year (see below). The product always seemed to be elite level clubs on the cusp of professionalism. With the PRO Rugby formation (and quick disintegration) in 2016, everything changed. The two teams have not played consistently since 2016 and Saturday's game looks to change that.
Elite Cup (2012)
Professionals vs. Amateur Club
What dynamics go into each differing set up?
Advantages/disadvantages of being professional?
Advantages/disadvantages of being amateur club?
Importance of playing local Darbies
Building the level of competitive rugby in Denver
Growing the Denver rugby fan base.
Iron Sharpens Iron
Players to Watch:
Saturday - 4/23
3:00pm - Denver Barbarians vs. American Raptors
5:00pm - Denver Barbarians vs. Denver Waterdogs
Infinity Park Turf
1055 S Cherry Street