BRANDON BARBARIAN HISTORY
The "Barbs" were founded in 1981 by Guy McKim, Doug Filipchuk and the late John Reilly. The club struggled in its initial stages until the late John Keogh arrived at practice with some high school students in tow and ready to coach. For these lads, rugby was a natural extension to their football training. Soon more high school-aged players (and frustrated soccer players!) joined the team looking for something different that would extend beyond their early adult years. It was inevitable that the "Barbs" would become one of the most endearing and enduring clubs in the Manitoba Rugby Football Union.
Over the years, the "Barbs" have won the Men's 2nd Division Championships, most recently in 2003. 2004, 2005 (Manitoba Cup) , 2006 and 2010. The Men's firsts have been RM runner ups for 5 years running in 2009,2010,2011,2012, and 2013. The Lady Barbarians brought home the Provincial Sr Women trophy in 2011, 2014 and 2015. The Club has travelled overseas to England and Wales and to the US for tournaments in the 80's and '90's. Many "Barbs" who got their start in the Wheat City have represented Manitoba and Canada at National and International competitions. We have hosted National Tournaments, including the 1996 Canadian U-19 Championships and the 1997 Canada Games Tournament. The club hosted Prarie Regional Championships (now known as Man-Sask Regionals) in 2013, and plan to do so again in 2017. They hosted the 2013 Manitoba Rugby Union's league Finals, which was the first time it was ever hosted outside of Winnipeg.
The Barbs, who celebrate their 35th anniversary in 2016, are proud of their heritage and are again looking forward to this season.
There are now three Barbarians teams. Senior Men play out of Brandon, Coach, Aaron Dubois in charge and there’s the Senior Women Barbarians headed by Ewan Common and Rob Smith (Smitty) People travel from all around to participate in Barbs rugby- Souris, Hamiota, and Minnedosa , a real Manitoba rugby hotbed.