Club Anniversary Spotlight: Aurora Barbarians

July 09, 2020


Club Anniversary Spotlight: Aurora Barbarians 

July 9th, 2020 

(WHITBY, ON) - The Club Anniversary Spotlight Series is a initiative which will recognize all Rugby Ontario Member Clubs that are celebrating a major anniversary during 2020. First up is the Aurora Barbarians, who are celebrating their 70th Anniversary!


The Aurora Barbarians RFC (Barbs) are celebrating there 70th anniversary. The Club began as two separate rugby clubs: The Toronto Barbarians and the Aurora Rugby Club. The club officially became the Aurora Barbarians in 2002 when the two clubs successful merged.

The Aurora Barbarians philosophy is “A Club for All” and have focused on developing and leading Junior, Minor and Women’s programs to consistently rank among the largest membership clubs in Canada.

The Aurora Rugby Club was constituted in 1998, developing from the original Aurora Yorks which were formed in 1961 by John.T. P. Brown, a member of the Ontario Rugby Hall of Fame and a past president of the Ontario Rugby Union.

In 1949 rugby was resurrected in post-war Ontario by a group of British expatriates who banded together to form the Wanderers RFC. The following year, the group launched an intensive recruiting drive for players and drawing together a total of 80 would-be participants, set up three additional teams based in Toronto including the Barbarians

The club lead the development of junior rugby in the 70s and purchased a share of Fletcher’s Fields during this time. The club were at the forefront of the re-development of Fletcher’s Fields in the early 90’s, which lead to the construction of a stadium which brought International rugby matches to the GTA.

On the pitch, the club fielded a number of strong championship Senior Mens and youth teams in the 50’s 60’s,70’s and 80’s. After the merger in 2002, the Aurora Barbarians enjoyed a string of success at the Senior Mens level. The club captured five straight league championships, three McCormick Club Championships and made at total of seven McCormick Cup appearances from 2006-2013. 

The Senior Women were a similar dominant group with three OWL championships from 2012 to 2016. The club has also seen success from their U-18 Boys and Girls program having won a number of Provincial Championships

The Barbs have strong old Boys network of “Black Sheep” supporters. There were notable tours in the 60s and 70’s to USA and Caribbean destinations and tours in the 80’s to Vancouver, California and Chicago.  In the 90s and in the 2000’s to the club toured to Las Vegas and New York.


Rugby Ontario Cups

U17 Girls Club 7s Champions 2019

U17 Girls Club 15s Champions 2019

U17 Boys Club 7s Champions 2019

U18 Boys Club 7s Champions 2018

Ontario Women’s League 15’s Cup Champions 2016

Ontario Women’s League 15’s Cup Champions 2016

Ontario Women’s League 15’s Cup Champions 2015

Ontario Women’s League 7’s Cup Champions 2015

U-18 Girls Club 15s Champions 2015

U-18 Boys Club 15s Champions 2013

Ontario Women’s League 15’s Cup Champions 2012

McCormick Cup Champions 2010

McCormick Cup Champions 2009

McCormick Cup Champions 2007

Ontario Men’s Under-18 championship 2002

Rugby Ontario Leagues

Provincial Club Champions 2016 (Womens 1st XV)

Provincial Club Champions 2013 (Womens 1st XV)

Provincial Club Champions 2012 (Womens 1st XV)

Provincial Club Champions 2010 (Mens 1st XV)

Provincial Club Champions 2009 (Mens 1st XV)

Provincial Club Champions 2008 (Mens 1st XV)

Provincial Club Champions 2007 (Mens 1st XV)

Provincial Club Champions 2006 (Mens 1st XV)

Toronto Rugby Union

U-18 Boys 7's Club Champions 2018

U-18 Boys 7’s Club Champions 2015

U-18 Girls Club Champions 2015

U-16 Girls Sevens Champions 2014

U-18 Boys Club Champions 2013

U-18 Girls Club Champions 2011

U-18 Boys Club Champions 2005

Notetable Alumni

Oliver Atkinson

Natalie Bendavid

Tyson Beukeboom

Paul Ciulini

Marco Di Girolamo

Jacey Grusnick (Murphy)

Mackenzie Higgs

Lori Josephson

Jack McRogers

David Nielson

Nadia Popov

Andrew Quattrin

Future Club Goals

“The Barbs are committed to growing the game in York region with a talented executive board and current playing group. The club is thankful of our heritage and excited about the future growth of Rugby and our Barbs community.” – Steve Hall, President, Aurora Barbarians RFC.


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Dalton Finkbeiner

 Communications and Marketing Coordinator - Rugby Ontario

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