About the Quins
Since 1970, the Denver Harlequins have enjoyed a strong following from past and present players in the Denver area. Being located in on the most competitive rugby communities in the United States, the Quin family is fortunate to be involved in Division II and III Men’s, Youth and High School, and Wheelchair (see Murderball) rugby, as well as unique tournaments and matches.
The goal of the Quins is to be the best embodiment of rugby in Colorado. We welcome players of all skills to come play and support. We also strive to be the best club in the state in our division , but do not want to lose our rugby roots in the process. We work hard on the pitch and we play hard off the pitch. The Quins believe that even exceptional players can have a home with us and grow and compete at the highest levels.
We also take responsibility for our community by giving back whenever possible by way of charitable donations and volunteering.
For your chance to be apart of the mile high tradition and Harlequin family contact us now to get in the game!
Some frequently asked questions and answers are below:
Q: I am curious to know, what is “A side”? Is it a different team than the one I see at practice?
The difference between the “A side,” “B side,” and the “Developmental side” (AKA “Jesters”) is like the difference between “Varsity” and “Junior Varsity” in High school. The “A-side” match is the side which officially competes in ERRFU Division II league matches and is made up of the 15 starters and 7 substitutes. The “B side” match is the side which officially competes in ERRFU Division III league matches. The “Developmental side” typically plays after the ERRFU league matches and is made up of anyone that did not play in the ERRFU league matches.
All the sides are Harlequins and players can play on both the A, B and C sides. Many of our Division II starters started their Harlequin career as a B or C side player and then moved up after a few years. The developmental side is intended to make sure everyone gets the chance to play in a real match setting so they can improve their skills. Even for non-league matches the Harlequins always strive to give our developmental players a full match, even if it means playing our A-side or Old Boys.
Q: What/who are the Old Boys?
Old Boys are guys over 35 that still play rugby. Most (but not all) of the Harlequin Old Boys used to play for the Harlequins. The Old Boys get together every few months for a match against the Old Boys from another club. They also travel to several tournaments every year. The Harlequin organization tries to schedule at least 3-4 dates a year where the Harlequin active sides (A and B) and the Old Boys side play on the same day. The Old Boys are also some of our clubs biggest supporters, both financially and emotionally.
Q: How do the Harlequins fit into USA Rugby?
We play in Division II (DII) and Division III (DIII) in the Eastern Rockies Rugby Football Union (ERRFU) league. There are also DI and Elite Cup. DI, DII, DIII divisions are comparable to the NCAA football breakdown. The Elite Cup is kind of like semi-pro, but not so much pro. USA Rugby pulls players from all these different levels to make up the Eagles (US national team).
ERRFU is part of the Western Rugby Football Union (WRFU). WRFU is made up of 7 smaller unions; ERRFU, Great Plains RFU, Heart of America RFU, Missouri RFU, Ozark RFU, Rio Grande RFU, and Texas RFU. For DII and DIII, WRFU breaks itself up into 4 regions; Central (GPRFU, HOARFU, and MORFU), Eastern Rockies (ERRFU), Rio Grande (RGRFU), and Texas (TRFU). DI and Elite Cup are broken up differently.
WRFU is part of USA Rugby. USA rugby is comprised of 8 territorial Unions (Independent, Mid Atlantic, Midwest, Northeast, Pacific Coast , Southern California , South, and West).
Playoffs go as follows:
The winners of the individual leagues (like ERRFU) go on to the Regional (like WRFU) championships. The top two teams out of each Region go on to the USA Rugby Championships (Sweet Sixteen, Elite Eight, Final Four, and the Championships). For us (the Quins), the winner of the ERRFU league moves on to the WRFU Championships. We have to win our league, then win WRFU Championships, to make it into the USA Rugby Championships. We have 8 total league matches, 5 last Fall and 3 this Spring. A combination of record, points for/against, head to head, and bonus points will be used to determine the league winner.
Our DII league is made up of: Denver Harlequins , Northern Colorado Flamingos (Ft. Collins ), Colorado Springs Grizzlies, Glendale Raptors , and Park City Haggis. We play each team twice during the league season.
In addition to our 8 league matches we also play several non-league (friendly, exhibition, tournament, etc.) matches against various collegiate and men’s clubs.