~ 1940 ~

We hope you enjoy this look back as we look forward to many more years of recording the history of Buller Rugby Union.
We acknowledge all the information from the NZ “Rugby Almanack” Series since 1934 and appreciate their hard and dedicated work in providing this detailed history. – Web Admin

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Founded 1894 – (affiliated NZRU 1894)
J.P.McEnaney Esq.
J.Mason, C.M.Robertson & T.M.Scanlon
G.V.Goodall, P.Ryan & J.Stewart
Main ground:
Victoria Square, Westport
Cardinal and Blue


Sat 06 Jul 2:30 pm H Rundle Cup West Coast 06 - 18
Sat 03 Aug 2:30 pm H Seddon Shield Marlborough 22 - 13
Wed 07 Aug 2:30 pm H Representative Placeholder Wigram Air Force 08 - 06
Sat 17 Aug 2:30 pm H Seddon Shield Golden Bay-Motueka 03 - 22
Sat 24 Aug 2:30 pm A Rundle Cup West Coast 12 - 08

Although the War naturally took many of the players that normally would have been available into the Services, in response to the Authorities request for sport to continue the Union, having a large number of men on reserved occupations, was able to contest four games. Two were for the Seddon Shield, the trophy being lost to Golden Bay-Motueka after there had been an earlier defeat of Marlborough.

The four matches played were:

v. West Coast At Westport Lost 6 to 18
v. West Coast At Greymouth Lost 8 to 12
v. Marlborough At Westport Won 22 to 13 {Seddon Shield}
v. Golden Bay-Motueka At Westport Lost 3 to 22 {Seddon Shield}

The Club competitions continued as usual, Denniston Pirate, Granity Rover, Waimangaroa United, Westport, Westport Old Boys, Westport White Star and Ngakawau Clubs fielding teams. Granity Rover Club, however, due to the loss of members, had to withdraw before the season ended, its remaining players being allocated to Waimangaroa United and Westport Clubs.

J. C. Alexander (26th Rifle Battalion) and F. J. Neighbours (23rd Rifle Battalion) played for The Army (Southern-Burnham), and J. C. Alexander and A. J. R. Dunn also represented The Army in the Combined Services side against Canterbury. J. C.Alexander was available for one match for Buller whilst on leave. F. J. Neighbours also represented the 2nd N.Z.E.F. (2nd Echelon) at Cape Town and in England whilst overseas. G. M. Wyeth played for New Zealand Combined Services against New Zealand University, at Auckland, in 1940.