~ 1944 ~

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.K.Clark, G.V.Goodall & T.M.Scanlon
H.A.P.Casey, W.A.G.Craddock & G.V.Goodall
Main ground:
Victoria Square, Westport
Cardinal and Blue


Sat 17 Jun 2:30 pm H Rundle Cup West Coast 08 - 05
Sat 29 Jul 2:30 pm A Rundle Cup West Coast 11 - 06
Sat 12 Aug 2:30 pm H Seddon Shield Marlborough 28 - 13
Sat 26 Aug 2:30 pm H Seddon Shield Nelson 25 - 03
Sat 09 Sep 2:30 pm H Seddon Shield West Coast 00 - 00
Sat 16 Sep 2:30 pm A Representative Match Marlborough 03 - 03
Sat 07 Oct 2:30 pm A Representative Match West Coast 14 - 11

Matches this season were with other Seddon Shield Districts Unions only — Marlborough, Nelson and West Coast, an unusual feature being that West Coast was played four times.

Each of the opponents challenged for the Seddon Shield, the year’s seven fixtures resulting:

v. West Coast At Westport Won 8 to 5
v. West Coast At Greymouth Lost 6 to 11
v. Marlborough At Westport Won 28 to 13 {Seddon Shield}
v. Nelson At Westport Won 25 to 3 {Seddon Shield}
v. West Coast At Westport Drew 0 to 0 {Seddon Shield}
v. Marlborough At Blenheim Drew 3 to 3
v. West Coast At Greymouth Lost 11 to 14

After being in abeyance since 1939, the Inter-Island match had been resumed in 1943, and this season Buller was once more represented in the South Island XV, Oliver Smallholme (Ngakawau) filling the centre-threequarter position against North Island, at Christchurch.