~ 1945 ~

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 02 Jun 2:30 pm H Representative Match Canterbury 20 - 08
Mon 04 Jun 2:30 pm A Representative Match Nelson 10 - 06
Sat 30 Jun 2:30 pm A Rundle Cup West Coast 09 - 13
Sat 07 Jul 2:30 pm A Representative Match Canterbury 14 - 16
Sat 14 Jul 2:30 pm H Rundle Cup West Coast 08 - 09
Sat 28 Jul 2:30 pm H Seddon Shield Marlborough 00 - 06
Sat 25 Aug 2:30 pm H Rundle Cup West Coast 14 - 08

This season marked the end of the War and New Zealand Rugby soon returned to normal activities.

Buller won four of its seven matches, which included two meritorious wins against Canterbury, but on the debt side was the loss of the Seddon Shield, held since 1941, to Marlborough.

These were the games:

v. Canterbury At Westport Won 20 to 8
v. Nelson At Nelson Lost 6 to 10
v. West Coast At Greymouth Won 13 to 9
v. Canterbury At Christchurch Won 16 to 14
v. West Coast At Westport Lost 8 to 9
v. Marlborough At Westport Lost 0 to 6 {Seddon Shield}
v. West Coast At Westport Won 14 to 8

W.J. Mumm, jnr. (Ngakawau) was a prop for South Island. against North Island. at Auckland; he was to play in the Inter-Island match four times. J. C. Alexander (Westport White Star) was unfortunately unable to play for South Island, owing to injury, after being selected for the second five-eighth position. Later W.J.Mumm, jnr., received a further honour, he playing for A New Zealand XV against New Zealand Combined Services at Wellington.

Prior to the selection of the South Island XV West Coast-Buller combined to play against Nelson, Marlborough and Golden Bay-Motueka for the Selectors’ benefit; George Anderson (Millerton Rangers), J. Fox (Westport White Star),T. M. Hansby (Westport White Star), W. Mullan (Ngakawau), D. S. Neighbours (Waimangaroa United), G. A. Orman (Millerton Rangers) and Oliver Smallholme (Millerton Rangers), as well as J. C. Alexander and W. J. Mumm,jnr., took part in the trial.

The resumption period found the Clubs well organised. the following being represented at the Annual Meeting: Denniston Pirate. Granity Rover, Millerton Rangers, Mokihinui, Ngakawau, Westport, Westport Old Boys. Westport White Star and Waimangaroa United Clubs, With Delegates from Westport Technical High School, Schools Association and Buller Referees’ Association also present.

It was this season that Buller’s Honorary Secretary-Treasurer, Mr.W.A.G.Craddock, was elected to the Council of the New Zealand Rugby Football Union, to commence an unbroken term of twenty-three years. Mr Craddock’s valuable service as an Administrator, and his great work for Rugby in general and Buller in particular, is something which cannot be adequately described.