~ 1946 ~

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 01 Jun 2:30 pm H Representative Match Canterbury 06 - 29
Mon 03 Jun 2:30 pm H Representative Match Nelson 11 - 06
Sat 22 Jun 2:30 pm H Rundle Cup West Coast 16 - 11
Sat 29 Jun 2:30 pm A Rundle Cup West Coast 06 - 14
Sat 10 Aug 2:30 pm A Seddon Shield Marlborough 05 - 00
Sat 14 Sep 2:30 pm A Representative Match Canterbury 20 - 19
Sat 21 Sep 2:30 pm H Representative Match South Canterbury 16 - 05

This was a notable year for the Union, with a visit from the Australian touring side to Westport to meet a XV representing Seddon Shield districts, and Golden Jubilee celebrations.

Buller had five players in the combined team against the Australians, George Anderson (Millerton Rangers), S. Anderson (Millerton Rangers), T. Coyne (Westport White Star), R. P. Hawes (Westport White Star) and W. J. Mumm jnr (Ngakawau), taking the field; the home XV lost the match (12-15), but had the satisfaction of gaining three tries to one.

Prior to the selection of the Seddon Shield Districts side, a match was played at Nelson between teams featuring West Coast-Buller and Nelson, Marlborough and Golden Bay-Motueka players, Buller in addition to the five who subsequently were chosen having John Blair (Ngakawau), R. J.Finlayson (Westport), J. Fox (Westport), G. W. Kearns (Westport Old Boys — as a replacement during the match), J. A. Moseley (Waimangaroa United), A. S. Neighbours (Waimangaroa United) and F. J. Neighbours (Waimangaroa United) on view.

The season’s Inter-Island match was played at Wellington, W. J. Mumm, jnr making his second appearance for South Island; George Anderson was selected as a reserve.

The Golden Jubilee celebrations took place in September, South Canterbury sending a team for the occasion.

Owing to the Second World War the celebrations had been put forward from 1944.

Including a Seddon Shield challenge, the seven matches which constituted the representative programme were:

v Canterbury At Westport Lost 6 to 29
v Nelson At Westport Won 11 to 6
v West Coast At Westport Won 16 to 11
v West Coast At Greymouth Won 14 to 6
v Marlborough* At Blenheim Lost 0 to 5 {Seddon Shield}
v Canterbury At Christchurch Lost 19 to 20
v South Canterbury At Westport Won 16 to 5