~ 1947 ~

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.
R.Hansby, R.L.Pratt & H.Taylor
H.A.P.Casey, R.L.Pratt & S.C.Stewart
Main ground:
Victoria Square, Westport
Cardinal and Blue


Sat 31 May 2:30 pm H Representative Match Canterbury 13 - 22
Mon 02 Jun 2:30 pm A Representative Match Nelson 22 - 17
Sat 14 Jun 2:30 pm A Rundle Cup West Coast 08 - 16
Sat 28 Jun 2:30 pm H Rundle Cup West Coast 12 - 15
Sat 02 Aug 2:30 pm A Seddon Shield West Coast 03 - 06
Sat 09 Aug 2:30 pm H Representative Match Ashburton County 10 - 03
Sat 16 Aug 2:30 pm H Seddon Shield Golden Bay-Motueka 26 - 06
Sat 30 Aug 2:30 pm H Seddon Shield Nelson 08 - 06
Sat 13 Sep 2:30 pm A Representative Match Canterbury 06 - 07

Buller won six of its nine fixtures, one of which was the successful tilt with West Coast for the Seddon Shield, and two others winning defences; West Coast had earlier taken the Shield from Marlborough.

Results were:

v Canterbury At Westport Lost 13 to 22
v Nelson At Nelson Lost 17 to 22
v West Coast At Hokitika Won 16 to 8
v West Coast At Westport Lost 12 to 15
v West Coast At Greymouth Won 6 to 3 {Seddon Shield}
v Ashburton County At Westport Won 10 to 3
v Golden Bay-Motueka At Westport Won 26 to 6 {Seddon Shield}
v Nelson At Westport Won 8 to 0 {Seddon Shield}
v Canterbury At Christchurch Won 7 to 6

Early in the year trials were held by the New Zealand Selectors to aid in their selection of the All Black team to go to Australia, R. P. Hawes (Westport White Star) and W. J. Mumm, jnr (Ngakawau), both getting a run at Christchurch and at Wellington.

This season’s Inter-Island match was played at Invercargill for the second time on record, and for third year in succession W. J. Mumm, jnr was one of the South Island props; the South Island reserve back was A. C. C. Luff (Ngakawau). Again a Seddon Shield Districts trial was held for the South Island Selectors’ benefit, Buller men in the West Coast-Buller XV being in addition to A. C. C. Luff and W J. Mumm, jnr John Blair (Ngakawau), William Dickson (Ngakawau), R. P. Hawes (Westport White Star), C. A. McHerron (Westport Old Boys), John Nicholson (Ngakawau), Oliver Smallholme (Granity Rover) and J. G. Stuart (Westport White Star); John Blair and J. G. Stuart were replacements during the trial.