~ 1950 ~

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.
W.A.G.Craddock, G.V.Goodall & R.L.Pratt
G.V.Goodall, J.A.Harris & R.L.Pratt
Main ground:
Victoria Square, Westport
Cardinal and Blue


Sat 06 May 2:30 pm A Rundle Cup West Coast 19 - 19
Sat 13 May 2:30 pm H Tour match British Isles (Lions) 09 - 24
Mon 05 Jun 2:30 pm H Representative Match Nelson 09 - 03
Sat 24 Jun 2:30 pm H Rundle Cup West Coast 12 - 24
Sat 22 Jul 2:30 pm H Seddon Shield West Coast 03 - 06
Sat 30 Sep 2:30 pm A Representative Match Canterbury 20 - 09

Although this season was highlighted with a match against the touring British Isles side at Westport, a period of depression set in, only one match being won. The Seddon Shield, too, was host, West Coast with two penalty goals beating Buller, who scored a try.

Performances were:

v West Coast At Greymouth Drew 19 to 19
v British Isles At Westport Lost 9 to 24
v Nelson At Westport Won 9 to 3
v West Coast At Westport Lost 12 to 24
v West Coast At Westport Lost 3 to 6 {Seddon Shield}
v Canterbury At Christchurch Lost 9 to 20

The Buller XV in the first-ever match with British Isles was:
F. J. Neighbours (Waimangaroa United) ; R. P. Hawes (Westport White Star) ; Chas. Steele (Millerton Rangers) ; W. J. Spence (Westport Old Boys) ; L. W. Champion (Westport) ; Wm. Dickson (Ngakawau) ; George Smallholme (Millerton Rangers) ; W. J. Mumm jnr (Capt) (Ngakawau) ; G. W. Kearns (Westport O.B.)  ; Max J. Ryan (Westport White Star) ; J. G. Stuart (Westport White Star) ; W. M. Cunniffe (Millerton Rangers) ; A. T. Doncliff (Westport) ; Robt Dickson (Ngakawau) ; J. A. Moseley (Waim’roa United)

William Dickson (Ngakawau) and W. M. Cunniffe (Millerton Rangers) took part in the trial for New Zealand selection, at Wellington, William Dickson being a reserve for New Zealand in the lst Test against British Isles. Late in the year W. M. Cunniffe was a reserve for South Island, at Auckland.

The Union was without Mokihinui Club this year, but the Club was to resume association later.

The Honorary Secretary and Honorary Treasurer positions were separated on a vote at the Annual Meeting, the change finding Mr J. S. Connolly taking over the Secretaryship from Mr W. A. G. Craddock, who had held the joint offices for twenty-two years; Mr Craddock retained the office of Honorary Treasurer.

Mr W. Spence at this time made the presentation of his Cup.