~ 1953 ~

We hope you enjoy this look back as we look forward to many more years of recording the history of Buller Rugby Union.
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Founded 1894 – (affiliated NZRU 1894)
W.A.G.Craddock Esq.
R.L.Pratt, C.A.McHerron & J.Fox
Main ground:
Victoria Square, Westport
Cardinal and Blue


Sat 30 May 2:30 pm H Representative Match Canterbury 08 - 46
Sat 13 Jun 2:30 pm H Rundle Cup West Coast 09 - 14
Sat 27 Jun 2:30 pm A Rundle Cup West Coast 29 - 06
Sat 05 Sep 2:30 pm A Seddon Shield West Coast 00 - 08
Sat 26 Sep 2:30 pm A Ranfurly Shield Canterbury 19 - 03


Again Buller’s successes were limited to one win, and again the losses totalled four.

Oddly enough, the victory was in the challenge for the Seddon Shield with West Coast, the latter and Canterbury being the only opponents during the year; the second meeting with Canterbury involved the Ranfurly Shield.

Fixtures were:

v Canterbury At Westport Lost 8 to 46
v West Coast At Westport Lost 9 to 14
v West Coast At Hokitika Lost 6 to 9
v West Coast At Greymouth Won 8 to 0 {Seddon Shield}
v Canterbury At Christchurch Lost 3 to 19 {Ranfurly Shield}

Late in the season the Fourth All Blacks left on tour of the British Isles, France, British Columbia and California. Selection was made after several group trials, one held at Nelson finding five Buller players in George Anderson (Millerton Rangers), J.E.Cockfield (Waimangaroa United), W. M. Cunniffe (Millerton Rangers), G. R.Dixon (Granity Rover) and J. H. Hunt (Karamea) on the field. George Anderson, J.E.Cockfield and J. H. Hunt went on to appear at Christchurch also, but without any luck.

Another Life Membership was granted at the Annual Meeting, the retiring President Mr J.P.McEnaney, being the recipient.