~ 1957 ~

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)
F.W.McHerron Esq.
Oliver Smallholme & Robert Dickson
Main ground:
Victoria Square, Westport
Cardinal and Blue


Sat 13 Apr 2:30 pm A Rundle Cup West Coast 12 - 16
Sat 01 Jun 2:30 pm H Representative Match Canterbury 15 - 20
Sat 06 Jul 2:30 pm H Rundle Cup West Coast 08 - 19
Sun 28 Jul 2:30 pm A Representative Match Bush RU 06 - 06
Wed 31 Jul 2:30 pm A Representative Match Wairarapa 12 - 21
Sat 03 Aug 2:30 pm A Representative Match King Country 16 - 03
Wed 07 Aug 2:30 pm A Representative Match Auckland 26 - 14
Sat 07 Sep 2:30 pm A Representative Match Canterbury 22 - 03
Sat 14 Sep 2:30 pm A Seddon Shield West Coast 11 - 22


Whilst the season was not after all so bad, little of note was achieved until the final match, when Buller regained possession of the Seddon Shield from West Coast. The Coast had taken the Shield from Golden Bay-Motueka following Buller’s loss to the XV from the Tobacco-Hops-Apple-growing area the previous year, and Buller’s success was a reward for a very busy period. Before winning the Seddon Shield Buller had toured in the North Island, playing in the King Country for the first and only time on record, in the Bush and Wairarapa areas also for the first and only time, and at Auckland after a lapse of fifty years.

The matches played by the Union were:

v. West Coast At Hokitika Won 16 to 12
v. Canterbury At Westport Lost 15 to 20
v. West Coast At Westport Lost 8 to 19
v. Bush At Pahiatua Drew 6 to 6
v. Wairarapa At Masterton Won 21 to 12
v. King Country At Taumarunui Lost 3 to 16
v. Auckland At Auckland Lost 14 to 26
v. Canterbury At Christchurch Lost 3 to 22
v. West Coast At Greymouth Won 22 to 11 {Seddon Shield}

Stalwarts in George Anderson (Millerton Rangers) and John B. Shaw (Westport Old Boys) kept Buller’s name to the fore by playing in the South Island trial at Christchurch, and also in one of the New Zealand trials at Wellington; at Christchurch P.L.Dent (Westport Old Boys) was a reserve. The trials were to aid in the selection of the New Zealand side for Australia. J. B. Shaw, too, added a second South Island honour to his record when he appeared in the Inter-Island match at Auckland in August.

Still another honour to be received by Buller was the appointment of Mr W.A.G.Craddock as Manager of the New Zealand side to tour to Australia. The New Zealanders won all their matches overseas.