~ 1961 ~

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.A.Harris Esq.
W.J.Mumm jnr, J.Hill & N.Lamont
Main ground:
Victoria Square, Westport
Cardinal and Blue


Sat 03 Jun 2:30 pm H Representative Match Canterbury 06 - 31
Sat 17 Jun 2:30 pm A Rundle Cup West Coast 16 - 08
Sat 15 Jul 2:30 pm H Rundle Cup West Coast 05 - 08
Sat 29 Jul 2:30 pm A Seddon Shield Golden Bay-Motueka 00 - 03
Sat 12 Aug 2:30 pm H Seddon Shield Nelson 06 - 05
Sat 26 Aug 2:30 pm H Seddon Shield Marlborough 09 - 10
Sat 02 Sep 2:30 pm H Representative Match Wellington XV 08 - 21
Sat 16 Sep 2:30 pm H Representative Match South Canterbury 00 - 24


Another one of “those” seasons, with the winning, holding, and losing of the Seddon Shield in three consecutive fixtures.

The list of matches was:

v. Canterbury At Westport Lost 6 to 31
v. West Coast At Hokitika Lost 8 to 16
v. West Coast At Westport Lost 5 to 8
v. Golden Bay-Motueka At Motueka Won 3 to 0 {Seddon Shield}
v. Nelson At Westport Won 6 to 5 {Seddon Shield}
v. Marlborough At Westport Lost 9 to 10 {Seddon Shield}
v. Wellington XV At Westport Lost 8 to 21
v. South Canterbury At Westport Lost 0 to 24

France visited New Zealand for the first time, the itinerary not including Buller.

Three Test matches were played, W.F.Duncan (Westport White Star) being the only representative from the Union to be called to a trial for All Black honours; he was a replacement in Christchurch, in the South Island try-out, at half-time.