~ 1964 ~

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)
S.J.Daily Esq.
Robert Dickson
Main ground:
Victoria Square, Westport
Cardinal and Blue


Sat 16 May 2:30 pm H Rundle Cup West Coast 05 - 09
Sat 30 May 2:30 pm H Representative Match Canterbury 05 - 32
Sat 11 Jul 2:30 pm A Rundle Cup West Coast 17 - 15
Wed 22 Jul 2:30 pm A Ranfurly Shield Taranaki 11 - 00
Sat 25 Jul 2:30 pm H Representative Match Bush RU 23 - 14
Sat 01 Aug 2:30 pm A Representative Match Marlborough 11 - 08
Sat 29 Aug 2:30 pm A Seddon Shield West Coast 03 - 14
Sat 05 Sep 2:30 pm H Seddon Shield Marlborough 06 - 09
Sat 26 Sep 2:30 pm A Representative Match Canterbury XV 36 - 13


Buller experienced an interesting season, even if in the final accounting wins were few.

The team earned many plaudits by its endeavor, particularly by the manner in which the players faced the Ranfurly Shield challenge against the strong Taranaki XV, at New Plymouth.

The challenge instituted the only time Buller has appeared at New Plymouth and was also the first match ever played with the “Followers of Ferdinand” it would 21 years before they would met once again, in 1985 in a NPC Div 2 match at Westport.

The Seddon Shield was taken from West Coast, but lost a week later when Buller’s two tries were not sufficient to overcome Marlborough’s dropped goal and two penalty goals.

The nine fixtures played were:

v. West Coast At Westport Lost 5 to 9
v. Canterbury At Westport Lost 5 to 32
v. West Coast At Greymouth Lost 15 to 17
v. Taranaki At New Plymouth Lost 0 to 11 {Ranfurly Shield}
v. Bush At Westport Won 23 to 14
v. Marlborough At Blenheim Lost 8 to 11
v. West Coast At Greymouth Won 14 to 3 {Seddon Shield}
v. Marlborough At Westport Lost 6 to 9 {Seddon Shield}
v. Canterbury XV At Christchurch Lost 13 to 36

A well-earned Life Membership was conferred upon Mr.J.A.Harris by the Annual Meeting.

Four Clubs only competed for the senior shield.