~ 1969 ~

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)
Gerry Adams
Ian Mercer
Main ground:
Victoria Square, Westport
Cardinal and Blue


Sat 17 May 2:30 pm A Rundle Cup West Coast 16 - 06
Mon 02 Jun 2:30 pm A Representative Match Nelson Bays 16 - 06
Tue 10 Jun 2:30 pm H Representative Match Horowhenua 12 - 12
Sat 19 Jul 2:30 pm H Rundle Cup West Coast 11 - 13
Tue 12 Aug 2:30 pm H Tour match Tonga 08 - 40
Sat 23 Aug 2:30 pm A Seddon Shield Marlborough 06 - 08
Sat 30 Aug 2:30 pm H Representative Match Canterbury 06 - 27
Sat 06 Sep 2:30 pm H Seddon Shield Nelson Bays 06 - 09


The 1969 season saw Buller playing 8 matches for only one win. However, the game which was won was one of the most important matches of the season, that against Marlborough for the Seddon Shield.

Sadly, the Shield tenure was brief. It was lost a fortnight later, in the first defence, to the newly amalgamated Nelson-Bays Union.

Buller also hosted the Tongan National team but the visitors proved too strong for the local selection and emerged victorious by 40 points to 8 Veteran lock Orlando Nahr edged closer to his 100th game and at the end of the season was on 98, while Brian Roche, the White Star hooker, brought up his 50th game for Buller in the Seddon Shield defence against Nelson Bays.

Although no Buller players were selected for higher honours, a number of the team played for the combined Buller-West Coast team which played Canterbury.

These were Barry Renwick, Alan Moseley, Bernard Stewart, Orlando Nahr, Robin Hughes, Alex Fussell, Don Stevenson and Terry O’Brien (who, despite this honour,did not play for Buller during the season).

Games played were:

v West Coast at Greymouth Lost 6-16
v Nelson-Bays at Nelson Lost 6-16
v Horowhenua at Westport Drew 12-12
v West Coast at Westport Lost 11-13
v Tonga at Westport Lost 8-40
v Marlborough at Blenheim Won 8-6 {Seddon Shield}
v Canterbury at Westport Lost 6-27
v Nelson-Bays at Westport Lost 6-9 {Seddon Shield}

Scorers were:

v West Coast: Wayne Collins (try), Gerald Hart (penalty)
v Nelson Bays: Bernard Stewart (drop goal), Gerald Hart (penalty)
v Horowhenua: Wayne Collins (try), Brian Stack (try), Gerald Hart (2 penalties)
v West Coast: Bernard Stewart (try), Graeme Wood (try), Gerald Hart (penalty),(conversion)
v Tonga: Jim Halsall (try), Gerald Hart (drop goal, conversion)
v Marlborough: Barry Renwick (try), Gerald Hart (penalty, conversion)
v Canterbury: Bernard Stewart (try), Gerald Hart (penalty)
v Nelson Bays: Barry Renwick (try), Graeme Wood (try)