~ 1970 ~

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 09 May 2:30 pm H Representative Match Poverty Bay 08 - 11
Mon 01 Jun 2:30 pm H Representative Match Nelson Bays 06 - 13
Tue 23 Jun 2:30 pm H Representative Match Canterbury XV 03 - 11
Sat 04 Jul 2:30 pm H Rundle Cup West Coast 11 - 03
Sat 08 Aug 2:30 pm A Seddon Shield Nelson Bays 22 - 06
Tue 11 Aug 2:30 pm H Representative Match Mid Canterbury 08 - 11
Sat 22 Aug 2:30 pm A Rundle Cup West Coast 21 - 09
Tue 08 Sep 2:30 pm A Ranfurly Shield Canterbury 14 - 05
Sat 19 Sep 2:30 pm H Representative Match Canterbury XV 09 - 06


A new season saw Buller double its total of wins for the season from one to two with the victories being achieved against West Coast and the “Canterbury XV”.

The highlight of the season was the determined Buller assault on the Ranfurly Shield against Canterbury. Buller led for much of the game and it was only a disputed try which allowed the Canterbury team to edge into the lead and eventually hold on to the Shield by 14-5.

The beginning of the decade also saw the first Buller appearances of a number of players who were to be major influences in the Buller Rugby scene in the future. Brian Morgan, a future Buller captain and All Black trialist, made his debut as did John Dickson in the backs, while Tom Aldridge, still playing Senior Club Rugby twenty three years later was a new representative in the pack.

Orlando Nahr, seemingly indestructible, Don Stevenson who was a reserve at the All Black trials but did not get a run, Robert Murray and Wayne Moultrie were the only players of the thirty to represent Buller during the season, to play in all Buller’s nine games.

Matches played:

v Poverty Bay at Westport Lost 8-11
v Nelson-Bays at Westport Lost 6-13
v Canterbury XV at Westport Lost 3-11
v West Coast at Westport Won 11-3
v Nelson-Bays at Nelson Lost 22-6 {Seddon Shield}
v Mid-Canterbury at Westport Lost 3-11
v West Coast at Hokitika Lost 9-21
v Canterbury at Christchurch Lost 5-14 {Ranfurly Shield}
v Canterbury XV at Westport Won 9-6

Scorers were:

v Poverty Bay: Bernard Stewart (try), Gerald Hart (penalty, conversion)
v Nelson Bays: Bernard Stewart (2 penalties)
v Canterbury XV: Gerald Hart (penalty)
v West Coast: Bernard Stewart (try), Don Stevenson (try), Gerald Hart (penalty,conversion)
v Mid-Canterbury: Alec Fussell (try),Harold Pablecheque (penalty, conversion)
v West Coast: John Dickson (try), Harold Pablecheque (2 drop goals)
v Canterbury: Brian Stack (try), Gerald Hart (conversion)
v Canterbury XV: Gerald Hart (2 penalties), Harold Pablecheque (drop goal)