~ 1975 ~

We hope you enjoy this look back as we look forward to many more years of recording the history of Buller Rugby Union.
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Founded 1894 – (affiliated NZRU 1894)
Rodney Dawe
Main ground:
Victoria Square, Westport
Cardinal and Blue


Thu 15 May 2:30 pm A Seddon Shield Marlborough 31 - 21
Mon 02 Jun 2:30 pm A Representative Nelson Bays 00 - 22
Sat 21 Jun 2:30 pm H Representative West Coast 16 - 00
Sat 05 Jul 2:30 pm H Representative NZ Juniors 09 - 30
Sun 27 Jul 2:30 pm H Representative North Otago 21 - 14
Wed 06 Aug 2:30 pm H Representative Wairarapa Bush 06 - 00
Sat 06 Sep 2:30 pm H Representative Canterbury XV 09 - 17
Thu 18 Sep 2:30 pm H Representative Whanganui 06 - 13


The improved form of the 1974 season continued into 1975 when a 50% win/loss ratio was achieved and for the first time since 1956 Buller showed a credit balance on the points scored as against points conceded.

The Representative team was based on the strong Ngakawau club side, with that club providing nine players for Buller who made a total of 59 appearances for Buller this season, as many as all other clubs put together.

One of the strongest aspects of this team was its defence. For the only time in Buller’s history, three opponents during the season were kept scoreless.

There were no international tourists this season but Graeme Mourie’s New Zealand Juniors visited Buller with a team which included many future All Blacks.

No Buller players were awarded higher honours but the team had good reason to rate 1975 as a very satisfactory season.

Matches played were:-

v Nelson-Bays at Motueka Won 22-0
v West Coast at Westport Won 16-0
v NZ Juniors at Westport Lost 9-30
v North Otago at Westport Won 21-13
v Wairarapa-Bush at Westport Won 6-0
v Marlborough* at Blenheim Lost 31-21 {Seddon Shield}
v Canterbury XV at Westport Lost 9-17
v Wanganui at Westport Lost 6-13

Scorers were:

v Nelson-Bays: Paddy Alexander (try), Alan Ireland (try), Rex Mumm (drop goal),Gerald Hart (try, penalty, 2 conversions)
v West Coast: Rex Mumm (try), Brian Morgan (try), Gerald Hart (2 penalties,conversion)
v NZ Juniors: Gerald Hart (3 penalties)
v North Otago: Neville Roberts (try), Brian Morgan (try), Allan Ireland (try), Gerald Hart (penalty, 3 conversions)
v Wairarapa-Bush: Gerald Hart (2 penalties)
v Marlborough: Tony Mundy (try), Charlie Neighbours (try).>, Calvin Cochrane (try), Gerald Hart (3 penalties)
v Canterbury XV: Gerald Hart (3 penalties)
v Wanganui: Gerald Hart (2 penalties)