~ 1980 ~ NPC

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
Barry Townrow
Mr Brian Stack
Main ground:
Victoria Square, Westport
Cardinal and Blue


Mon 07 Apr 2:30 pm H Representative Victoria (Aus) 06 - 29
Mon 02 Jun 2:30 pm H Div2 Sth-NPC Nelson Bays 00 - 16
Sat 21 Jun 2:30 pm A Div2 Sth-NPC North Otago 07 - 17
Wed 09 Jul 2:30 pm H Div2 Sth-NPC Mid Canterbury 09 - 16
Sat 19 Jul 2:30 pm A Seddon Shield Marlborough 16 - 12
Sat 09 Aug 2:30 pm A Div2 Sth-NPC West Coast 32 - 09
Sat 23 Aug 2:30 pm H Representative Canterbury B 00 - 21
Thu 04 Sep 2:30 pm H Div2 Sth-NPC Marlborough 00 - 15
Sat 13 Sep 2:30 pm H Representative NZ Combined Services 00 - 35


Buller began the decade of the 1980’s disappointingly in what was in many ways the most unsatisfying season of the last twenty five.

The promise of the previous year seemed to dissipate and all nine matches were lost.

Even worse was the fact that in the nine matches, Buller could muster only two tries, could reach double figures only once and in four matches failed to score at all.

To add insult to injury, the 32-9 defeat by West Coast was the second largest in Buller’s history, being exceeded only by the 35-8 loss in 1933.

Given the lack of form, it was, perhaps, not surprising that selector Brian Stack used 32 players in an attempt to find the correct combination with four players only representing Buller in all nine games (Charlie Neighbours, Piet Groot, Des Taylor and Neville Gear).

Some hope for the future could be seen in the fact that ten of the 32 players used were in their first season for Buller and that the strongest performance of the season came in the game in which Buller traditionally gives its all, the Seddon Shield challenge, which in this case was lost by the narrow margin of 16-12, when, on form, a much heavier defeat might have been expected.

Matches played were:

v Victoria at Westport Lost 6-20
v Nelson-Bays at Westport Lost 0-16
v North Otago at Oamaru Lost 7-17
v Mid-Canterbury at Westport Lost 9-16
v Marlborough at Blenheim Lost 12-16 {Seddon Shield}
v West Coast at Hokitika Lost 9-32
v Canterbury XV at Westport Lost 0-21
v Marlborough at Westport Lost 0-15
v NZ Combined Services at Westport Lost 0-35

Scorers were

v Victoria: Rex Mumm (2 penalties)
v Nelson-Bays: No scorers
v North Otago: Robert Neame (try), Paul Bonisch (penalty)
v Mid-Canterbury: Charlie Neighbours (try), Paul Bonisch (penalty, conversion)
v Marlborough: Paul Bonisch (4 penalties)
v West Coast: Rex Mumm (3 penalties)
v Canterbury XV: No scorers
v Marlborough: No scorers
v Combined Services: No scorers