~ 1990 ~ NPC

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)
Mr A.Ireland
Main ground:
Victoria Square, Westport
Cardinal and Blue


Sat 02 Jun 2:30 pm A Div3 - NPC West Coast 21 - 03
Sat 30 Jun 2:30 pm A Div3 - NPC Nelson Bays 45 - 10
Sat 28 Jul 2:30 pm A Seddon Shield Marlborough 31 - 24
Wed 01 Aug 2:30 pm H Div3 - NPC Thames Valley 12 - 37
Wed 08 Aug 2:30 pm H Div3 - NPC East Coast 13 - 04
Sat 25 Aug 2:30 pm H Div3 - NPC North Otago 22 - 13
Tue 28 Aug 2:30 pm A Div3 - NPC Horowhenua Kapiti 40 - 07
Sat 01 Sep 2:30 pm A Div3 - NPC South Canterbury 18 - 17
Wed 05 Sep 2:30 pm H Representative NZ Combined Services 03 - 27


The first season of the 1990’s saw Buller in sixth place in Division III but there were some promising signs for the future.

The play of Thomas Stuart and Glenn Elley was getting better and better, Chris Alexander was establishing himself as the new Buller half back and John Brazil and Wayne Patterson were providing a front row with both size and strength.

Buller gave Marlborough a shock in the Seddon Shield but were not quite able to wrest victory from Marlborough. However, the signs of a Buller revival were clearly becoming apparent.

Thomas Stuart played his 50th game for Buller against West Coast while David Baird passed a milestone which few players achieve, whatever their Union Baird passed 500 points for Buller, a record which will almost certainly stand for many years. His contribution to Buller Rugby in the 80’s was immeasurable whether for his outstanding goal kicking or his mercurial running and handling skills.

It is impossible to measure players of different eras against each other, but there can be little doubt that if Baird has not been the most valuable player in Buller’s recent history, then he must be very close to it.

Matches played were:

v West Coast at Greymouth Lost 3-21
v Nelson-Bays at Motueka Lost 10-45
v Marlborough at Blenheim Lost 24-31 {Seddon Shield}
v Thames Valley at Westport Lost 12-37
v East Coast at Westport Won 13-4
v North Otago at Westport Won 22-13
v Horowhenua at Levin Lost 7-40
v South Canterbury at Timaru Lost 17-18
v Combined Services at Westport Lost 3-27

Scorers were:

v West Coast: David Baird (penalty)
v Nelson-Bays: Mark Davidson (try), Thomas Stuart (try), David Baird (conversion)
v Marlborough: Thomas Stuart (2 tries), Barry Forsyth (try), David Baird (3 penalties, 2 conversions)
v Thames Valley: Thomas Stuart (2 tries), David Baird (2 conversions)
v East Coast: Graeme O’Dea (try), David Baird (2 penalties, drop goal)
v North Otago: Julian Slee (try), Liva Tinoi (try), David Baird (4 penalties,conversion)
v Horowhenua: Robert Cook (try), David Baird (penalty)
v South Canterbury: John Brazil (try), David Masterson (try), David Baird (try, penalty, conversion)
v Combined Services: David Baird (penalty)