~ 1994 ~ 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 04 Jun 2:30 pm H Rundle Cup West Coast 20 - 13
Sat 18 Jun 2:30 pm H Div3 - NPC Marlborough 20 - 27
Sun 10 Jul 2:30 pm A Seddon Shield Nelson Bays 75 - 08
Sat 13 Aug 2:30 pm A Div3 - NPC Poverty Bay 48 - 30
Sat 20 Aug 2:30 pm H Div3 - NPC Mid Canterbury 08 - 30
Sat 27 Aug 2:30 pm H Div3 - NPC North Otago 30 - 20
Sat 03 Sep 2:30 pm A Div3 - NPC West Coast 08 - 21
Sat 10 Sep 2:30 pm A Div3 - NPC Whanganui 81 - 12
Sat 17 Sep 2:30 pm H Div3 - NPC East Coast 26 - 13
Sat 24 Sep 2:30 pm A Div3 - NPC Thames Valley 46 - 03

THE 1994 SEASON: excerpt from Rugby Almanac 1995

Buller finished sixth in the third division with three wins in championship matches, These victories were achieved at the expense of the weaker teams, however, and although Buller ran Marlborough close at no stage did it look like winning against any of the top four sides,

Although outweighed in most of its games the Buller pack was a most efficient one, doing the basics well and showing mobility around the field. Veteran flanker Glen Elley was a fine leader who was always up with the play. Rumour has it that he is contemplating retirement and if he does make the 1994 season his last he will be sorely missed. His contribution to Buller rugby has been monumental.

Thomas Stuart was once again in tremendous form at number eight and gave his captain excellent support. He was especially effective against East Coast, scoring two fine tries. Other forwards who performed well were big prop John Brazil, lively hooker Philip Beveridge and lock Danny Pratt, whose height enabled him to dominate the lineouts in most games.

The pick of the backs were long-serving utility Michael Bonisch. playing mostly at fullback where he turned in some solid games; hard-running, centre Robert Cook; newcomer Chris Hart, a useful goal-kicker; and halfback Dean Lamplough, who improved steadily throughout the season.