~ 1995 ~ 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 B.Stewart
Main ground:
Victoria Square, Westport
Cardinal and Blue


Sat 03 Jun 2:30 pm A Representative West Coast 19 - 00
Sat 24 Jun 2:30 pm A Seddon Shield Nelson Bays 66 - 12
Sat 05 Aug 2:30 pm A Div3 - NPC Horowhenua Kapiti 31 - 13
Sat 12 Aug 2:30 pm A Div3 - NPC Marlborough 63 - 13
Sat 19 Aug 2:30 pm H Div3 - NPC Thames Valley 19 - 35
Sat 26 Aug 2:30 pm H Div3 - NPC Whanganui 20 - 13
Sat 09 Sep 2:30 pm A Div3 - NPC East Coast 34 - 10
Sat 16 Sep 2:30 pm H Div3 - NPC West Coast 18 - 12
Sat 23 Sep 2:30 pm H Div3 - NPC Poverty Bay 09 - 20
Sat 30 Sep 2:30 pm A Div3 - NPC North Otago 29 - 30

THE 1995 SEASON: excerpt from Rugby Almanac 1996

With three wins in championship games, Buller finished sixth in the third division, a placing higher than had been expected at the start of the season.

Coach Bernie Stewart began the season with most of the regulars from 1994 missing. Most serious losses were Michael Bonisch and Glen Elley, both of whom had topped a century of games for the union before deciding to retire. The arrival of former Canterbury lock Grant Mickell was a bonus for Buller.

The backs were a lively lot who compared favorably with most of their opponents. Michael Coghlan stood out for his strong running and ability to beat his opposite number, while his defence was very sound, Sam Jack showed a considerable amount of talent, Tony Pratt’s goal-kicking and strong defence proved valuable and Dean Lamplough played well at halfback.

Captain Thomas Stuart was the pick of the forwards with his demon tackling and tireless chasing in the loose and had the satisfaction of setting the province’s try-scoring record. He was well supported by the hard tackling Craig Scanlon. The best of the tight forwards were Mickell. whose experience allowed him to dominate in the lineouts, John Brazil and Philip Beveridge.