~ 2020 ~

2020 Rep Season was cancelled

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



2020 Status:
Heartland Championship
Founded 1894– (affiliated NZRU 1894)
H.W. (Hugh) McMillan
Rugby Manager:
A.C. (Andrew) Duncan
Justin “Gus” Martyn
Assistant Coach:
T.J. (Tim) Manawatu
Main ground:
Victoria Square, Westport
Cardinal and Blue

Buller were well beaten in their three matches, being more than 20 points behind at halftime in each of them. The second half effort against Mid Canterbury was Buller’s best 40 minutes of the season.

At fullback Alex Paterson stood out as a very dependable last line while Thor Manawatu, who had last represented three years ago, looked a polished halfback and Jesse Pitman-Joass was a confident first five-eighth. In the forward pack lock Petrus “Gabba” de Kock had a tremendous work rate and not far behind him was front rower Anthony Ellis.

Debuts were given to 13 players with flanker Dylan Rusbatch and lock Ben Pratt both having good first seasons, Pratt going on to play all 240 minutes. Alex Lean and Steven Soper had previously represented West Coast and Jesse Pitman-Joass was ex Tasman and West Coast.

With just four senior clubs to pick from player depth is an obvious issue and it is hoped the possible reformation of a senior team from the Reefton club for 2021 will be a step forward in this regard. For the first time since 2007, Buller played no fixture against neighbour West Coast.


Sat 12 Sep 2:00 pm A Representative Match Mid Canterbury 41 - 17
Sat 19 Sep 2:30 pm A Representative Match South Canterbury 78 - 10
Sat 26 Sep 2:30 pm H Representative Match South Canterbury 28 - 66