Buller Rugby Football Union

Club information
Full name Buller Rugby Union
Website http://www.bullerrugby.co.nz
Colours Red and Blue
Founded 1894
Current details
  • Victoria Square (5000)
Competition Heartland Championship

The Buller Rugby Union (BRU) is a rugby union province based in the town of Westport, New Zealand. The Buller provincial boundary also includes other notable towns such as Reefton, Karamea, Granity, Charleston, Punakaiki and Murchison (Murchison RFC currently compete in the Tasman provincial Union competition).


Buller was formed in 1894. Buller has played in both the second and third divisions of the former NPC. After the New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) restructuring of the NPC in 2006 Buller currently play in the Heartland Championship (effectively the NPC second division). The side has performed with distinction in this competition having made the top tier Meads Cup section twice in the past 3 seasons. Buller (often in combination with West Coast) has had some memorable matches against international sides in the past including victory over Australia. There have also been a number of other impressive results against international opposition including the British Lions, South Africa, Tonga, Fiji, Samoa, and various New Zealand representative sides including New Zealand Maori and New Zealand Juniors. Historically Buller were a strong provincial Union particularly in the pre 1960 era and the Union would compete on a level footing with more famous provincial sides such as Canterbury and Wellington. With the formation of the National Provincial Championship (NPC) in 1976 Buller began to struggle as players moved to bigger Unions to further their rugby and work careers. However the Union has experienced a resurgence in fortunes over the last 4 seasons with the representative team performing well in the Heartland Championship.


Buller Rugby Union is made up of 6 clubs:

Buller also have 3 secondary schools who compete in matches:


2014 Squad - 2015 TBA[1]

  • Logan Mundy
  • Phil Beveridge
  • Warwick Knox
  • Jerome Vai
  • Glen Duncan
  • Attila Va’a
  • Craig Moore
  • Tai Ratu
  • Morgan Eames
  • Luke Brownlee
  • Blair McIlroy
  • Rhys Burton
  • Simon Abel
  • Isei Lewaqai
  • Luke Watson
  • Andrew Stephens
  • Craig Adams
  • Jesse Elley
  • James Lash
  • Peni Nabainivalu
  • Mike Lealava’a
  • Iliasa Ravudra
  • Sam Marris
  • Scott Neighbours
  • Brad Collins
  • Tokohau Samuels

Playing ground

The Buller team's home ground is Victoria Square in Westport.

Buller in Super Rugby

Buller along with Canterbury, Tasman, West Coast, Mid Canterbury and South Canterbury make up the Crusaders Super Rugby franchise.


Buller has won one Provincial Championship, the Heartland Championship Lochore Cup in 2012 defeating South Canterbury in the Final.

In 2014, Buller went through Round Robin Undefeated progressing to the Meads Cup Final only to fall to Mid Canterbury.

Heartland Championship placings

Heartland Championship Results[2][3][4][5]
Year Pld W D L PFPAPD BP Pts Place Playoffs
Qual SF F
2006 8 3 0 5 139 182 −43 2 14 4thLochore Cup Lost 10–36 to Poverty Bay
2007 8 5 0 3 171 186 −15 2 22 5thNo
2008 8 4 1 3 135 164 −29 1 19 5th No
2009 8 3 0 5 163 156 +7 5 17 4thLochore Cup Lost 22–53 to West Coast
2010 8 3 0 5 127 193 −66 1 13 3rdLochore Cup Won 19–14 against Horowhenua-Kapiti Lost to 9–15 Wairarapa Bush
2011 8 5 0 3 188 131 +57 6 26 4th Lochore Cup Lost 30–32 to Poverty Bay
2012 8 5 0 3 207 178 +29 5 25 5thLochore Cup Won 42–22 against Poverty Bay Won 31–28 against South Canterbury
2013 8 4 0 4 147 149 −2 4 20 7thLochore Cup Won 40–30 against Wanganui Lost 10–17 to South Canterbury
2014 8 8 0 0 282 145 +137 5 37 1st Meads CupWon 22–15 against Horowhenua-Kapiti Lost 13–36 to Mid Canterbury
2015 8 4 0 4 200 187 +13 5 21 6th Lochore Cup Lost 6–20 to King Country

Ranfurly Shield

Buller have never held the Ranfurly Shield despite a number of close matches. The best result being in 1949 when Buller drew 6–6 against Otago at Carisbrook, Dunedin. Had the match been played using the modern scoring system, Buller would have won courtesy of scoring more tries than their Otago opposition.

Seddon Shield

Established in 1906 in memory of Richard John Seddon, the Seddon Shield is a challenge shield contested by representative teams in the upper South Island.[6] Buller along with Nelson Bays, Marlborough and West Coast currently compete for the shield. Originally the Golden Bay-Motueka Rugby Union and the Nelson Rugby Union also competed for the shield before those unions amalgamated to form Nelson Bays. Buller have held the shield on a number of occasions but Nelson Bays are the current holders. In 2009 Buller lost their Seddon Shield challenge against Nelson Bays by 29–37.

Rundle Cup

The Rundle Cup is contested annually between the Buller and West Coast Unions. It is one of the oldest trophies in NZ rugby.

The Rundle Cup was donated to the West Coast provincial union during their Annual General Meeting at the Albion Hotel on the 24th of May 1911 by William Rundle as a trophy for Buller-West Coast matches. Rundle was a local business man in the mining industry and former player for the Grey Football Club. He later perished on the frontline in France during World War One. The first contest for the cup was held in 1911 in Westport and was won by Buller.

Notable players

All Blacks

Buller has had six players selected for the All Blacks whilst playing their club rugby in Buller:


Other All Blacks to play for Buller at senior or junior level either before or after their national selection were:

New Zealand Māori/Natives representatives

New Zealand Sevens representatives

Buller centurions

The following players have made 100 appearances for Buller:


  1. Buller internet site Retrieved Sept 19th 2014
  2. "Standings (2006–present)". Heartland Championship. Retrieved 13 April 2016.
  3. "Fixtures and Results (2006–present)". Heartland Championship. Retrieved 13 April 2016.
  4. "Finalists found in Lochore and Meads Cups". Newshub. 23 October 2010. Retrieved 13 April 2016.
  5. "2010 Lochore and Mead Cups finals wrap". Heartland Championship. 31 October 2010. Retrieved 13 April 2016.
  6. Palenski, Ron (13 December 2013). "Rugby union – club and provincial rugby". Te Ara: the Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 10 May 2015.

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