West Coast Rugby Union Independent Board Members (3 Required)


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The West Coast Rugby Union invites applications for three vacancies for the position of Independent Board Member. The three vacancies are for a one, two or three year term, commencing 13th December 2016.

The West Coast Rugby Union’s purpose is to lead, grow, support and promote rugby in the region. The organisation is responsible for both the delivery of community rugby as well as representative teams, including the Premier team in the Heartland Championship. In partnership with the local clubs it contributes to the fabric of the local community by providing safe and enjoyable sporting opportunities. The Union has a turnover in excess of $500,000 and over 800 registered players.

The roles require a corporate governance focus, with responsibilities for setting the strategic direction for rugby in the West Coast region and monitoring the performance of all aspects of the business, while taking into account the interests of all relevant stakeholders. The selection panel will make their decision based on a set Skills Matrix that requires candidates with experience in:

  • Finance and Business
  • Legal and Human Resources
  • Sports Governance
  • Marketing and Revenue Generation.

Although knowledge of and empathy for rugby are beneficial, it is not necessarily a pre-requisite of the positions.

Independent Board Members must not be, or on appointment must immediately cease to be, either an employee of the West Coast Rugby Union, or a member of the Council of Clubs.

The appointments are for an initial 1, 2 or 3 year term and are appointed, not elected, positions.

All applications should include a CV, confirmation of independence as defined above, and an appropriate covering letter.

They should be forwarded to:
Business Analyst – Provincial Unions,
New Zealand Rugby,
PO Box 2172,

For more information contact:
John Kirkup
Business Analyst – Provincial Unions,
New Zealand Rugby,
021 625 032
Applications close 5pm Monday 21st November 2016.

Categories: News, West Coast RFU

New Zealand Heartland XV named to play New Zealand Marist


New Zealand Heartland XV named to play New Zealand Marist
Note: Change of venue for match
New venue is Ardmore Marist Rugby Club, Walters Rd, Papakura

Congratulations to Josh (JJ) Manning on his naming in the NZ Heartland XV team to play NZ Marist this Saturday.

The New Zealand Heartland XV to play New Zealand Marist for the Ian MacRae Cup at the Ardmore Marist Rugby Club, Walters Rd, Papakura, on Saturday 5 November at 2.00pm, has been named.


1 Ralph Darling notlbl2
2 Hayden Wisnewski tvylbl2
3 Scott Cameron hkplbl
4 Josh (JJ) Manning wcslbl2
5 Everard Reid pvblbl2
6 Peter Rowe wanglbl2
7 Dan Hytongue blrlbl2
8 Kieran Coll (Captain) scblbl2
9 Lindsay Horrocks wanglbl2
10 James Lash (Vice Captain) blrlbl2
11 Willie Paia’aua hkplbl
12 Lemi Masoe notlbl2
13 James Hemara kctlbl2
14 Te Rangatira Waitokia /
Maleli Sau
wanglbl2 /
15 Sam Monaghan wbslbl2
16 Jackson Donlan mcblbl2
17 Timaru Tafa scblbl2
18 Viki Tofa wanglbl2
19 Aarin Dunster kctlbl2
20 Eddie Cranston wbslbl2
21 Zayn Tipping kctlbl2
22 John Koko kctlbl2
23 Maleli Sau/Nete Caucau mcblbl2

New Zealand Heartland XV Coach Barry Matthews says the team has gelled well since coming together this week.

“These are the best players from the Mitre 10 Heartland Championship who are now getting the chance to represent a national side.

“We have selected a starting fifteen we think will work best against Marist this Saturday, and there might be a different lineup against the Fijian sides next week.

“We have selected Kieran Coll as the new Captain of the Heartland XV. Kieran has played Mitre 10 Cup for Hawkes Bay and has captained South Canterbury for the last couple of years. We wanted to bring in a new captain while Peter Rowe, who has captained the side for a number of years, was still in the team and could support Kieran.”

* Please note there has been a late change of venue for the New Zealand Heartland XV v New Zealand Marist match this Saturday, 5 November.

The match, for the Ian MacRae Cup, was scheduled to be played at Sacred Heart College in Auckland at 2pm. The game will now be played at Ardmore Marist Rugby Club, Walters Rd, Papakura, Auckland at 2pm.

Date: Saturday 5 November
Who: New Zealand Heartland XV v New Zealand Marist
New venue: Ardmore Marist Rugby Club, Walters Rd, Papakura, Auckland
Time: 2.00pm

Other New Zealand Heartland XV 2016 fixtures:
Date: Tuesday 8 November
Who: New Zealand Heartland XV v Nadi
Venue: Prince Charles Park, Nadi, Fiji
Time: 5.00pm

Date: Saturday 11 November
Who: New Zealand Heartland XV v Nadroga
Venue: Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka, Fiji
Time: 7.00pm

Categories: News, West Coast RFU

New Zealand Rugby Register – Order Today !

New Zealand Rugby Register
The Players, Referees and Administrators in First-Class Rugby 1870-2015


The most extensive career record on players and referees in first-class rugby over the past 145 years.

For the first time, the Rugby Register provides an alphabetical list of every provincial representative (men and women) since the game was introduced to New Zealanders in 1870.

820 pages containing approximately 40,000 names including NZ Sevens, NZ Age Grade, and NZ Schools representatives as well as prominent coaches, administrators, and rugby media.

A reference book for provincial union staff, journalists, media, rugby enthusiasts and genealogists.

A 35-year project compiled by Rugby Almanack co-editor Clive Akers.

Available only from NZ Rugby Museum, PO Box 36, Palmerston North 4440.
Price: $195.00 including postage within New Zealand


register1aIn all of New Zealand rugby there has never been a book quite like that which has been produced by long serving Rugby Almanack co-editor and Rugby Museum chairman, Clive Akers.

In his New Zealand Rugby Register Akers has recorded the names and biographical details of every player, referee and some of the administrators and coaches who have been involved from 1870 up until 2015 in New Zealand first-class games. He hasn’t stopped there and has also covered national sevens, age-group and secondary school representatives and prominent members of the media.

It all amounts to more than 800 A4 pages, bound in a hard cover, which is a reflection of the staggering amount of research which Akers has devoted over many years to the project.

Clearly while it is the most phenomenal reference book this writer has encountered in any sport, let alone rugby, the Register is not bed-time reading and is not going to be a best-seller. That obviously was not Akers’ intention.

But it will be of immeasurable benefit to any family proud of a relative’s deeds, historians, statisticians and any media hack who has been assigned the task of compiling an obituary on any old All Black or rugby personality when they have passed away.

Because it has inevitably involved mind-boggling re-search and covers such a comprehensive subject one cannot vouch for the Register being 100% accurate. And if there have been mistakes or omissions then they would have to be regarded as understandable.

But from a reasonably good knowledge of New Zealand rugby at many levels over the past 50 years or more I can find precious few and have found confirmation of one or two claims which have been made to me personally.

register1bI now know that a fellow bowls club member, one Andrew Tait, had a first-class game for Golden Bay-Motueka in 1965 and a couple of media people of recent years, The Dominion Post’s Toby Robson and Sky Television’s Grant Nisbett, appeared briefly in first-class rugby. Robson twice played for a Wellington XV in 2002 and Nisbett for a Wellington colts side against Horowhenua in a Queen’s Birthday match in 1969 when on the same day the A team played Manawatu and the Bs against Marlborough.

The historically and politically minded will be equally fascinated to learn two Prime Ministers played first-class rugby, Keith Holyoake with Golden-Bay Motueka in the 1920s and before the turn of the 20th century George Forbes, the country’s hapless leader in the 1930s, for Canterbury. Another celebrated politician, from the Richard Seddon era, to have also played representative rugby was William Pember Reeves.

You will also find that the famous soldier and former Governor-General, Bernard Freyberg was a useful player with three games for Horowhenua, that Tem, the father of the entertainer Howard Morrison, played for Waikato and New Zealand Maori and that John Devoy, father of the squash champion Susan, in the 1940s was a midfield back for Wanganui and Hawke’s Bay.

Or that the great lawn bowler Peter Belliss, before winning his world titles, was a Wanganui representative forward, continuing a family tradition which started with his granddad, Moke, a dynamic All Black wing forward in the early 1920s.

Many of us no doubt have been assured, either by the person himself or his relatives, that so and so represented Auckland, Canterbury or Otago. That can be confirmed by the Register. Or it can be disproved for there are many who con-fuse playing for a province at schoolboy and junior levels with the elite few who were representatives at the approved first-class level.

One might have to be a history or statistical buff to fully enjoy Akers’ monumental work. But it’s an important contribution to the archiving of New Zealand rugby and it’s something for which Akers deserves both gratitude and unqualified congratulations.

$195 including post and packaging within NZ

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WCRU DRAW 3rd-4th SEPT 2016


Mitre10 HEARTLAND Championship

West Coast v South Canterbury
Rugby Park 2.30pm
Ref: Michael Winter
AR 1: Blair Barclay AR 2: Scott Cunnold
Subs Controller: Alan Howe
Subs Assistance: Matt Slaven & R Maitland

West Coast v Nelson Bays
Murchison #1 1.45pm

West Coast v Nelson Country
Murchison #2 12.30pm

Categories: Heartland Championship, News, West Coast RFU

NZ Heartland U19 squad announced for Jock Hobbs Under 19 Tournament


The Heartland U19 squad to compete in the Jock Hobbs Under 19 Tournament has been named. Again it’s great that there is coverage right across all 12 Heartland Unions.

Congratulations to Bailey Stewart on their selection.

New Zealand’s pinnacle event for emerging young rugby talent will take place next month at Owen Delany Park in Taupo and will once again feature a combined Heartland U19 Team.

Now in its third year, the Jock Hobbs Memorial National Under 19 Tournament showcases the very best of our nation’s young rugby players. Sixteen teams, one from each of the Mitre 10 Cup provincial unions, a second team from Auckland and the Heartland team will compete for the honour of lifting either the Graham Mourie Cup  or the Michael Jones Trophy.

The Heartland U19 Team is unique and differs from other squads in the competition because it is made up of at least one player from each of the 12 Heartland provincial unions.

Heartland U19 Head Coach Mark Rutene believes that the inclusion of a Heartland team offers Heartland players something to aspire to and gives an opportunity for players to develop their game, whilst providing young players with an incentive to remain in the game after they leave school.

“There are at least seven or eight of the players who have played in the senior Heartland teams. The tournament recognises the boys who remain playing for their Heartland unions, but they can still be a part of a New Zealand set up. It’s an opportunity for them to go up to the next level and put their hand up for the New Zealand U20s team,” said Rutene.

“However, the challenge is different from the other teams, as the squad is made up of at least one player from each Heartland union. It means we arrive on the Monday and then only have three training runs before we play our first game. Most of the other teams have been together for at least 6-8 weeks and have played half a dozen games.

“Having been assistant coach last year, I now know what to expect. Last year we opened against Counties Manukau and took a loss, but by the third game we were beating Auckland B and starting to get to know each other and getting to know what we were doing.

The tournament takes place on 15, 18 and 21 September and is part of a week-long event that starts on 14 September and includes a wrap-around development programme for the players, coaches and referees which is run on the non-game days. There are position specific workshops with Super Rugby coaches, as well as sessions focusing on player education and life skills.

A number of players at the tournament went on to play at this year’s World Rugby Under 20 Championship in Manchester, including Tasman  Lock Quinten Strange, Auckland’s Jordan Trainor and Canterbury’s Caleb Makene.

“Fifty of the boys will be picked to represent the U20s for 2017. The tournament and development programme gives the boys a chance to know what they’re getting into. They’re exposed to the other unions, they get to know each other and are fully involved 24/7 for the week and half.

“I’m really looking forward to the tournament, it’s great to be part of it and see the positive impact on the lives of our emerging players,” added Rutene.

The teams are seeded during their pre-tournament games with the top eight playing in the Premiership group for the Graham Mourie Cup, while the other eight play in the Championship for the Michael Jones Trophy. The pre-tournament seeding matches began on 19 August and conclude on 11 September, with each team in each region ranked 1 to 4. The top two teams in each region will go in the Premiership and the bottom two into the Championship.

All 400 players taking part in the tournament will no doubt vie for the DJ Graham Award for the outstanding player of the tournament.

The New Zealand Heartland Under 19 squad is:

LH Thomas Heywood (Mid Canterbury) Gabriel Hakaraia Wanganui (U20)
Hooker Isaiah Leach (Poverty Bay) Todd Parkinson (Wanganui)
TH Ihaia Kerr (Poverty Bay) Dylan Gallien (Wanganui)
Lock Caleb Duffin (Thames Valley) Keegan Anderson (North Otago)
Lock Hamish Bennett (Wanganui)
Blindside  Nathaniel Payton (Horowhenua Kapiti) Bailey Stewart (West Coast)
Openside Caleb Lewis (East Coast) Ciaran Neilsen (Buller)
No8 Mikaere Bell (King Country) .
Halfback Tyler Blackburn (Mid Canterbury) Moala Lasike (Poverty Bay)
First Five Cameron Robinson (King Country) Alexander Priest (Wairarapa Bush)
2nd Five Ethan Robinson (Wanganui) Devonte Stuart(Poverty Bay)
Centre Anaru Haika (King Country) .
Wing Jayde Hema-Allen  (King Country ) Peni Rokoduguni (Wairarapa Bush)
Fullback Zac Saunders (South Canterbury) Jessy Kemp  (Wanganui )

Mark Rutene : Head Coach (Wairarapa Bush RU)

Gavin HodderManager (Wairarapa Bush RU)

Sky Broadcast
Three matches a day will be screened live on Sky Sports.

Social Media
Go to National Under19s Facebook page and use #JHU19s on Instagram for more information on the tournament.

2014 Winners
Wellington – Graham Mourie Cup
Southland – Michael Jones Trophy
Mitchell Karpik – DJ Graham Award

2015 Winners
Canterbury – Graham Mourie Cup
Counties Manukau – Michael Jones Trophy
Charlie Gamble – DJ Graham Award

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West Coast v Mid Canterbury Sheffield 12.00 noon


West Coast v NZ Marist Colts Rugby Park 2.00pm
Ref: C Hancock

West Coast v Nelson Bays Murchison 12.45pm

West Coast v Nelson Town Murchison 11.30am

West Coast v Buller Rugby Park 12.30pm
Ref: C Van der Geest

Whataroa v Hari Hari Whataroa 2.00pm
Ref: J Whitcombe

Categories: News, West Coast RFU

U16 – U18 News : Te Waipounamu South Island Maori regions at the 2016

Four West Coast players were selected to attend the

Te Waipounamu South Island Maori regions at the 2016 National NZRU Maori training camp in Rotorua during the July Holidays.


Joe Glancy – (left) / Jesse Ormsby –(Right)

This camp was held in Christchurch and those selected from the West Coast were This Camp is to provide a genuine rugby pathway from regional tournaments to higher honours for those with Maori ancestry.

Those selected to attend were.

Jesse Ormsby – Plays for the Westland High 1st 15.

Caleb Thompson – Plays for the Westland High 1st 15.

Vaughtin Patena-Fortune – Plays for the Westland High 1st 15 and the Westland Combined U/16’s

Kiwa Kahukura – Plays for the Greymouth High 1st 15 and for the Marist Rugby Club.

From this camp a squad representing the Te Waipounamu South Island Maori regions at the 2016 National NZRU Maori training camp in Rotorua during the July Holidays was selected and Jesse Ormsby made that selection with Kiwa Kahukura on standby should he be required.

Jesse will now attend the Inter-Regional camp in Rotorua, a final squad of 25 will be selected to form a National Maori U18 team.

The National Maori U18 team will then attend a National camp aligned with other Nation Teams, NZ schools and NZ baba Schools program in September 2016.

These camps look to enhance not only players rugby skills but also an understanding of Tikanga Maori, and the opportunities Maori rugby can provide in the coming years.

New Zealand rugby will be covering all cost’s.

The annual National Area Schools Tournament Top of the South Team

Joe plays for the Westland High 1st 15 and for the Westland Combined U/16 team.

The annual National area schools tournament is being hosted by the South of the South zone this year and it is taking place in Dunedin (11/7/2016 to 16/7/2016).

Last week Reuban Clough, Jack Greig and Joe Glancy were among students selected from the Top of the South zone to attend rugby trials against Canterbury Area Schools in Rangiora, those who are successful form the Top of the South team and travel to Dunedin to compete in the National Tournament.

The competition was tough and the selectors Tony Peacock (Murchison) and Steve Beck (Hurunui)  worked the boys hard. Jack and Reuban narrowly missed out on selection and Joe was successful in gaining a place on the squad as a lock.

Categories: News

JAB ~ Match Reports ~ from May 7th 2016

Marist Red Vs Wests Black U6s

Wests Black U6s had a great game against Marist Red on Saturday,

Both sides played some great Ripper Rugby, and had fun

Eva Buchanan, Shealeigh Bradley, Haki Climo and Harvey Meissel had there first game of Ripper Rugby, and they all played so well, running well, ripping well, Harvay ran in 2 trys to start his season, Max Meissel ran, ripped and chased hard scoring 2 trys getting himself Player of the Day, John Fleming played well, chased hard, had a great break to run in the first try of the season, Jacob Sutton ran a great game, chased hard and ran in 1 try, Locky McDonald played an all round great game, working hard, chasing well, as well has had some great rips,

From Kim Brough Wests U6 manager, (Wests JAB Delegate)

Marist Under 6 

First game of the season got under way on Saturday. We have a fantastic contingency of kids this year for Marist Under 6 to make up a mix of two teams each week. Marist Red & Marist Green. This week the opener games was vrs Wests White & Wests Black held at Marist home Grounds.

Amazing team work shown throughout the games. Lots of distance making running and passing. And brilliant defensive ripping.

Fast exciting action that had everyone on the side lines very proud. Very difficult to select two players for Player Of Day.

Tane Masters POD for great amount of defensive rips and huge amount of commitment to team for Marist Red, and Taj Atkinson POD for strong & consistant defensive ripping all game for Marist Green.

Marina – Marist Under 6 Manager

Wests under 8

Wests under 8 made a fine start to the season against Blaketown.  With Spencer Kelly, Billy Crombie , Aiden Routhan and Ali Redpath enjoying their first game playing tackle rugby.  Rocco von Ah was awarded Player of the Day for his runaway try scoring and commitment to tackling.

Dominic Dando also made some fantastic tries and tackled well.  Along with Luke Schwartz and Jake Redpath these older boys set a good example to the younger boys.  The team showed good sportsmanship, team spirit and determination and are looking good to have a great season.

–  Nicky von Ah 

South Westland U8’s 

Great game by all the team on their first outing. Grey Valley put up a great team with a lot of speed and experience, South Westland responded with awesome tackles from Jack Gregge, Bear Clough & Brayden Mitchell.

Oliver Blackburn scored the only try for South Westland backed up with great team work by all the team.

Under 14 Rugby

It was a pleasing start to the season for the Wests Under 14 team on Saturday at Karoro Grounds.

Wests scored within the opening five minutes with a great finishing touch from Leyton Foster to scoot down the blind and score the try.

Then it took another 20 minutes for the Wests team to shake off the cobwebs and start to find their structure and create good space out wide.

Not taking anything away from Marist who defended stoutly and made Wests defend as well in that 20 minute period. For the opening game of the year there were some great skills shown.

Wests whole team came together well to take away the win. Out wide Liam Renton and Cameron Climo made some good runs.

Tipene Patena-Fortune, Kaleb Harris and Robert Kihi also tackled well and made some good breaks with the ball in hand.

Player of the day went to Liam Renton, and the Sportsmanship award went to Coby Foster. The final score was 35 points to Wests, 0 to Marist.


Categories: Club Rugby, News, West Coast RFU

“You Make the Call Referee” course visits Westland High School

Photos taken by Lyndon McKendry CRFU) who is facilitating a

“You Make the Call Referee” course at Westland High School in

Hokitika along with John Whitcombe who is ably assisting her.

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Canterbury’s Lyndon McKendry and John Whitcombe putting the team from West Coasts Westland High School through their paces at the recent “You Make the Call” JAB Referee’s course.

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West Coaster Brad Houston’s life saved by mates

West Coaster Brad Houston’s life saved by mates

West Coast mates James Ward, left, and Brad Houston. Ward helped saved Houston’s life after he collapsed during a rugby …

West Coast mates James Ward, left, and Brad Houston. Ward helped saved Houston’s life after he collapsed during a rugby league match in Runanga.

A West Coast rugby league player whose heart stopped during a game “wouldn’t be here” if his mates had not helped paramedics perform CPR for 45 minutes.

Brad Houston, 31, collapsed while playing with the Runanga Rugby League 9s at Wingham Park, near Greymouth, on Saturday.

He received CPR for up to 45 minutes and was shocked 13 times before being transferred to hospital. He is recovering well in Christchurch Hospital, his wife, Lilly, told Stuff.

Houston’s friend and coach James Ward ran to him and immediately began CPR. Houston was not breathing and had no pulse.

West Coast Rugby League development officer Paddy Byrne also ran to help.

James Ward played rugby league for Canterbury.

“He was lucky James reacted so quickly. We took turns working on him until the ambulance arrived about 15 minutes later. It really was a team effort, other people were contacting the emergency services and his family. Once the St John response team arrived we just did what we were told to do. Myself and Wardy and a couple of firefighters took turns working on his chest while the paramedics did all the technical stuff,” he said.

“He’s very lucky, there were times when I thought he wasn’t going to make it. The emergency services were amazing. The St John paramedics were calm under pressure and the 111 lady was a reassuring voice on the phone emphasizing not to stop CPR. Giving up wasn’t an option,” he said.

Lilly Houston said Brad was taken to Grey Base Hospital and transferred to Christchurch the next day.

“He is doing really well. He’s managed to get up and have a shower. [He is] keeping in good spirits while we are waiting for tests to tell us what caused it. He has had an angiogram, an echocardiogram and a chest X-ray which have come back clear. We are just waiting to get a heart MRI, which we are hoping will tell us more,” she said.

Houston was fit and healthy with a physical job as a foreman at Fulton Hogan.

“It’s just out of the blue. He’s very lucky. We are so thankful to James Ward, Paddy Byrne, Pete Terakau and the emergency services for not giving up on him. I’m sure there were times when they thought he wouldn’t survive but they kept going. He got shocked 13 times. Thirteen times lucky,” she said.

The couple have two daughters, aged 6 and 3, and when Brad collapsed Lilly was in Christchurch on a shopping trip.

“He was in the right place at the right time. If it had happened when he’d been driving or on his own looking after the girls … it doesn’t bear thinking about. He said he felt dizzy and one of his teammates Royce Green asked him if he was OK and he went to say yes but couldn’t speak and Royce caught him as he went down, then Wardy and the others jumped in. It’s amazing. He wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for them,” she said.

– Stuff

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