East Coast Rugby Football Union

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The East Coast Rugby Football Union is a constituent union in the New Zealand Rugby Union. It is located on the East Coast of the North Island, based in Ruatoria. It is the smallest Union in New Zealand in the sense of player numbers and population base. Due to the high number of players from the Ngati Porou iwi, the team is often referred to as Ngati Porou East Coast.

East Coast Rugby Football Union
Nickname(s)Ngati Porou East Coast
Founded1921
LocationRuatoria
Ground(s)Whakarua Park (Capacity: 3,000)
ChairmanNew Zealand Campbell Dewes
Coach(es)New Zealand Hosea Gear
League(s)Heartland Championship
201912th
Team kit
Official website
www.npec.co.nz

The Ngati Porou East Coast team home ground is Whakarua Park, Ruatoria. Ngati Porou East Coast were recently holders of the Meads Cup, defeating Wanganui 29–27 at Whakarua Park on 27 October 2012.[1]

HistoryEdit

The East Coast Rugby Football Union was formed in 1922 when they split from the Poverty Bay Rugby Football Union.

Ranfurly ShieldEdit

East Coast has challenged for the Ranfurly Shield seven times losing heavily on each occasion.

MatchesEdit

1953 Wellington   42–0   East Coast Wellington
1968 Hawke's Bay   31–0   East Coast Napier
1981 Waikato   54–0   East Coast Hamilton
1987 Auckland   72–0   East Coast Auckland
1997 Auckland   115–6   East Coast Ruatoria
2002 Canterbury   51–6   East Coast Christchurch
2013 Waikato   65–10   East Coast Ruatoria

East Coast in Super RugbyEdit

East Coast along with Wellington, Wairarapa Bush, Wanganui, Poverty Bay, Hawke's Bay, Manawatu and Horowhenua-Kapiti make up the Hurricanes Super Rugby region.

ReputationEdit

The team is renowned for losing 42 consecutive games.

All BlacksEdit

They have had 3 players selected for the All Blacks whilst playing their club rugby in the East Coast.

ClubsEdit

East Coast Rugby Football Union is made up of 9 clubs:

  • Hicks Bay
  • Hikurangi Sports Club
  • Ruatoria City Sports Club
  • Tawhiti
  • Tokararangi
  • Tokomaru Bay United
  • Tihirau Victory Club (TVC)
  • Uawa Sports
  • Waiapu

ChampionshipsEdit

East Coast won the NPC 3rd Division twice, first in 1999 defeating Poverty Bay 18–15 in the final at Ruatoria and secondly and more impressively, defeating North Otago in front of their home crowd at Oamaru in a come-from-behind 25–21 victory to record back to back NPC 3rd Division Championships.

1999 NPC 3rd DivisionEdit

Round Comp Home team Score Away team Score
Week 1 NPC   Buller 18   East Coast 36
Week 2 NPC   West Coast 41   East Coast 13
Week 3 NPC   Wairarapa Bush 15   East Coast 31
Week 4 NPC   East Coast 10   Poverty Bay 15
Week 5 NPC   East Coast 30   North Otago 9
Week 6 NPC   Horowhenua-Kapiti 20   East Coast 14
Week 7 NPC   East Coast 74   Buller 8
Week 8 NPC   East Coast 18   South Canterbury 6
Semi Final NPC   Horowhenua-Kapiti 20   East Coast 21
Final NPC   East Coast 18   Poverty Bay 15
  • Overall Season standing: Champions

2000 NPC 3rd DivisionEdit

Round Comp Home team Score Away team Score
Week 1 NPC   East Coast 20   South Canterbury 14
Week 2 NPC   North Otago 26   East Coast 26
Week 3 NPC   Buller 12   East Coast 44
Week 4 NPC   South Canterbury 12   East Coast 6
Week 5 NPC   East Coast 33   Wairarapa Bush 20
Week 6 NPC   Poverty Bay 28   East Coast 30
Week 7 NPC   East Coast 33   West Coast 27
Week 8 NPC   East Coast 31   Horowhenua-Kapiti 30
Semi Final NPC   East Coast 18   Wairarapa Bush 17
Final NPC   North Otago 21   East Coast 25
  • Overall Season standing: Champions

2012 Heartland ChampionshipEdit

Round Comp Home team Score Away team Score
Week 1 NPC   East Coast 23   West Coast 16
Week 2 NPC   South Canterbury 37   East Coast 9
Week 3 NPC   East Coast 20   Buller 18
Week 4 NPC   Mid Canterbury 13   East Coast 20
Week 5 NPC   East Coast 25   Wanganui 17
Week 6 NPC   Thames Valley 38   East Coast 53
Week 7 NPC   East Coast 56   King Country 24
Week 8 NPC   Poverty Bay 14   East Coast 24
Semi Final NPC   East Coast 26   North Otago 15
Final NPC   East Coast 29   Wanganui 27
  • Overall Season standing: Champions

Heartland Championship placingsEdit

Heartland Championship Results[2][3][4][5]
Year Pld W D L PF PA PD BP Pts Place Playoffs
Qual Semifinal Final
2006 8 1 0 7 111 244 −133 2 6 11th No
2007 8 2 0 6 130 210 −70 3 11 11th No
2008 8 0 0 8 50 306 −256 0 0 12th No
2009 8 1 0 7 87 337 −250 0 4 11th No
2010 8 0 0 8 96 384 −288 1 1 12th No
2011 8 6 0 2 189 198 −9 3 27 3rd Meads Cup Won 23–17 against North Otago Lost 10–30 to Wanganui
2012 8 7 0 1 230 177 +53 3 31 1st Meads Cup Won 26–15 against North Otago Won 29–27 against Wanganui
2013 8 2 0 6 173 225 −52 5 13 10th No
2014 8 0 0 8 67 367 −300 0 0 12th No
2015 8 0 0 8 112 368 −256 2 2 12th No
2016 8 0 0 8 166 458 −292 3 3 12th No
2017 8 0 0 8 98 353 −255 0 0 12th No
2018 8 0 0 8 99 447 −348 2 2 12th No

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "East Coast comeback overwhelms Whanganui". October 27, 2012. Archived from the original on January 16, 2013. Retrieved 2012-10-29.
  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.

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