Taranaki Rugby Football Union

Taranaki Rugby is the governing body for rugby union in Taranaki, New Zealand; Taranaki is a region of New Zealand that covers areas in the districts of New Plymouth and South Taranaki. Established in 1889, they represent the Mitre 10 Cup side, Taranaki Bulls, and Farah Palmer Cup side, Taranaki Whio. It is also affiliated with the Chiefs Super Rugby franchise. Their home playing colours are amber and black and they play their home games at Yarrow Stadium in Westown.

Taranaki Rugby
Logo Taranaki Rugby Union.svg
SportRugby union
JurisdictionTaranaki Region
AbbreviationTRFU
Founded1889 (1889)
AffiliationNew Zealand Rugby
HeadquartersNew Plymouth
CEOLaurence Corlett
Men's coachWillie Rickards
Women's coachBrendan Haami
Official website
www.trfu.co.nz
New Zealand

HistoryEdit

Early yearsEdit

Taranaki was officially established in 1889 after a team chosen from the surrounding clubs in existence played as Egmont in 1885. They began with a brown coloured jersey before adopting the amber and black hoops in 1892. During the amateur period, the team won the Ranfurly Shield on four occasions. It had also won seven-second division titles in the National Provincial Championship, more than any other team. Further notable moments were in 1959, when a record 35,000 spectators attended Rugby Park in New Plymouth to see the province play the British Lions. Two years later 36,000 people were on hand to watch France defeat the side 11-9.[1]

 
1907 Strathmore Dean Cup side.

Their first Ranfurly Shield victory came in 1913 when Auckland was defeated 14-11. Six successful defences followed before a 12-6 loss to Wellington in September 1914. In 1957 current shield holders Wellington was defeated in a friendly match early in the year and a rematch was scheduled for later in the season. However Otago defeated Wellington, but Otago accepted a special challenge by Taranaki. The match was played on 28 September, the last Saturday of the season, after King Country gave up its scheduled fixture with Taranaki. Taranaki won against Otago for them to, later on, go a 13-match tenure.[1]

In 1963 Taranaki regained the Ranfurly Shield once again off Wellington with a win at Athletic Park. Their third tenure would be its most successful one. The first challenge came from Wanganui who were making their second challenge of the season, having lost earlier to Auckland. Wanganui later would suffer a further defeat in 1964. Taranaki lost to Auckland in their last defence in 1965 and would not reclaim the shield again until 1996 when they edged Auckland 42-39. North Harbour lost narrowly in a tight contest before Taranaki was beaten by 20 points against Waikato.[1]

Professional eraEdit

In August 2011 Taranaki defeated Southland 15-12 in Invercargill to begin a fifth tenure of the shield.[2] This ended in October 2012 when Waikato won the last challenge of the season.[3] In 2013 Taranaki RFU assembled a women's professional team although it was later disbanded the following year.[4] They claimed the national title for the first time in their history with a win over Tasman in the 2014 ITM Cup.[5]

Affiliated clubsEdit

There are currently 28 registered clubs incorporated and secondary schools affiliated with the Taranaki RFU, most of which have teams at both senior and junior levels.

PlayersEdit

Taranaki BullsEdit

Taranaki RFU has several teams under its control, one of note is the Taranaki Bulls who compete in New Zealand's national rugby union competition the Mitre 10 Cup. Their top professional team, the Bulls is coached by Willie Rickards and co-captained by lock Mitchell Brown and midfielder Teihorangi Walden.[23] Their traditional colors are amber and black hoops with white shorts, with Canterbury of New Zealand being the main manufacturer. They are also sponsored by proud Taranaki firm Yarrows the Bakers.

Taranaki WhioEdit

Taranaki Whio is the women's representative side that was reintroduced in 2018 to compete in the Farah Palmer Cup.[24] The 2020 squad for the Farah Palmer Cup is coached by former Taranaki men's representative Brendan Haami. The squad consists of 29 players, they are; Leah Barnard, Gayle Broughton, Sharee Brown, Tiana Davison, Freedom Edmonds, Chelsea Fowler, Tachelle Gardiner, Natale Haupapa, Iritana Hohaia, Kaya-Rose Kahui, Donia King, Alicia Manuirirangi, Kelsyn McCook, Victoria McCullough, Hannah McLean, Danielle Muggeridge, Paige Neilson, Jaymi Ngaia, Kate Parkinson, Chloe Sampson, Brooke Sim, Lyn Smith, Jalana Smith, Kate Thomson, Catriona Tulloch, Aliene Wallis, Sharniqua Weston-Jacobson, Nicole Whittle, Sarah Winter.[25]

Notable playersEdit

Taranaki has produced 83 men's New Zealand internationals to date.[26] Below is a list of New Zealand national rugby union players along with their number and year of debut in brackets.

Personnel and statisticsEdit

Seasonal recordEdit

Year Pos. Division GP W L D PTS Captain Head coach
2006 11th N/A 9 3 6 0 16 Paul Tito Kieran Crowley
2007 8th N/A 11 4 7 0 23 Tony Penn
2008 8th N/A 11 4 6 1 23 Adrian Kennedy
2009 8th N/A 13 6 6 1 28
2010 5th N/A 13 9 4 0 42 Craig Clarke Colin Cooper
2011[a] 3rd Premiership 10 7 3 0 31
2012 4th Premiership 11 7 4 0 33
2013 6th Premiership 10 3 7 0 14 Kane Barrett
2014[b] 1st Premiership 12 9 2 1 38 James Marshall
2015 4th Premiership 11 6 5 0 32 Charlie Ngatai
2016 2nd Premiership 11 7 3 1 37 Mitchell Crosswell
2017[c] 1st Premiership 11 8 3 0 42 Charlie Ngatai
2018 7th Premiership 10 2 8 0 13 Mitchell Crosswell Willie Rickards
2019 5th Championship 10 4 6 0 18 Mitchell Brown
2020 N/A Championship 0 0 0 0 0
The table above shows the Taranaki RFU men's team progression throughout the professional era.
Source: New Zealand Rugby History
  1. ^ Taranaki won the Ranfurly Shield in 2011. It was their fifth tenure and defended it seven times.
  2. ^ Taranaki won the ITM Cup Premiership in 2014. It was their first time winning a first division title.
  3. ^ Taranaki won the Ranfurly Shield in 2017. It was their sixth tenure and defended it five times.

List of centurionsEdit

Pos. Name Year Primary position Games played
1 Kieran Crowley 1980–1994 Fullback 199
2 Andrew Slater 1989–2001 Lock 183
3 Gordon Slater 1991–2005 Prop 174
4 Kevin Barrett 1986–1999 Lock 167
5 Bryce Robins 1980–1992 Wing 147
6 Dave Loveridge 1975–1986 Half-back 123
7 Murray Watts 1978–1985 Wing 123
8 Tony Penn 1999–2009 Prop 117
9 Shane McDonald 1991–2000 Hooker 116
10 Bull Allen 1988–1996 Prop 110
11 Warren Bunn 1979–1989 Prop 109
12 Dwight Murfitt 1984–1993 Wing 106
13 Graham Mourie 1975–1982 Flanker 104
14 Felix O'Carroll 1975–1983 Hooker 104
15 Lindsay Thomson 1983–1991 Lock 104
16 Ross Elmes 1980–1989 Prop 103
17 Kerry Eynon 1991–2000 Centre 103
18 Ian Eliason 1975–1981 Lock 102
19 Colin Cooper 1979–1987 Number 8 100
20 Paul Tito 1997–2006 Lock 100
The table above shows the Taranaki RFU men's centurions from 1975.
Source: New Zealand Rugby History
Updated: 11 September 2020

List of top try-scorersEdit

Pos. Name Year Primary position Tries scored
1 Kieran Crowley 1980–1994 Fullback 64
2 Bryce Robins 1980–1992 Wing 59
3 Murray Watts 1978–1985 Wing 57
4 Shayne Austin 1998–2009 Wing 48
5 Charlie McAlister 1983–1987 Wing 36
6 Dwight Murfitt 1984–1993 Wing 33
7 Tony Arnold 1983–1987 Wing 32
8 Bull Allen 1988–1996 Prop 28
9 Andre Taylor 2010–2013 Fullback 27
10 Seta Tamanivalu 2012–2018 Centre 26
The table above shows the Taranaki RFU men's top 10 try-scorers from 1975.
Source: New Zealand Rugby History
Updated: 11 September 2020

List of top point-scorersEdit

Pos. Name Year Primary position Points scored
1 Kieran Crowley 1980–1994 Fullback 1,723
2 Daryl Lilley 1993–2003 Fullback 777
3 Jamie Cameron 1992–1999 First five-eighth 614
4 Stephen Davidson 1975–1982 Fullback 588
5 Marty McKenzie 2014–2017 First five-eighth 392
6 Mark Urwin 1997–2003 First five-eighth 361
7 Willie Ripia 2008–2010 First five-eighth 317
8 Jason Holland 1997–1998 First five-eighth 259
9 Bryce Robins 1980–1992 Wing 258
10 Kelvin Mahon 1985–1993 Fullback 247
The table above shows the Taranaki RFU men's top 10 point-scorers from 1975.
Source: New Zealand Rugby History
Updated: 11 September 2020

ReferencesEdit

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