Waikato (National Provincial Championship)

Waikato (often known as the Waikato Mooloos) are a New Zealand professional rugby union team based in Hamilton, New Zealand. The union was originally established in 1921, with the National Provincial Championship established in 1976. They now play in the reformed National Provincial Championship competition. They play their home games at FMG Stadium Waikato in Hamilton in the Waikato region. The team is affiliated with the Chiefs Super Rugby franchise. Their home playing colours are red, yellow and black.

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The WRU official emblem
UnionWaikato Rugby Union
Founded1921; 100 years ago (1921)
LocationWhitiora, Hamilton, New Zealand
Ground(s)FMG Stadium Waikato (Capacity: 25,000)
CEOCarl Moon[1]
Coach(es)Ross Filipo
Captain(s)Ayden Johnstone and Fletcher Smith
Most appearancesIan Foster and Graham Purvis (148)
Top scorerMatthew Cooper (1,604)
Most triesBruce Smith (70)
League(s)Bunnings NPC
20204th (Premiership)
Playoffs: Semifinalists
Team kit
Official website

Current squadEdit

The Waikato Mooloos squad for the 2021 Bunnings NPC is:[2][3]

Waikato Mooloos squad




Loose forwards

Halfbacks (Scrum-halves)

First five-eighths (Fly-halves)

Midfielders (Centres)

Outside backs

(c) Denotes team captain, Bold denotes player is internationally capped, REP denotes a replacement squad player.
  1. ^ a b Cooper & Rogers weren't named in the original Waikato squad, but was announced in the side for Round 3.[4]
  2. ^ Hardman wasn't named in the original Waikato squad, but was announced in the side for Round 1.[5]


Waikato have been overall Champions on two occasions, winning the titles in 1992 and 2006. Their full list of honours include:[6][7]

National Provincial Championship Second Division North Island
  • Winners: 1980
National Provincial Championship Second Division
  • Winners: 1986
National Provincial Championship First Division
  • Winners: 1992
Air New Zealand Cup
  • Winners: 2006
Mitre 10 Cup Championship Division
  • Winners: 2018

Current Super Rugby playersEdit

Players named in the 2021 Waikato Mooloos squad, who also earned contracts or were named in a squad for any side participating in the 2021 Super Rugby season.[8][9][10][11][12][13][14]

Player Team
Samipeni Finau Chiefs
Luke Jacobson Chiefs
Ayden Johnstone Highlanders
Sefo Kautai Brumbies
Anton Lienert-Brown Chiefs
Damian McKenzie Chiefs
Laghlan McWhannell Chiefs
Liam Messam Chiefs
Ollie Norris Chiefs
Simon Parker Chiefs
Xavier Roe Chiefs
Bailyn Sullivan Chiefs
Samisoni Taukei'aho Chiefs
James Tucker Brumbies
Quinn Tupaea Chiefs
Gideon Wrampling Chiefs


  1. ^ "WRU Staff & Board". Waikato Rugby. Retrieved 10 September 2020.
  2. ^ "2021 Waikato Bunnings Warehouse NPC Squad Announced" (Press release). Waikato Rugby. 2 August 2021. Retrieved 2 August 2021.
  3. ^ "Premiership squads: Bunnings NPC 2021". Provincial Rugby. 4 August 2021. Retrieved 4 August 2021.
  4. ^ "LONE STAR: Ngaa Tuuingoa o te Kapa Waikato (Team Naming)". @waikatorugby on Instagram. 16 September 2021. Retrieved 16 September 2021.
  5. ^ "Bunnings NPC Round 1 match appointments and team lists". Provincial Rugby. 5 August 2021. Retrieved 8 August 2021.
  6. ^ "National Provincial Championship winners, 1976–2014". Te Ara. Retrieved 17 September 2020.
  7. ^ "Mitre 10 Cup". Rugby Heartland. Retrieved 17 September 2020.
  8. ^ "Gallagher Chiefs named for their 2021 season opener against the Highlanders" (Press release). Chiefs. 3 March 2021. Retrieved 3 March 2021.
  9. ^ "2021 Gallagher Chiefs Squad Announced" (Press release). Chiefs. 3 December 2020. Retrieved 3 December 2020.
  10. ^ "Highlanders name squad for 2021" (Press release). Highlanders. 3 December 2020. Retrieved 3 December 2020.
  11. ^ "Plus500 Brumbies sign former Chiefs prop as squad Cover" (Press release). Brumbies. 22 March 2021. Retrieved 22 March 2021.
  12. ^ "Liam Messam and Tom Florence called in as injury replacements" (Press release). Chiefs. 27 April 2021. Retrieved 27 April 2021.
  13. ^ "Plus500 Brumbies Finalise 2020 Super Rugby Squad" (Press release). Brumbies. 6 January 2021. Retrieved 6 January 2021.
  14. ^ "Gallagher Chiefs named to face the Blues at Eden Park" (Press release). Chiefs. 29 April 2021. Retrieved 29 April 2021.

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