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Wairarapa Bush Rugby Football Union

The Wairarapa-Bush Rugby Football Union is the body that regulates rugby union in Masterton, New Zealand. It was formed in 1971 with the amalgamation of the Wairapapa and Bush Unions.

Wairarapa-Bush
Rugby Football Union
Wairarapa Bush Rugby Logo.png
SportRugby union
Founded1971; 48 years ago (1971)
PresidentBryan Weatherstone
CEO
Tony Hargood
Men's coachJoe Harwood
Websitehttp://waibush.co.nz/

The Wairarapa-Bush team play in the Heartland Championship from Memorial Park, Masterton. They were the inaugural winners of the Meads Cup after beating Wanganui 16–14 on 21 October 2006.

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ChampionshipsEdit

Wairarapa-Bush won the 2nd division North Island in 1981, 3rd division in 2005 and the Heartland Championship Meads Cup in 2006 and Lochore Cup in 2010.

Heartland Championship placingsEdit

Heartland Championship results[1][2][3][4]
Year Pld W D L PF PA PD BP Pts Place Playoffs
Qual Semi-final Final
2006 8 7 0 1 211 130 +81 3 31 1st Meads Cup Won 25–19 against North Otago Won 16–14 against Wanganui
2007 8 5 0 3 196 131 +65 3 23 4th Meads Cup Lost 13–30 to North Otago
2008 8 3 0 5 202 194 +8 7 19 3rd Lochore Cup Lost 17–37 to Horowhenua-Kapiti
2009 8 3 0 5 155 142 +13 5 17 6th No
2010 6 2 0 4 129 186 −57 3 11 2nd Lochore Cup Won 21–17 against King Country Won 15–9 against Buller
2011 8 1 0 7 156 231 −75 4 8 10th No
2012 8 6 0 2 219 130 +89 4 28 3rd Meads Cup Lost 20–23 against Wanganui
2013 8 6 0 2 203 144 +59 4 28 3rd Meads Cup Lost 34–48 to North Otago
2014 8 1 1 6 151 238 −87 3 9 11th No
2015 8 4 0 4 238 192 +46 7 23 4th Meads Cup Lost 21–25 to South Canterbury
2016 8 6 0 2 240 174 +66 6 30 4th Meads Cup Lost 26–58 to Wanganui
2017 8 1 0 7 174 313 -139 6 10 11th No

Ranfurly ShieldEdit

Wairarapa-Bush have never held the Ranfurly Shield but Wairarapa held the shield in 1927, 1928 and 1950. Wairarapa-Bush were beaten 96–10 by Canterbury in a Ranfurly Shield challenge in July 2006. In July 2015 Wairarapa-Bush challenged Hawke's Bay for the Shield but were defeated 58–7.[5]

Wairarapa-Bush in Super RugbyEdit

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

All BlacksEdit

There have only been 29 players selected for the All Blacks from the Wairarapa-Bush (From 1971) and when the Union was separated as Wairarapa and Bush Unions.

Wairarapa-Bush (from 1971)

Pre 1971 {Wairarapa & Bush Unions}

  • H.Udy 1882
  • A.E.D'Arcy 1893,1894
  • R.Gray 1893
  • W.McKenzie 1893
  • W.D.Watson 1893,1896
  • D.H.Udy 1901,1903
  • A.L.Armstrong 1903
  • A.F.McMinn 1903,1905
  • E.Wrigley 1905
  • J.G.Donald 1920,21,22,25
  • Q.Donald 1923,26,28
  • L.H.Harvey 1924,26,28
  • A.E.Cooke 1928
  • S.Willoughby 1928
  • R.T.Cundy 1929
  • A.Mahoney 1929,34,35
  • K.H.Reid 1929
  • W.B.Reside 1929
  • J.C.Stringfellow 1929
  • W.R.Irvine 1929
  • J.J.Mill 1930
  • M.B.Couch 1947,49
  • A.W.Blake 1949

ClubsEdit

Wairarapa-Bush Rugby Football Union is made up of 13 clubs, from north to south:

  • Puketoi
  • Eketahuna
  • East Coast
  • Pioneer
  • Marist
  • Masterton Red Star
  • Carterton
  • Gladstone
  • Greytown
  • Featherston
  • Martinborough
  • Tuhirangi

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Standings (2006–present)". Heartland Championship. Retrieved 13 April 2016.
  2. ^ "Fixtures and Results (2006–present)". Heartland Championship. Retrieved 13 April 2016.
  3. ^ "Finalists found in Lochore and Meads Cups". Newshub. 23 October 2010. Retrieved 13 April 2016.
  4. ^ "2010 Lochore and Mead Cups finals wrap". Heartland Championship. 31 October 2010. Retrieved 13 April 2016.
  5. ^ Bidwell, Hamish (9 July 2015). "Hawke's Bay see off Wairarapa-Bush to retain Ranfurly Shield". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 12 April 2016.

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