East Coast Rugby Football Union

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East Coast Rugby Football Union
East Coast Rugby logo.gif
Nickname(s) Ngati Porou East Coast
Founded 1922
Location Ruatoria
Region Hurricanes
Ground(s) Whakarua Park (Capacity: 4,000)
Chairman New Zealand WP Walker
Coach(es) New Zealand Ngarimu Simpkins
Captain(s) New Zealand Rua Tipoki
League(s) Heartland Championship
2012 1st (Meads Cup Champions)
Team kit
Official website
www.npec.co.nz

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 nicknamed Ngati Porou East Coast.

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

History[edit]

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

Ranfurly Shield[edit]

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

Matches[edit]

1953 Wellington Wellington Lions colours.png 42–0 Ecoast.png East Coast Wellington
1968 Hawke's Bay Hawkes Bay Air NZ Cup colours.png 31–0 Ecoast.png East Coast Napier
1981 Waikato Waikato colours, Air NZ Cup.png 54–0 Ecoast.png East Coast Hamilton
1987 Auckland Auckland colours, Air NZ Cup.png 72–0 Ecoast.png East Coast Auckland
1997 Auckland Auckland colours, Air NZ Cup.png 115–6 Ecoast.png East Coast Ruatoria
2002 Canterbury CanterburyColours.png 51–6 Ecoast.png East Coast Christchurch
2013 Waikato Waikato colours, Air NZ Cup.png 65–10 Ecoast.png East Coast Ruatoria

East Coast in Super Rugby[edit]

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

Reputation[edit]

The team is renowned for its fight and determination to play hard, as was exhibited in 1999 and 2000 when it won the then Air New Zealand NPC Third Division. Much to the nation's surprise, the Ngati Porou East Coast team, upon their first promotion to the then Air New Zealand NPC Second Division, found itself in the final against Hawke's Bay (2001). However, East Coast were unsuccessful, eventually losing 27-30.

All Blacks[edit]

There have had 2 players selected for the All Blacks whilst playing their club rugby in the East Coast.

Clubs[edit]

East Coast Rugby Football Union is made up of 11 clubs:

  • Hicks Bay
  • Hikurangi Sports Club
  • Horouta Maori
  • Ruatoria City Sports Club
  • Ruatoria United
  • Tokararangi
  • Tokomaru Bay United
  • Tikirau Victory Club (TVC)
  • Uawa Sports
  • Waiapu
  • Waima

Championships[edit]

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 Division[edit]

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

2000 NPC 3rd Division[edit]

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

Heartland Championship placings[edit]

Heartland Championship Results[2]
Year Played Win Draw Loss PF PA Diff BP Points Place Playoffs
2012 8 7 - 1 230 177 +53 3 31 1st Beat North Otago 26-15 (Semi Final), beat Wanganui 29-27 (Meads Cup)
2011 8 6 - 2 189 198 -9 3 27 3rd Beat North Otago 23-17 (Semi Final), lost to Wanganui 10-30 (Meads Cup)
2010 8 - - 8 96 384 -288 1 1 12th -
2009 8 1 - 7 87 337 -250 - 4 11th -
2008 8 - - 8 50 306 -256 - 0 12th -
2007 8 2 - 6 130 210 -70 3 11 11th -
2006 8 1 - 7 111 244 -133 2 6 11th -

2012 Heartland Championship[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "East Coast comeback overwhelms Whanganui". October 27, 2012. Retrieved 2012-10-29. 
  2. ^ "Heartland Championship Tables". Lassen Creative Technologies Ltd. Retrieved 8 May 2006. 

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