West Coast Rugby Football Union

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West Coast
West Coast Logo.jpg
Club information
Full name West Coast Rugby Football Union
Website westcoastrfu.com
Colours Red and White
Founded 1890
Current details
Competition Heartland Championship

The West Coast Rugby Football Union, formed in 1890, is the official governing body for rugby union in a substantial part of the West Coast region of New Zealand and is affiliated to the New Zealand Rugby Union. The team is based in Greymouth and plays home matches at Rugby Park.. In 2011 they launched their new Official website at http://westcoastrfu.com

Representative Rugby[edit]

The West Coast team play from Rugby Park, Greymouth and in the 2006 season are in Pool A of the Heartland Championship. They are bottom qualifiers for the Championship as they finished last in the 3rd division in 2005.

West Coast in Super Rugby[edit]

West Coast along with Canterbury, Tasman, Buller, Mid Canterbury and South Canterbury make up the Crusaders Super Rugby franchise.


West Coast Rugby Football Union is made up of 6 clubs:

  • Blaketown
  • Grey Valley
  • Kiwi
  • Marist
  • South Westland
  • Wests

All Blacks[edit]

There have seven players selected for the All Blacks whilst playing their club rugby in the West Coast.


West Coast have yet to win a Provincial Championship, but they are consistently improving in the Heartland Championship. From 2006 where they finished 12th, to 2008 when they made the Meads Cup semifinal they are improving their performance year by year.

Heartland Championship placings[edit]

Heartland Championship Results[1]
Year Played Win Draw Loss PF PA Diff BP Points Place Playoffs
2006 8 1 0 7 136 266 -130 2 6 12th
2007 8 4 0 4 155 192 -37 1 17 9th lost to South Canterbury 31-23 (semifinal)
2008 8 3 0 5 122 146 -24 3 21 4th lost to Wanganui 40-18 (semifinal)

Ranfurly Shield[edit]

West Coast have never held the Ranfurly Shield. West Coasts Ranfurly Shield challenges:

  • 27-8-1932 Canterbury 5 West Coast 3 (L.T.Martyn try)
  • 2-9-1933 Canterbury 23 West Coast
  • 7-9-1935 Canterbury 16 West Coast 11 (E.Pfahlert, R.R.King tries, L.T.Martyn two penalties, one conversion)
  • 26-9-1936 Otago 30 West Coast 0
  • 20-9-1952 Waikato 20 West Coast 6 (A.J.Lindbom two penalties)
  • 11-9-1954 Canterbury 8 West Coast 0
  • 24-9-1955 Canterbury 20 West Coast 11 (F.W.Gugich, R.N.Inkster tries, A.A.McNabb one penalty, one conversion)
  • 25-8-1962 Auckland 52 West Coast 6 (T.N.McAra drop goal, J.M.Earthorne one penalty)
  • 16-9-1972 Canterbury 47 West Coast 3 (R.Nelson one penalty)
  • 27-7-1974 Marlborough 18 West Coast 0
  • 29-7-1978 Manawatu 51 West Coast 10 (C.R.Skates try, A.F.Kissick two penalties)
  • 25-8-1984 Canterbury 68 West Coast 3 (G.Cook drop goal)
  • 4-7-2000 Waikato 99 West Coast 3 (M.Foster one penalty)

Rundle Cup[edit]

The Rundle Cup is contested by the West Coast and Buller when they meet in senior fixtures. The Rundle Cup is currently held by the West Coast who won it in 2009 after Buller had held it for four years.


  1. ^ "Heartland Championship Tables". Lassen Creative Technologies Ltd. Retrieved 8 May 2006. 
  • The Shield by Lindsay Knight

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