Horowhenua-Kapiti Rugby Football Union
|Full name||Horowhenua-Kapiti Rugby Football Union Inc.|
|Colours||Red, White, Blue|
The Horowhenua-Kapiti Rugby Football Union is the governing body for rugby union in the Horowhenua and Kapiti Coast districts in the Manawatu-Wanganui and Wellington regions. The union was established in 1893 as the Horowhenua Rugby Football Union and was changed to its current name of Horowhenua-Kapiti in 1997, in order to reflect the full extent of the union's districts.
Horowhenua-Kapiti currently compete in the Heartland Championship, an annual competition organised by the New Zealand Rugby Union for New Zealand's amateur unions. The team play out of Levin Domain in Horowhenua. Previously, Horowhenua-Kapiti competed in the lower divisions of the National Provincial Championship. The union won the National Provincial Championship (NPC) Third Division in 1993. In 2018 the union won their second major honour to date, winning the 2018 Lochore Cup Final against Wairarapa Bush 26-23. 2018 was also the union's 125th anniversary, 25 years after their previous title in their centenary year in 1993.
Heartland Championship Placings
A summary of Horowhenua-Kapiti's placings in the Heartland Championship is shown below:
|Heartland Championship Results|
|2008||8||3||2||3||234||174||+60||5||21||7th||Lochore Cup||Won 37–17 against Wairarapa Bush||Lost 5–26 to Poverty Bay|
|2010||8||3||0||5||167||186||−19||3||15||8th||Lochore Cup||Lost 14–19 to Buller||—|
|2014||8||5||2||1||169||121||+48||2||26||4th||Meads Cup||Lost 15–22 to Buller||—|
|2015||8||4||0||4||263||261||+2||7||23||5th||Lochore Cup||Lost 12–57 to North Otago||—|
|2017||8||7||0||1||259||154||+105||4||32||2nd||Meads Cup||Won 18–17 against Buller||Lost 14-30 to Wanganui|
|2018||8||4||0||4||246||251||-5||8||24||5th||Lochore Cup||Won 34-24 against Mid Canterbury||Won 26-23 to Wairarapa Bush|
Ranfurly Shield History
Horowhenua-Kapiti have never held the Ranfurly Shield but had two successful challenges in 1927 when the union was amalgamated with Manawatu as Manawhenua. In 2007 Horowhenua-Kapiti recently had a challenge against North Harbour, but were outclassed throughout the match, losing 99-6. Their following matches would come in 2013 when they suffered an 85–0 loss against Waikato and in 2015 when they lost to Hawke's Bay by a margin of 50–16.
|18 July 2013||Waikato||85–0||Horowhenua-Kapiti||Campbell Park, Morrinsville|
|18:00 (NZST)||Try: Whetu Douglas 2'
Joe Webber (4)
Dylan Collier (2)
Glen Robertson (2)
Con: Trent Renata (6)
Wharenui Hawera (1)
Dylan Collier (1)
|16 July 2015||Hawke's Bay||50–16||Horowhenua-Kapiti||McLean Park, Napier|
|19:35 (NZST)||Try: Joseph Penitito (2)
Con: Tyrone Elkington-MacDonald (4)
Pen: Tyrone Elkington-MacDonald (4)
|Report||Try: Sam Gardner
Con: Perry Hayman (1/1)
Pen: Perry Hayman (3)
|Referee: Paul Williams|
In addition to the Heartland Championship side, the union fields a number of age-grade and women's representative teams, including a High-Performance Unit for local club and school players.
Horowhenua-Kapiti in Super Rugby
Along with Wellington, Wairarapa Bush, Wanganui, Manawatu, Hawke's Bay, Poverty Bay and East Coast, Horowhenua-Kapiti fall within the Hurricanes (formerly Wellington Hurricanes) catchment. In 2013, the union purchased a three percent stake in the company which operates the team, Hurricanes' Investment Ltd, with a $100,000 contribution.
The union currently has nine member clubs, listed below. Foxton is the oldest club in the union, having been established in 1880, however it was not a permanent affiliate of the union until 1911.
- Athletic RFC
- College Old Boys RFC
- Foxton RFC
- Levin Wanderers RFC
- Paraparaumu RFC
- Rahui RFC
- Shannon RFC
- Toa RFC
- Waikanae RFC
There have only been 2 players selected for the All Blacks whilst playing for Horowhenua-Kapiti: H. Jacob and J.F Karam. However, Carlos Spencer played for the union between 1992-1993 before moving to Auckland, and Christian Cullen played for the union in 1994 before moving to Manawatu. Dane Coles and Codie Taylor played their junior rugby in Horowhenua Kapiti making the age grade teams, while Codie Taylor also represented the Horowhenua Kapiti sevens team.
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- "Fixtures and Results (2006–present)". Heartland Championship. Retrieved 13 April 2016.
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- "Rugby: Spirited visitors have no answer". The New Zealand Herald. 2007-07-15. Retrieved 2007-07-15.
- "High Performance Unit". Retrieved 2013-07-12.
- "Provincial Rugby Support for Hurricanes as Horowhenua invests". The New Zealand Herald. 2013-07-11. Retrieved 2013-07-12.
- "History". Retrieved 2013-07-12.