Horowhenua-Kapiti Rugby Football Union

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Horowhenua-Kapiti
Horowhenua kapiti logo.JPG
Club information
Full name Horowhenua-Kapiti Rugby Football Union Inc.
Website Official Website
Colours Red, White, Blue
Founded 1893
Current details
Ground(s)
Competition Heartland Championship

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.

Heartland Championship[edit]

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, the union's only major honour to date.

Heartland Championship Placings[edit]

A summary of Horowhenua-Kapiti's placings in the Heartland Championship is shown below:

Heartland Championship Results[1][2][3][4]
Year Pld W D L PF PA PD BP Pts Place Playoffs
Qual Semifinal Final
2006 8 2 1 5 163 257 −94 3 13 6th No
2007 8 1 0 7 164 260 −96 2 6 12th No
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
2009 8 4 0 4 193 166 +27 3 19 5th No
2010 8 3 0 5 167 186 −19 3 15 8th Lochore Cup Lost 14–19 to Buller
2011 8 1 0 7 98 326 −228 1 5 12th No
2012 8 2 0 6 124 238 −114 1 9 12th No
2013 8 1 0 7 141 182 −41 6 10 11th No
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

Ranfurly Shield History[edit]

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.[5] 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.

Other Teams[edit]

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.[6]

Horowhenua-Kapiti in Super Rugby[edit]

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.[7]

Clubs[edit]

The union currently has ten member clubs, listed below. Foxton are the oldest club in the union, having been established in 1880, however it was not a permanent affiliate of the union until 1911.[8]

  • Athletic RFC
  • College Old Boys RFC
  • Foxton RFC
  • Levin Wanderers RFC
  • Paraparaumu RFC
  • Rahui RFC
  • Shannon RFC
  • Toa RFC
  • Waikanae RFC

All Blacks[edit]

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.

References[edit]

  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. ^ "Rugby: Spirited visitors have no answer". The New Zealand Herald. 2007-07-15. Retrieved 2007-07-15. 
  6. ^ "High Performance Unit". Retrieved 2013-07-12. 
  7. ^ "Provincial Rugby Support for Hurricanes as Horowhenua invests". The New Zealand Herald. 2013-07-11. Retrieved 2013-07-12. 
  8. ^ "History". Retrieved 2013-07-12. 

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