Richmond Rovers

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Richmond Rovers
Club information
Full name Richmond Rovers Rugby League Club
Nickname(s) The Bulldogs
Founded 1913
Current details
  • Grey Lynn Park
Coach Henri Nicholls and Henry Solomona
Premierships 1934, 1935, 1937, 1940, 1946, 1949, 1951, 1955, 1956, 1979, 1980
Minor premiership 1947, 1948, 1949, 1951, 1955, 1956, 1980, 2000, 2001
Roope Rooster 1926, 1927, 1933, 1934, 1938, 1940, 1942, 1949, 1969, 1976, 1990, 2006
Stormont Shield 1934, 1935, 1936, 1938, 1946, 1949, 1956, 1976, 1979, 1980, 2007, 2008
Sharman Cup 1953, 1972, 1983, 2008

The Richmond Rovers Rugby League Club is a rugby league club based in Grey Lynn, New Zealand. The premier team is called the Richmond Bulldogs and compete in Auckland Rugby League's Fox Memorial competition.

Early history[edit]

The club was formed in 1913 by employees at Mr. B. W. Davis' Boot Factory and Elliott's, following a scratch game in 1912. The club was originally affiliated with the Eden Ramblers club.[1]

In 1883 the land surrounding Grey Lynn Park was subdivided and the houses were built. The area that is now Grey Lynn Park was too steep and to build houses on and so, in 1914, the area was drained and flattened so sport could be played. Flood lights were installed at the park in the 1950s.[1]

Bartercard Cup[edit]

The Richmond club were involved in the Bartercard Cup as a joint venture with the Marist Saints between 2000 and 2005. This team was called the Marist Richmond Brothers.

Notable players[edit]

48 Richmond Juniors have played for the New Zealand Kiwis including Nigel Vagana, Fred Ah Kuoi, Steve Matai, David Solomona and Evarn Tuimavave. In addition 19 women have represented the New Zealand Women's team.[2]

Other Warriors such as Tevita Latu, Steve Matai, Sam Lousi, Sione Lousi, John Palavi, Wayne McDade, Daniel Vasau, Evarn Tuimavave, Faavae Kalolo, & Malo Solomona are also Richmond juniors.

American actor Geno Segers had a stint with the club.[3]

A team of the century was named in 2013, and consisted of: 1. Bert Cooke, 2. Nigel Vagana, 3. Tom Baxter, 4. Maurie Robertson, 5. Vern Bakalich, 6. Fred Ah Kuoi, 7. Shane Varley, 8. Joe Vagana, 9. John Lasher, 10. Cliff Johnson (c), 11. Jim Riddell, 12. Se'e Solomona and 13. Raymond Williams.[4][1]


  1. ^ a b c Club history
  2. ^ Roll of Honour Richmond Bulldogs Official Website
  3. ^ Geno Seger's Bio at Disney XD Archived July 10, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Team of the Century

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