Wairarapa Bush Rugby Football Union

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Wairarapa Bush
Wairarapa Bush Rugby Logo.png
Club information
Full name Wairarapa Bush Rugby Football Union
Website [1]
Colours Green and Red
Founded 1971; 44 years ago (1971)
Current details
  • Memorial Park
Coach(s) New Zealand Josh Syms
Competition Heartland Championship

The Wairarapa Bush Rugby Football Union was formed in 1971 with the amalgamation of the Wairarapa Rugby Football Union and Bush Rugby Football Union.

The Wairarapa Bush team play in the Heartland Championship from Memorial Park, Masterton, and they were the inaugural winners of the Meads Cup after beating Wanganui 16-14 on 21 October 2006.


Wairarapa Bush won the 2nd division North Island in 1981, 3rd division in 2005 and the Meads Cup in 2006.

Heartland Championship placings[edit]

Heartland Championship Results[1]
Year Played Win Draw Loss PF PA Diff BP Points Place Playoffs
2005 8 7 0 1 211 130 +81 3 31 1st beat 25-19 North Otago, beat Wanganui 16-14 (Meads Cup)

Ranfurly Shield[edit]

Wairarapa Bush have never held the Ranfurly Shield but Wairarapa held the shield in 1927, 1928 and 1950. Wairarapa Bush were beaten 96-10 by Canterbury in a Ranfurly Shield challenge in July 2006.

Wairarapa Bush in Super Rugby[edit]

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

All Blacks[edit]

There have only been six players selected for the All Blacks whilst playing their club rugby in Wairarapa Bush.


Wairarapa Bush Rugby Football Union is made up of 13 clubs, from north to south:

  • Puketoi
  • Bush
  • Eketahuna
  • East Coast
  • Pioneer
  • Marist
  • Masterton Red Star
  • Carterton
  • Gladstone
  • Greytown
  • Featherston
  • Martinborough
  • Tuhirangi


  1. ^ "Heartland Championship Tables". Lassen Creative Technologies Ltd. Retrieved 8 May 2006. 

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