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; 45 years ago (1971)
Current details
Ground(s)
Coach(s) New Zealand Josh Syms
Competition Heartland Championship
2015 4th, Meads Cup Semi-Finalist

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. They were the inaugural winners of the Meads Cup after beating Wanganui 16-14 on 21 October 2006.

Championships[edit]

Wairarapa Bush won the 2nd division North Island in 1981, 3rd division in 2005 and the Heartland Championship Meads Cup in 2006 and Lochore Cup in 2010.

Heartland Championship placings[edit]

Heartland Championship results[1][2][3][4]
Year Pld W D L PF PA PD BP Pts Place Playoffs
Qual Semifinal Final
2006 8 7 0 1 211 130 +81 3 31 1st Meads Cup Won 25-19 against North Otago Won 16–14 against Wanganui
2007 8 5 0 3 196 131 +65 3 23 4th Meads Cup Lost 13–30 to North Otago
2008 8 3 0 5 202 194 +8 7 19 3rd Lochore Cup Lost 17–37 to Horowhenua-Kapiti
2009 8 3 0 5 155 142 +13 5 17 6th No
2010 6 2 0 4 129 186 −57 3 11 2nd Lochore Cup Won 21–17 against King Country Won 15–9 against Buller
2011 8 1 0 7 156 231 −75 4 8 10th No
2012 8 6 0 2 219 130 +89 4 28 3rd Meads Cup Lost 20–23 against Wanganui
2013 8 6 0 2 203 144 +59 4 28 3rd Meads Cup Lost 34–48 to North Otago
2014 8 1 1 6 151 238 −87 3 9 11th No
2015 8 4 0 4 238 192 +46 7 23 4th Meads Cup Lost 21–25 to South Canterbury

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. In July 2015 Wairarapa Bush challenged Hawke's Bay for the Shield but were defeated 58–7.[5]

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.

Clubs[edit]

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

See also[edit]

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. ^ Bidwell, Hamish (9 July 2015). "Hawke's Bay see off Wairarapa-Bush to retain Ranfurly Shield". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 12 April 2016. 

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