Year by Year ~ 1959 ~

We hope you enjoy this look back as we look forward to many more years of recording the history of Ngati Porou East Coast Rugby Union. We acknowledge all the information from the NZ “Rugby Almanack” Series from the season’s 1934 through to 2019 and appreciate their hard and dedicated work in providing this detailed history. – Web Admin – Information Sourced from the NZ Rugby Almanack 1960


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1959

(Founded, 1921; Affiliated, 1922)
Headquarters: Ruatoria.
COLOURS: SKY BLUE

Selectors: Messrs. C.Calder, D.McClutchie and W.Rickard

Maintaining the excellent form displayed during the previous seasons, East Coast was again a well-equipped side. Once more Poverty Bay was defeated in both matches, a fact that caused the suggestion to be made, for what it is worth, that the next match by the combined Unions against a visiting side should be at Ruatoria instead of at Gisborne. As it happened the XV that gave British Isles such a hectic and exciting contest at Gisborne contained nine East Coasters, five backs – K.E.R.Karaka, T.M.Reedy, Watson, Hooper and Taare, and four forwards – J.L.Karaka, Paea, Tamati and Rickard. Reedy’s two tries in this match, and the manner of his scoring them should have won him further attention. Watson, too, was splendid at centre – he has now retired, and K.E.R.Karaka, when in form, a grand fullback. In the forwards, the main attribute was the ability to play together as a pack. J.L.Karaka was again a very fast loose forward and a grand tackler; K.Henare at No.8 was captain; Paea and Tamati, a weighty pair of locks; Rickard was on one side, with R.Henare and Shelford the props, and Kokiri the hooker.

Of the 25 players who represented, only four were newcomers. Seventeen of the others had played for East Coast the previous season. P.T.Karaka and K.Henare had last represented in 1957, Manuel in 1956, and Green in 1955.

K.E.R. and J.L.Karaka, T.M.Reedy and Kururangi played in the regional Trial at Napier, but none were given a further Trial. J.L.Karaka represented New Zealand Maoris, with T.M.Reed, Tamati and Paea, also playing in the Trials at Rotorua.

Players 1959

      Position PL
0221 Walter Materite Peachey Prop 2
0224 Karere ‘Babbie’ ‘Babs’ Henare Loose Forward, Lock 5
0250 Placeholder Hemara ‘Bo’ Kururangi First Five, Winger 6
0256 Placeholder H.M. ‘John’ Paea Flanker, Lock 5
0258 Placeholder Tuta Wanui Taare Scrumhalf 3
0264 Placeholder Thomas Tamati Lock 7
0265 Placeholder Reweti Te R. Green Winger 4 (1)
0272 Placeholder E.R.’Knox’ Karaka Centre, Fullback 7
0276 Placeholder Thomas Shelford Prop 7
0282 Placeholder Bruce Allan Watson Centre 5
0292 Placeholder John Jacob Moeke Centre 2
0298 Placeholder Rangituatini ‘Tene’ Henare Prop 6
0302 Placeholder Joseph Manuel First Five 1 (1)
0307 Placeholder Tamati Muturangi Reedy Fullback, Winger 7
0308 Placeholder David John Hooper First Five, Fullback 7
0314 Placeholder Peter Turei Karaka First Five 1
0317 Placeholder J.L. Karaka Flanker 6
0319 Placeholder Mauheru Kokiri Hooker 6
0320 Placeholder Victor Claude Rickard Loose Forward 7
0321 Placeholder Mokena Pahoe Awarau Scrumhalf 5
0322 Placeholder John Maxwell No.8 3
0323 Placeholder Martin Haua Winger 1
0324 Placeholder George Pomana Hauraki Centre 3 (1)
0325 Placeholder Waiheke P.M. Kaika Hooker 1
0326 Placeholder Alex D. Reedy Loose Forward 1