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 1963
(Founded, 1921; Affiliated, 1922)
COLOURS: SKY BLUE
Selectors: Messrs. P.Sayers, Wm.Rickard and David McClutchie.
Had this Union been able to place its strongest XV in the field regularly, it would without doubt have achieved a more attractive record than that of one victory in five matches. When it is realised that 33 players were called on to participate in these five matches, and that only three players appeared on all occasions it will be appreciated that a small Union faced an impossible task in attempting to produce this number of top Rugby players.
The most impressive backs were Hooper, a clever and experienced first five-eighth, T.M.Reedy a classy centre, Watson, strong attacker and defender, Karauria, useful winger, and the new five-eighth, de Lautour. The forwards were never able to stand out as a pack, 18 different players appearing. Most impressive were the props, two vigorous bustling players in Shelford and Ashton, Tamati, a lock, A.D.Reedy, as last man down, and side-ranker Ngatai.
There were ten players new to representative Rugby, Jackson having represented Wellington and Moeke, Bay of Plenty in 1960, in which year Kaika, Tamati, George Walker and Kururangi had last appeared for East Coast.
Of the previous season’s team, J.M.Paea was in Petone, and represented Tai Hauauru as a Wellington representative in the Prince of Wales Cup challenge.
|0224||Karere ‘Babbie’ ‘Babs’ Henare||Loose Forward, Lock||1|
|0250||Hemara ‘Bo’ Kururangi||First Five, Winger||1|
|0272||E.R.’Knox’ Karaka||Centre, Fullback||1|
|0282||Bruce Allan Watson||Centre||3|
|0287||George Kiwa Walker||Lock, Prop||3|
|0292||John Jacob Moeke||Centre||1|
|0298||Rangituatini ‘Tene’ Henare||Prop||1|
|0307||Tamati Muturangi Reedy||Fullback, Winger||5|
|0308||David John Hooper||First Five, Fullback||5|
|0325||Waiheke P.M. Kaika||Hooker||1|
|0326||Alex D. Reedy||Loose Forward||3|
|0327||Walter C. Ackroyd||Winger||2|
|0333||Roger John Lougher||Fullback||2|
|0336||John Lima Manuel||Loose Forward, Lock||2|
|0337||Terence E.R. Murphy||Hooker||3|
|0343||Peter A. Karauria||Utility Back||4|
|0345||David Leeson McIntosh||Winger||3|
|0349||Frederick Jackson||Loose Forward||4|
|0351||George William Mackey||Forward||1|
|0352||John Robert de Lautour||First Five||2|
|0354||John M. Lima||Forward||1|