Year by Year ~ 1963 ~

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 1964

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

Selectors: Messrs. P.Sayers, P.Yates and David McClutchie

With only a single victory to set against losses in the remaining games, East Coast found it difficult to place a sufficiently strong side in the field, and again this year required 33 players to meet seven opponents. The pack wanted in weight, the heavy losses in most matches being due mainly to its failure to win the ball. In the loose, forwards such as Jackson, Lima, Reedy and Mannel were quite effective, The hookers were Shelford or Murphy; Tamati and a new representative, Sinel, were the regular locks; Walker was a lively prop. Brown was an experienced half-back; Hooper very sound and reliable at first five-eighth. With more opportunities on attack P.T.Karaka could have impressed more. The centre was usually the young and highly promising Milner; Fox was a lively winger; K.E.R.Karaka remained a full-back of more than average ability. A severe loss was the departure of T.M.Reedy to Thames Valley. P.T.Karaka and R.Ngata had last represented in 1960, Haua in 1959 and Maxwell in 1958.

Players 1963

      Position PL
0224 Karere ‘Babbie’ 'Babs' Henare Loose Forward, Lock 1
0264 Placeholder Thomas Tamati Lock 6
0272 Placeholder E.R.'Knox' Karaka Centre, Fullback 7
0276 Placeholder Thomas Shelford Prop 6
0277 Placeholder Busby Brown Scrumhalf 6
0287 Placeholder George Kiwa Walker Lock, Prop 5
0291 Placeholder Ronald Ngata First Five, Scrumhalf 2
0298 Placeholder Rangituatini 'Tene’ Henare Prop 3
0308 Placeholder David John Hooper First Five, Fullback 7
0314 Placeholder Peter Turei Karaka First Five 3 (1)
0322 Placeholder John Maxwell No.8 1
0323 Placeholder Martin Haua Winger 2
0326 Placeholder Alex D. Reedy Loose Forward 5
0336 Placeholder John Lima Manuel Loose Forward, Lock 3 (1)
0337 Placeholder Terence E.R. Murphy Hooker 3
0345 Placeholder David Leeson McIntosh Winger 3
0349 Placeholder Frederick Jackson Loose Forward 6
0350 Placeholder Purewa Ngata Scrumhalf 1
0353 Placeholder D.M. Fox Winger 4
0354 Placeholder John M. Lima Forward 6
0355 Placeholder Harold Williams Forward 1
0356 Placeholder Kevin Michael Cronin First Five 2
0357 Placeholder Garry Newsham Grayson Forward 1
0358 Placeholder Wiremu Mangai Kaa Forward 1
0359 Placeholder James Wynyard Miller Winger 2
0360 Placeholder Henare P.‘Buff' Milner Utility Back 7
0361 Placeholder Thomas Edwin 'Tom' Sinel Lock 7
0362 Placeholder Kahu Stirling Winger 2
0363 Placeholder Kiwi-a-pare Huhu Forward 1
0364 Placeholder Daniel Ruha First Five 3 (2)
0365 Placeholder Te Whakamara 'Mara' Chambers Hooker 1
0366 Placeholder John Kopua Winger 1
0367 Placeholder Kevin Bruce Davies First Five 1 (1)