Year by Year ~ 1965 ~

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 1966

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

Selectors: Messrs. E.Baker, W.Crawford and W.Stewart

A shortage of quality players again made the selection of the East Coast side a problem. All the matches were lost, some by wide margins, and the results were most unhappy to those who have given so much effort to building up the Union. It is a pity for the players, too, some of them deserving of much better opportunities than they were able to receive – only four tries were registered in the five matches, and the role was largely a defensive one. Another difficulty is in team-building, for of the 32 players who represented in 1964, twelve of them for the first time, only 13 were again called upon, whilst a further eight made then first appearance. A loss was the transfer of Frederick Jackson to Manawatu.

The leading back players were “Veteran” Hooper, good winger Haua, the young and promising Milner (who is such a fine attacking centre when given a chance), five-eighth newcomer, 18yr old Cross, and half-back Taare. The scrum was usually composed of the 1959 Thames Valley player , Penetito, at No.8, Whakataka and Manuel as locks, Wi Repa and Reedy in the flanks, and a front row of Walker and Henare, or Shelford, as props, the hooker being Murphy.

Karere Henare, Kopua and Miller had previously represented East Coast in 1963, in which year Reeves had played for Poverty Bay. Hooper, Haua, Milner, Taare, Cross and Wi Repa played the Combined team that met South Africa in the opening match its tour, with Penetito, Walker and Murphy being members of the New Zealand selection, played for New Zealand Juniors, and in the Prince of Wales Cup match.

1965 Results

Wed 25 Aug 14:30 Representative NPEC v Auckland XV 03 - 36
Thu 05 Aug 14:30 Representative NPEC v Hawkes Bay 09 - 27
Mon 07 Jun 14:30 Representative Poverty Bay v NPEC 23 - 14
Sat 29 May 14:30 Representative NPEC v Bay of Plenty 03 - 31
Sat 15 May 14:30 Representative NPEC v Poverty Bay 06 - 08

Players 1965

      Position PL
0224 Karere ‘Babbie’ 'Babs' Henare Loose Forward, Lock 2
0258 Placeholder Tuta Wanui Taare Scrumhalf 3
0276 Placeholder Thomas Shelford Prop 2 (1)
0298 Placeholder Rangituatini 'Tene’ Henare Prop 5
0308 Placeholder David John Hooper First Five, Fullback 5
0323 Placeholder Martin Haua Winger 3
0326 Placeholder Alex D. Reedy Loose Forward 5
0330 Placeholder M.T. ‘Tiger' Whakataka Forward 3
0336 Placeholder John Lima Manuel Loose Forward, Lock 5
0337 Placeholder Terence E.R. Murphy Hooker 4
0359 Placeholder James Wynyard Miller Winger 1 (1)
0360 Placeholder Henare P.‘Buff' Milner Utility Back 4
0366 Placeholder John Kopua Winger 1
0374 Placeholder Peter Robert Gibson First Five 4
0375 Placeholder David H. Walker Hooker, Prop 4
0376 Placeholder Dr.Tutere ’Doc’ Wi Repa Flanker 4
0379 Placeholder Barry Keith Andzue Forward 1
0380 Placeholder S.T. Puha Winger 3
0381 Placeholder A.J. 'Arthur' Cross Centre 5
0382 Placeholder Kenneth Cambrig Gilvray Utility Back 3
0383 Placeholder Robert ‘Bob’ Penetito Loose Forward 4
0384 Placeholder R. Turoa Pohatu First Five, Winger 2 (1)
0385 Placeholder Andrew Roderick 'Rod' Reeves Centre 1
0386 Placeholder John H. Te K. Clarke Scrumhalf 2
0387 Placeholder Hatfield Kutia Hooker, Prop 1
0388 Placeholder Puni Nepe Flanker 1