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 1967
(Founded, 1921; Affiliated, 1922)
COLOURS: SKY BLUE
Selectors: Messrs. Moeraki Reedy. Whare Crawford and Ed. Baker.
Lack of opportunity lo train together and in some cases a shortage of Club matches, were factors militating against an effective representative XV. Teamwork suffered as a result, and the fact that again 27 players were called on was a further handicap. All eight matches, six of them at home, were lost during the season, and East Coast have new lost 26 consecutive games since June, 1963. The captain, Stewart, who had last appeared with Bay of Plenty in 1963, enjoyed a very good personal season, and tried hard to enthuse his team. The hard core of the side was the “old brigade” Sinel (lock), A.D.Reedy (side-ranker), and Manuel (No.8), all of whom, as well as Stewart and veteran half-back, Taare, played in all eight matches. Walker (prop) and Murphy (the hooker) were experienced players who missed only one match, with a new representative, Colbert, a lock, also making seven appearances.
Grayson, still only 21 years old but who had previously represented in 1964, was the best back, and only lack of opportunity through want of ball limited his effectiveness. The recall of Kururangi, whose last appearance was in 1962, was justified by results, and Haua remained a reliable winger.
A new representative. Crarer, improved during the season. H.H.Henare, who had moved from Poverty Bay, was a disappointment, and was replaced by Takarangi, who improved considerably with experience, Of the others, McClutchie had represented Poverty Bay in 1963, whilst Waenga who made his debut in the final match is only 16 years of age and (also became the 400th player to represent the East Coast) and showed promise.
Another newcomer, prop forward Mataauru Henare, displayed ability and promise too; he is the fourth brother to play for the Union.
Of the previous season’s side, H.P.Milner had joined the Army and played for Wanganui. Stewart, Taare, Grayson, Murphy and Colbert had games with the Combined Poverty Bay – East Coast team.
- Wed 21 Sep 1966 NPEC 13 - 17 Wellington XV Representative
- Sat 17 Sep 1966 NPEC 14 - 16 Thames Valley Representative
- Sat 03 Sep 1966 NPEC 09 - 15 Horowhenua-Kapiti Representative
- Sat 27 Aug 1966 NPEC 15 - 17 Auckland XV Representative
- Sat 09 Jul 1966 NPEC 11 - 23 Poverty Bay Representative
- Wed 22 Jun 1966 Hawkes Bay 44 - 09 NPEC Representative
- Sat 18 Jun 1966 Bay of Plenty 50 - 09 NPEC Representative
- Mon 06 Jun 1966 Poverty Bay 22 - 06 NPEC Representative
|0250||Hemara ‘Bo’ Kururangi||First Five, Winger||4|
|0258||Tuta Wanui Taare||Scrumhalf||8|
|0326||Alex D. Reedy||Loose Forward||8|
|0336||John Lima Manuel||Loose Forward, Lock||8|
|0337||Terence E.R. Murphy||Hooker||7|
|0361||Thomas Edwin ‘Tom’ Sinel||Lock||8|
|0369||John Thomas Grayson||Centre||7|
|0375||David H. Walker||Hooker, Prop||7|
|0376||Dr.Tutere ’Doc’ Wi Repa||Flanker||6 (2)|
|0379||Barry Keith Andzue||Forward||1 (1)|
|0381||A.J. ‘Arthur’ Cross||Centre||3|
|0382||Kenneth Cambrig Gilvray||Utility Back||2|
|0384||R. Turoa Pohatu||First Five, Winger||1|
|0389||Haupai H. Henare||Fullback||5 (2)|
|0391||Victor John Takarangi||First Five, Fullback||6|
|0392||Mataauru Henare||Loose Forward||2|
|0393||Hamish R. ‘Bill’ Stewart||Prop||8|
|0394||Douglas J. Crarer||Winger||7 (1)|
|0395||Parekura ‘Paddy’ McClutchie||First Five||3|
|0396||Barry Stuart Colbert||Hooker, Prop||7|
|0397||Stewart Rangiuaia||First Five||4 (1)|
|0398||Amster Reedy||First Five||1|
|0399||Winston Waititi||Centre, Loose Forward||2|
|0400||Steven Waenga||First Five, Scrumhalf||1|