Year by Year ~ 1966 ~

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


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1966

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

Players 1966

      Position PL
0250 Placeholder Hemara ‘Bo’ Kururangi First Five, Winger 4
0258 Placeholder Tuta Wanui Taare Scrumhalf 8
0323 Placeholder Martin Haua Winger 5
0326 Placeholder Alex D. Reedy Loose Forward 8
0336 Placeholder John Lima Manuel Loose Forward, Lock 8
0337 Placeholder Terence E.R. Murphy Hooker 7
0361 Placeholder Thomas Edwin ‘Tom’ Sinel Lock 8
0369 Placeholder John Thomas Grayson Centre 7
0375 Placeholder David H. Walker Hooker, Prop 7
0376 Placeholder Dr.Tutere ’Doc’ Wi Repa Flanker 6 (2)
0379 Placeholder Barry Keith Andzue Forward 1 (1)
0381 Placeholder A.J. ‘Arthur’ Cross Centre 3
0382 Placeholder Kenneth Cambrig Gilvray Utility Back 2
0384 Placeholder R. Turoa Pohatu First Five, Winger 1
0388 Placeholder Puni Nepe Flanker 5
0389 Placeholder Haupai H. Henare Fullback 5 (2)
0390 Placeholder T.M.’Charlie’ Keelan Winger 1
0391 Placeholder Victor John Takarangi First Five, Fullback 6
0392 Placeholder Mataauru Henare Loose Forward 2
0393 Placeholder Hamish R. ‘Bill’ Stewart Prop 8
0394 Placeholder Douglas J. Crarer Winger 7 (1)
0395 Placeholder Parekura ‘Paddy’ McClutchie First Five 3
0396 Placeholder Barry Stuart Colbert Hooker, Prop 7
0397 Placeholder Stewart Rangiuaia First Five 4 (1)
0398 Placeholder Amster Reedy First Five 1
0399 Placeholder Winston Waititi Centre, Loose Forward 2
0400 Placeholder Steven Waenga First Five, Scrumhalf 1