New Zealand Rugby History


Welcome to New Zealand's Rugby History

This website has been a passion for a rugby follower (and ex player, ex referee & administrator).
The cost has been over $80k and if anyone out there could help with suggestions as to how to help with future funding to continue to grow the features on the site (especially getting the team & club photos scanned) - it would be appreciated.

Endorsements: Grant Hassall, Hamish Forsman, John Dustow, Dave Hall.

Email Endorsements received

Instead of a book, this history is made available for you, on this publicly accessible website, so that it can updated after each year's competitions have concluded.

It is the story of the people who make this great game of ours so important in every community throughout New Zealand.

It is a record of every player, coach & referee who has participated in at least one 'first class' game.

Everything on this site dates from 1976, which was the start of the NPC.
(Once all the material is up to date we will start recording previous years.)

There is provision for you to Search for any player, referee or coach. This function even allows you to search by Province or Super 15 Franchise or even by club (for a player).

This history includes the following:

A): Details on all Super 15 franchises and all NZ Provincial unions plus the clubs in each Province. This includes their website address, major officials, coaches, team squads and other helpful information, including betting odds from NZ, Australia & Sth Africa.

B): The full results of all Players, all All Black games, all Super 15 franchise games ALL UPDATED to 2015, all Provincial games whether they were NPC (now known as the ITM Cup and Heartland Championship) or friendly (non-championship) games between provinces.
These results show whether the game was 'Home' or 'Away', the points scorers & the referee.

C): Statistical data for each of the teams.
In the case of the provinces it is separated into NPC/ITM cup games & non championship games.
This provides a summary - by year - of number of games played, won, lost & drawn; points for & against & averages; and number of tries, conversions, penalties & drop-kicks plus the average per game.
A great way to compare each year against the others.

D): An alphabetical list of every All Black who played from 1976 onwards.

E): An alphabetical list of every NZ provincial player up to 2015 (now over 12,000) the teams they played for & in what seasons, plus their clubs. Also being recorded is the positions they played, the no of games they played and the points they scored in each season. (To date this information is recorded up to 2014.)

F): An alphabetical list of every Super rugby player including NZ, Australian & Sth African (over 1,400 players from Sth Africa & Australia) teams showing who they played for & in what seasons plus their international careers (where appropriate).

G): An alphabetical list of every NZ referee (over 1,400) and the "first class" games they officiated including NPC/ITM Cup, Super Rugby & Internationals.

H): An alphabetical list of every coach (over 360) & captain of a NZ team, whether it be All Blacks, Super franchise or Provincial team.
(The coaches have their achievements recorded too also up to 2014.)

I): Additional Statistical data currently available for the Super franchise teams, only.
This shows: for & against records (Wins, Losses, Draws plus average points, whether 1-12 or 13+) against all other teams. (Long-term it is planned to have it for the Provincial teams too.)

Eventually the site will include team photos and clubroom photos.

The author of this history is Kerry Geertson.
He can be contacted at

Acknowledgements: My thanks to the authors of the many NZ Rugby Almanacks which I have been able to use for much of the information, especially to Geoff Miller & Clive Akers. A special mention for the NZ Rugby Register compiled by Clive.
Others that have helped, particularly with names for the players from their areas are:
Lee Ashton from Otago, Grant Hassall from Taranaki, Ray Armstrong from Northland, Doone Harrison from East Coast, John Ham from King Country, Gerald De Castro from Horowhenua Kapiti, Colin Morgan from Mid Canterbury, Terry O'Neill from Nth Otago, Jeremy Sutherland from Sth Canterbury, Hamish Forsman from Waikato, Kelly Plummer from Thames Vly, Matthew McQuilkin from King Country, John Phillips from Wanganui, Gary Hibbard from Wairarapa Bush & John Knowles from Manawatu. Dave Hall from Hamilton has helped with duplications.

Please don't hesitate to tell me if you have an idea for improvement. If it is possible to incorporate your suggestions then I will do it.
If you happen to know the first name of any player, coach or referee that is not currently shown then please let us know, so that the history is complete.