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2006 Status:
Heartland.Championship
Founded 1888 – Affiliated 1892
President:
W.D.Coogan
Chairman:
D.R.Hoskin
Chief.Executive.Officer:
H.A.R.Elgar
Coach:
M.D.Haig
Assistant Coach:
G.R.J.Lennox, J.M.Caskey
Main ground:
Cooks Gardens , Wanganui
Capacity:
15,000
Colours:
Royal Blue, Black and White

As Wanganui marched unbeaten through the championship rounds they emerged as the best balanced team in the contest and favourites for the Meads Cup trophy. However, in the final at Wanganui, against Wairarapa Bush, the visitors took advantage of the wind and had built a 16-0 lead by halftime. Wanganui replied in the second half with two tries to come back to 14-16 behind and the final minutes were played in desperation, Wanganui trying to score the winning points before the whistle sounded and Wairarapa Bush defending valiantly. The elements were not kind for open rugby, it was a hard slog and Wanganui came up short in the end. But it had been an excellent season for Wanganui and the style of play revitalized support for the team. Milton Haigs reputation as an astute coach had grown significantly by season’s end.

Halfback Denning Tyrell led the team with Leon Mason at first five-eighth and the solid pairing of Steelie Koro and Logan Vaughan in midfield.These players distributed the ball quickly to the team’s most potent try scorers — the threequarters. Pati Fetuia equalled the union record for a season with 14 tries, Asaeli Tikoirotuma scored nine and dangerous running fullback Alena Ateria scored seven. It was crowd pleasing rugby and other backs also made valuable contributions – Brendan Bartley, Qio Vucago and Amini Niukula.

Brett Turner and Cole Baldwin were the hookers used with Mike Thompson and Sheldon O‘Hagan solid props. Andrew Slight and Michael Fitzgerald were the regular locks. A trio of hard Taihape farmers in Matthew Gilbert, Peter Rowe and Daniel Aldworth formed an uncompromising loose forward trio and Rowe and Aldworth were rewarded, along with four other members, with selection for the Heartland XV to Argentina.

Higher honours went to:

New Zealand Heartland:Aldworth, Mason, O’Hagan, Rowe,Thompson,Vaughan.


2006 Results

21 Oct, 5:00 pm H Wairarapa-Bush Heartland Championship - Meads Cup Final 14 - 16
14 Oct, 5:00 pm H Mid Canterbury Heartland Championship (S/F) Meads Cup 30 - 17
07 Oct, 5:00 pm H Wairarapa-Bush Heartland Championship - Meads Cup 28 - 22
30 Sep, 5:00 pm A North Otago Heartland Championship - Meads Cup 37 - 49
23 Sep, 5:00 pm H Mid Canterbury Heartland Championship - Meads Cup 46 - 08
16 Sep, 5:00 pm A Poverty Bay Heartland Championship 30 - 41
09 Sep, 5:00 pm H Sth Canterbury Heartland Championship 11 - 05
02 Sep, 5:00 pm H Horo-Kapiti Heartland Championship 46 - 03
26 Aug, 5:00 pm A King Country Heartland Championship 23 - 23
19 Aug, 5:00 pm H Thames Valley Heartland Championship 65 - 18


APPEARANCES For Wanganui RFU (2006)

2006 Players

  Name   Position PL
Placeholder Amini Niukula 0
Placeholder Asalemo 'Ace' Malo Fullback, Winger 0
Placeholder Cole Baldwin Hooker 0
Placeholder Dan Aldworth 0
Placeholder Dan Clavelle 0
Placeholder Greg Fleming 0
Placeholder Jaco Barendse 0
Placeholder Logan Vaughan 0
Placeholder Peter Rowe Flanker 0
Placeholder Ricky Alabaster 0
Placeholder Robert Hughes 0
Placeholder Steelie Koro Five Eighth 0
Placeholder Terry Tanoa 0
Placeholder Willie Kabakaba 0