The Poverty Bay Rugby Football Union
, which governs rugby union
Rugby union, often simply referred to as rugby, is a full contact team sport which originated in England in the early 19th century. One of the two codes of rugby football, it is based on running with the ball in hand...
within the Gisborne
-Economy:The harbour was host to many ships in the past and had developed as a river port to provide a more secure location for shipping compared with the open roadstead of Poverty Bay which can be exposed to southerly swells. A meat works was sited beside the harbour and meat and wool was shipped...
region surrounding Poverty Bay
Poverty Bay is the largest of several small bays on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island to the north of Hawkes Bay. It stretches for 10 kilometres from Young Nick's Head in the southwest to Tuaheni Point in the northeast. The city of Gisborne is located on the northern shore of the bay...
in New Zealand
New Zealand is an island country in the south-western Pacific Ocean comprising two main landmasses and numerous smaller islands. The country is situated some east of Australia across the Tasman Sea, and roughly south of the Pacific island nations of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga...
, was formed in 1890.
The Poverty Bay team play from Rugby Park, Gisborne and are the current holders of the Lochore Cup, the secondary cup competition within the Heartland Championship
The Heartland Championship New Zealand Division One competition, known for sponsorship reasons as the AA Rewards Heartland Championship, is a domestic rugby union competition in New Zealand. It was founded in 2006 as one of two successor competitions to the country's former domestic competition,...
, having also won the inaugural season in 2006.
Poverty Bay won the 3rd division of New Zealand's former domestic competition, the National Provincial Championship, in 1987 and 2004, and also lifted the first Lochore Cup in 2006, 2007 and 2008.
Heartland Championship placings
| Heartland Championship Results
| Year || Played || Win || Draw || Loss || PF || PA || Diff || BP || Points || Place || Playoffs
|| beat Buller
The Buller Rugby Union is a rugby province based in the town of Westport, New Zealand. The Buller provincial boundary also includes other notable towns such as Reefton, Karamea, Granity, Charleston, Punakaiki and Murchison .-History:Buller was formed in 1894...
36-10 (semifinal), beat King Country
The King Country Rugby Football Union is a constituent union in the New Zealand Rugby Union. It is located in the central North Island of New Zealand...
46-34 (Lochore Cup)
|| beat Thames Valley
The Thames Valley Rugby Football Union is the official governing body of rugby union in the region of Thames Valley in the North Island of New Zealand...
65-3 (semifinal), beat South Canterbury
The South Canterbury Rugby Football Union is a rugby province based in the central South Island city of Timaru, New Zealand. The South Canterbury team play from Alpine Energy Stadium located in Timaru.-History:...
38-35 (Lochore Cup)
Poverty Bay in Super Rugby
Poverty Bay along with Wellington, Taranaki
Taranaki Rugby Football Union is the governing body of Rugby in the New Zealand province of Taranaki. The main stadium is Yarrow Stadium which is in the main centre of New Plymouth. Taranaki plays in the annual ITM Cup in which it also competes for the Ranfurly shield...
, Wairarapa Bush
The Wairarapa Bush Rugby Football Union was formed in 1971 with the amalgamation of the Wairarapa Rugby Football Union and Bush Rugby Football Union....
The Wanganui Rugby Football Union is the governing body for rugby union in the Wanganui region of New Zealand. The Wanganui Rugby Football Union was formed in 1888....
, East Coast
The East Coast Rugby Football Union is a constituent union in the New Zealand Rugby Union. It is located on the East Coast of the North Island, based in Ruatoria. It is the smallest Union in New Zealand in the sense of player numbers and population base...
, Hawke's Bay
The Hawke's Bay Rugby Union is the governing body of rugby union in the Hawke's Bay region of New Zealand. The union is based in Napier.-Representative rugby:...
Manawatu Rugby Union is the governing body of the sport of Rugby union in the Manawatu rugby province. The Union is based in the city of Palmerston North but has a catchment area from nearby towns in the province, including Feilding, Rongotea, Linton, Bulls, Pahiatua, Dannevirke and...
-Representative Rugby:The Horowhenua-Kapiti team play from Levin Domain, Levin and in the 2006 season are in Pool B of the Heartland Championship. They are seeded 6th qualifiers for the Championship as they were runner-ups in the 3rd division in 2005....
make up the Hurricanes
The Hurricanes are a New Zealand professional Rugby union team based in Wellington that competes in the Super Rugby competition...
Super Rugby is the largest and pre-eminent professional Rugby union competition in the Southern Hemisphere...
They have had 6 players selected for the All Blacks
The New Zealand men's national rugby union team, known as the All Blacks, represent New Zealand in what is regarded as its national sport....
whilst playing their club rugby in the Poverty Bay.
- John Collins
- Brian Fitzpatrick
- Ian Kirkpatrick
Ian Andrew Kirkpatrick is a former New Zealand rugby union player, who was captain of the All Blacks.Kirkpatrick began his first-class career in 1966 at the age of 20 playing for Poverty Bay. One year later in he moved to Canterbury and established himself in the local provincial team...
- Laurie Knight
- Mike Parkinson
Ross Michael "Mike" Parkinson was a New Zealand rugby union player. Playing as a midfield back, Parkinson represented Poverty Bay at a provincial level, and was a member of the New Zealand national side, the All Blacks. He represented New Zealand in 20 international matches, seven of them at full...
- Richard White
Richard White may refer to:*Richard A. White, American public transit official*Richard White, 2nd Earl of Bantry , Irish representative peer*Richard White , cricketer*Richard Crawford White , U.S...
- Sonny Tangira
Poverty bay Rugby Union is made up of 8 clubs a 2 division:
- Tairawhiti Pirates