The Coaster who came in from the cold

Greymouth-born John Joseph (“Jack”) O’Brien was working as a stockman at Kokatahi and playing for the Orientals club when, in 1897, he decided to leave his home district and try his luck in Wellington. A back-row forward, O’Brien had represented the West Coast as a 24-year-old in 1896, playing in


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Grey Rugby’s Early Ring-in

By Robert Messenger Rugby was being played with great fervour in Greymouth long before the West Coast Rugby Football Union was formed in 1890. One clear piece of evidence of this is the serious facial injury which was suffered by the famous English-born photographer James Ring in a match played by the

Local 125th Jubilee Registrations Urged

Organisers of the West Coast Rugby Union's 125th jubilee in August are trying to spark more local registrations. Jubilee committee chairman John Torrance said yesterday that while a "good number" of registrations had been received so far, locals were dragging the chain. "At our last meeting we had 85 people registered, with