Formed in 1890 the Poverty Bay Rugby Football Union governs rugby union within the Gisborne region surrounding Poverty Bay. There are six rugby clubs within the region. Poverty Bay has a proud and rich history - with 17 All Blacks coming from our region. For more click here 


Poverty Bay Rugby Celebrates 125 years
Queens Birthday Weekend 29-31 May 2015

Be sure to Join us on Queen’s Birthday weekend 2015 to celebrate 125 years of Rugby in Poverty Bay. There will be plenty of opportunities to meet up with past teammates and friends over the weekend of Friday 29th to Sunday 31st May 2015. Catch the annual derby Poverty Bay versus East Coast game and spend the Saturday evening at a celebratory dinner with hilarious top international speaker Greg Ward...

VACANCY - Gisborne Boys' High U14 Colts Rugby Coach

Gisborne Boys High School one of the leading rugby schools in NZ has an exciting opportunity for coach’s to join their coaching staff. The U14 Colts team has an extensive inter-school programme of games against other leading NZ schools.  This is an opportunity to join a winning team.

Key accountability includes:
• Formation of a dependable and passionate management team driven by positive results.
• Early identification of players.
• A team player that is able to work with other coaches.

For more information please contact: Mark Jefferson, email

VACANCY - Lytton High 1st XV Coach

Lytton High School are seeking expressions of interest for coach of the 1st XV.

If you are interested send your CBS or letter of interest to Jody Walters email or contact him at the school 06 8685193.


Grogan to be part of Hurricanes history

Congratulations to James Grogan selected for the Hurricanes U20 Team 2015. James has been selected in a 23 man team to play the Blues U20s in Taupo on Wednesday 25 February 2015.
James is currently doing his apprenticeship in Gisborne after finishing playing with GBHS 1st XV, GBHS 7s and also the Poverty Bay Men's Sevens team in 2014.



Poverty Bay Rugby is delighted to announce that LeaderBrand – a successful local business as the principal sponsor of the union for the next 2 years.
Besides the major financial support offered a director of the company has agreed to take a position on the Poverty Bay Rugby Union board imparting their expertise and guidance to the governance and long term strategic planning of the organisation.
It is great to see a prominent local business supporting the very fabric of the community and helping develop a sense of pride in our organisation
Their support is much appreciated and we look forward to enjoying a long and mutually beneficial relationship between us and LeaderBrand way beyond the agreed 2 years. 





Check out some local rugby footage!

Click here to watch a replay of the 2014 preseason game between Poverty Bay and Ngati Porou East Coast.

Click here for our latest Video - 2011 Poverty Bay Heartland Team tries...




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