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Taranaki Rugby is a proud provincial union with a wonderful rugby history. TRFU focuses its energy on three main areas of rugby; Port Taranaki Bulls, Community Rugby and Ferdie Rugby.

The Taranaki Rugby Football Union was established in 1885 and is based at Yarrow Stadium in the heart of New Plymouth. In 2014 Taranaki claimed the national ITM Cup title for the first time in their history with a 36-32 win over Tasman. This was the first time a provincial union outside the big five had won the top flight title since 1980.

Since 1885 Taranaki have produced 32 Centurions who have been capped more than 100 times for the Amber and Blacks, 75 All Blacks and four All Black captains. 

The region has also held the coveted Ranfurly Shield on five ocasions (1913-1914, 1957-1959, 1963-1965, 1996 and 2011-2012) as well as claming seven National Provincial Championship Division Two titles in 1976, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1992 and 1995.

To contact our team please see the staff listings on our website.

Yours in Rugby,
The Team at Taranaki Rugby



Taranaki is a fierce competitor in the national provincial premier competition - the ITM Cup Premiership. Our top team, the Port Taranaki Bulls is coached by Colin Cooper and a world class team of trainers, medical staff and administrators.



Community Rugby is the lifeblood of Taranaki rugby. It is the breeding ground for first class talent in our province. Each season over 5000 players take to the rugby field with a swag of coaches, administrators and managers working hard off the field to make the grassroots competitions a success.

Taranaki has 17 rugby clubs operating at senior level. This excludes those competing in the secondary schools competition. Junior rugby operates under the Ferdie Rugby umbrella up until Secondary School.

For more information about teams, results and upcoming fixtures please see the Community Rugby section of our website.



Ferdie Rugby is just the place for kids who want to have fun and make lots of friends! Ferdie Rugby is a safe and enjoyable environment for budding rugby super-stars. There are lots of awesome clubs that Taranaki kids can play rugby for. In 2015 we had 142 teams taking the field each Saturday around the mountain from the Under 6 grade through to Under 13. grade. We are always on the look out for great adult role-models to coach and referee too!