May 6 1950

Buller and West Coast prepare to meet the Lions.

Buller and West Coast, scheduled to meet the Lions on May 13th and 16th respectively, warmed up for the international encounter by playing each other in Greymouth on May 6. The result was a 19 all draw, neither a wholly good or wholly bad result.

 It was early in the New Zealand season for representative rugby, both Buller and West Coast had started 1949 programmes a month later, on June 6, King’s Birthday holiday. The Lions tour had obviously caused some rescheduling.  

Buller captain Bill Mumm.


Buller 19. W J Spence (2), Robt Dickson and W J Mumm tries. Chas. Steele pen, Wm Dickson and Chas Steele con.

West Coast 19. R R Eastgate, G W Nelson, G T O’Callaghan and A J Krakosky tries. J H Lindbom pen. and 2 con.

Referee: Mr J Morgan (West Coast).

Both teams were captained, in every game of the 1950 season, by long serving forwards.

W J “Bill” Mumm, a prop and occasional No. 8, represented Buller in 85 games from 1942 to 1955. He also played in combined teams from among the Seddon Shield Unions, including the West Coast-Buller side that beat Australia 17 – 15 in 1949. “Bill” Mumm played for the South Island 1945-46-47-49, in All Black trials 1947 (2), 1948 (2) and for New Zealand XVs 1945,1949. His career highlight was a test against Australia in 1949, it would have been two tests but injury kept him out of the second of the series.

As a sawyer he won 10 national titles 1956-1971. His grandson Dean Mumm has represented Australia since 2008.

George W Nelson, a flanker, played 86 games for West Coast 1944 to 1955 and was also in the West Coast-Buller side that beat the 1949 Australians. He appeared in trial matches in 1951, 1953 and for South Island Minor Unions in 1952.

George Nelson - West Coast captain.