A Snapshot of the Wests Roosters
The Club was 30 years old in 2013 – having formed from an amalgamation of three great rugby clubs: Athletic, Karori and Onslow in 1982/83.
The Club rooms is situated at Ian Galloway Park, Curtis Street, Northland, Wellington and the main ground is The Cage – one of the best grass fields in Wellington.
The Wests's Juniors are in the top ten for size in New Zealand with over 500 members (children under 13 years) who live in the local region from Brooklyn, Karori, Ngaio, Khandallah, Wilton, Wadestown and Northland areas.
Our senior members come from all over Wellington but predominantly from the western suburbs to field three senior teams: U85, Reserve Grade (Mixed Veges) and Presidents.
Our Club is affectionately known as the Wests Roosters and the playing jersey is royal blue with red and white accents.
The Wests Roosters is an equal opportunity Club encouraging and nurturing players of all levels and abilities. We are proud to have fielded four All Blacks:
Scott Crichton - All Black in 1983, Scott has worked with the Wests Colts team over a number of years as head coach and technical advisor and continues to be a great influence and support with young Wests players.
Alama Ieremia – former Samoan international and All Black 1994 – 2000 playing 30 tests.
Currently Backs coach of the Hurricanes and former Lions, Wellington Colts and Wellington Academy coach. Alama continues to support Wests as a mentor and technical advisor.
Filo Tiatia – All Black in 2000 and successful career in Japan and Britain having played 99 games for Ospreys (UK). Currently coaching in Japan with the Honda Heat.
Rodney So’oialo – All Black 2002 – 2009. 62 Tests (5 tests as captain) – Wellington rep from 2000 (64 provincial caps), Super Rugby 2001 – 2011 (101 super games), won a Commonwealth Games gold medal with the NZ Sevens team in 2002.
Other Star Players
A number of our players have represented Wellington and other regions.
Scott Fuglistaller – Scott has been selected for the Wellington Lions, the Highlanders and is currently playing for the Melbourne Rebels in the Super 15 competition.
Kane Thompson – A Samoan International player, Kane currently plays super rugby with the Chiefs.
Chris Eaves – Chris is currently a Wellington B team representative and plays Premier rugby for Wests Roosters.
Isireli Baleitavuki – Isireli is currently a Wellington 7s rep player and a senior player in the Wests Roosters 7s team
Rolani Lepupa – Rolani is currently a Wellington 7s rep player and a senior player in the Wests Roosters 7s team
Jubilee Cup Winner in 1998.
Hardham Cup Winner in 2003, 2000
The Club Rooms
The Wests Roosters club rooms is a lively place during the 15s rugby season (April to September) with the bar open every Saturday afternoon and evening where supporters and players get together for a yarn or two over a glass of beer. The kitchen provides hot food for sale during bar opening hours.
The West Roosters Club Rooms
We have a large and well equipped artificial turfed gym (resurfaced in 2016) for indoor training and our young members sometimes use the gym for their weekly competition of nursery grade or ripper rugby (when the weather is bad).
Both the upstairs lounge area and gym (The Green Room) can be rented by the public for functions and events.
We are very appreciative of the support we get from Gymbaroo (Child care organisation). Kelly Sport (School Holiday sports programmes) and other community groups for their continued rental of the premises.
The Club is operated by a group of dedicated volunteers including:
Chairman – Tony Walsh
Treasurer – Dianne Armstrong
Secretary – Sheridan Bruce
2016 Committee – Matt Fawkes, Richard Newson and Matt Stott (Juniors rep).
President is Peter Norrie.
See the Contact Page for further details.