Weymouth RFC was founded in the early 1970's, so in comparison to other more established clubs in the proud Counties Manukau union it is relatively young. The club was established as a "breakaway", club from the more established rugby club in the region Manurewa RFC. However they can boast a few notable representative and first class players over the years, most notably Jonah lomu who played his first senior club rugby game for Weymouth, and Joe Rockococo who played age grade rugby at Weymouth before heading to the bright lights of Auckland. Loki Crichton of the chiefs franchise was also a Weymouth man before heading south to ring cow bells in the Waikato,and I have also been advised by an unreliable source that All Black hooker Aled Demalmanch is a former age grade player from Weymouth, but hopefully some one from No8 will be able to confirm or deny this claim. if there are any other notable Weymouth Alumni that I have failed to recognise please feel free to respond.
Weymouth RFC has traditionally struggled in the top echelon of Counties rugby senior division 1 competition and invariably finds itself battling relegation or promotion from year to year. An inability to retain top class talent has always been a problem, as well as the ability to attract high class recruits from the college and schools system, which is very surprising considering there are two major Colleges in thier catchment area Manurewa Highschool and James Cook Highschool both with school rolls in excess of 1000 students.
Because of its geographic location in the wider South Auckland area of Manukau City, naturally there is a strong Polynesian demographic at the club. Weymouth are traditionally a side that boasts some of the best backline talent within the Union, and are renowned for producing quality backs. However this has always been offset by an inability to compete at the set piece due to a lack of size and technical nouse. With the odd exception and no disrespect intended to all the fine tight five forwards that have played for Weymouth over the years the general rule of thumb when you play Weymouth is keep the ball tight, kick for field position and starve the Weymouth backs of any ball to counter attack. If allowed to play an expansive game using thier quick and skillful loose forwards to maintain possession, Weymouth can cause most sides a real headache.
Traditional rivals are of course Manurewa RFC, a perrenial powerhouse in the Counties Manukau union, with a proud history and many famous representative and first class players, as well as multiple championships to thier name. Unfortunately Weymouth has never beaten Manurewa in a Senior A division 1 match a blight on the clubs short but proud history, but the local derby is one that is always eagerly anticipated by rugby fans and club stalwarts alike. This annual fixture has become affecionately known as the "battle of the roundabout", in reference to the Clendon roundabout that signals the boundary between the two clubs and Weymouth and Manurewa suburbs respectively.
Like most clubs Weymouth is struggling to maintain its stability during tough economic times while maintaining a sustainable rugby programme. Weymouth can survive and flourish in the professional focused era of modern rugby. Rugby clubs are the backbone of New Zealand rugby not just for players but communities as well, if we continue to lose our clubs we may begin to lose a very important aspect of our nations identity.