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Kia ora/ Welcome

New Zealand's Oldest Rugby Football Club

As President of Nelson Rugby Football Club Inc (est.1868) it is my pleasure to welcome you to our official website.

Founded in 1868. Rugby began in 1870 with the first game ever played between Nelson and Nelson College at the Botanical Reserve in Nelson City.

We are extremely proud of our history and heritage and are committed to promoting the development of rugby for all people throughout the Nelson and Tasman region of New Zealand and beyond.The aim of the website is to update club activities and provide a historical digital repository for future generations of the club to access.

You are invited to browse the site and you may wish to bookmark the web page for your future ease of use.

Kia Maia,

Shane Graham

Covid-19 Management

The club has adopted the MOH guidelines and will be following all advice issued by the MOH / NZ Government.


Check out our latest video - an interview with Tom Sharland

Tom played for NRFC for 20 years - incurring the wrath of the Nelson College Headmaster for choosing to play for the club over the school. Tom has been an active sports person all his life (rugby, basketball & running to name a few) and now, at the age of 85 is still a keen biker. Tom talks to Barbara about his rugby career and his other sporting achievements.

In celebration of the club's 150th anniversary Barbara Hodgson has been interviewing some of the club identities to capture their memories and create a living history of the club. You can watch all the interviews on our channel.

Club news

AGM: Friday 27 November 2020

Location: Clubrooms

Time: 6pm

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Members of the Nelson Rugby Football Club are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting: 6pm, 27 November 2020 at the Clubrooms, Trafalgar Park, Nelson


  1. Welcome
  2. Apologies
  3. Minutes of 2019 Annual General Meeting
  4. Matters arising from the Minutes
  5. President’s Report
  6. Treasurer’s Report and presentation of financial statements for the year ending 30 June 2019
  7. Adoption of Accounts
  8. Appointment of Auditors/Independent Examiner
  9. Election of officers and committee members for the year ending 30 June 2021
  10. Motions to be put to the AGM
  11. Other business
  12. Closing remark

Committee Nominations

Please send nominations, signed by the proposer and seconder of the motion, for the committee to the Secretary by 20/11/2020.

Life Membership

Nomination of a person for Life Membership must be made in writing and signed by two club members. Please send nominations to the Secretary by 20/11/2020.

Notice of Motion

Any member of the Club may present a Notice of Motion for consideration by the Annual General Meeting. Such notice need to be in writing and signed by the proposer and seconder of the motion. Please send Notice of Motion to the Secretary by 20/11/2020.

See AGM for minutes from last years AGM.

Seeking applications for Premiere Coaches

150 NRFC logoThe Nelson Rugby Football Club (NRFC) are seeking applications for Premier (Div 1) coaching positions (Head, Backs and Forwards) for the 2021 season.

NRFC (est.1868) has a proud history and heritage as New Zealand's oldest rugby club and as such holds a special place as a steward of New Zealand’s national game.

If you are passionate about rugby, coaching and developing young men then the NRFC invites you to apply.

  • The successful candidates will have either proven club, High School 1st XV or representative coaching experience and NZRU or Equivalent Level 3 qualification.
  • Applicants must have NZ Residency or valid visas to live and work in NZ.

Applications Close 5.00pm on 30th November 2020.

Please send a CV and cover letter to

You Belong is a recruitment and retention strategy that promotes contribution and volunteering as core principles of the Nelson Rugby Football Club. Members are expected to adhere to the NRFC rules/ code of conduct and actively promote a club culture of supporting and developing people safely. NRFC strives to do the right thing ethically and treat each member with respect and dignity no matter who they are and where they come from.

Dates to remember


27 November 2020

Interested in being a member?

Senior Players

Senior Club Captain

James Fairbrass - 021 132 2049


Senior A: Kade Heke - 027 655 2225

Senior B: Daniel McDonald - 027 859 7091

Junior Players

Junior Club Captain

Quentin Harwood - 027 302 3508

Non-playing membership

See our Membership page for more information.

Contact us