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Kia ora/ Welcome

2018: our 150th year

On behalf of NRFC, welcome to to 2018 and a happy 150th New Year.

This year we celebrate our 150th anniversary since the Club's formation. There are a number of events throughout the year to celebrate our foundation as New Zealand's oldest rugby club. Please keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for events and their dates.

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

150th Commemorative Logos

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Unveiling of the 150th Commemorative Club Jersey

The Clubs 150th Commemorative Celebrations will kick off with a the official Unveiling of the 150th Commemorative Club Jersey by the Mayor of Nelson, Rachel Reese.

Venue: Macs Brewbar – The Vic

When: Thursday 29th March 12pm

Corporate Invitions - $500.00

  • Long lunch for 4 people including initial drinks
  • 1 exclusive ticket to the “1868 club” with 6 weekly draws during the season of $1000
  • plus 6 weekly draws of sponsored product

Tickets are limited. If you would like to buy a ticket contact Jeff Rackley

Dates to remember

24/3/2018 Tasman 10s
29/3/2018 Unveiling of the 150th Commemorative Club Jersey
14/4/2018 Senior competition starts
27/4/2018 School holiday training day
5/5/2018 Junior competiton starts
2/6/2018 Club day
2/6/2018 Bs play Collingwood for the Brydon/Strange cup, Trafalgar Park
2/6/2018 150th Dinner
18/8/2018 John Goodman 7s

Register for 2018 online

Junior players click here to register

Senior players click here to register

Interested in being a member?

Players Contact:

Sen A Coach: Kade Heke - 027 655 2225
Sen B Coach: Grant Crossett - 027 2566 230

Junior Coaches/ Players/ Managers Contact:

Jnr Club Captains: Quentin Harwood - 03 5470313 and Lee Hall - 021 286 6855.

Non playing members contact:

Secretary: Samantha Burling at

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