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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.

2017 Season Wrap


Winners of the inaugural John Goodman Memorial Trophy

Congratulations to the Nelson Rugby Football Club Under 11 team, being the first team to take home the John Goodman Memorial Trophy. This was the first junior sevens tournament run by the club, and with perfect weather and amazing organisation from our Junior Committee it was a huge success. We look forward to it being an annual event from here on.

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Congratulations to the Senior A side, 2017 Nelson Bays Division 1 champions

After a brilliant season, our Senior A's took home the Nelson Bays Division 1 Title. They beat Wanderers 41-19 in the final, reclaiming the Title for the first time since 2012.


2016 Tasman Trophy winners

After a gruelling 80 minutes which included a late drop goal and a 78th minute try from one of our props, the NRFC Senior A side won the 2016 NPD Tasman Trophy final.

Congratulations to all involved, it's a huge achievement in a highly competitive competition. Check out ShutterSport for all the photos from the game.


Our Junior School Holiday Programmes

During the April school holidays we ran another junior training day. It was a huge success with 76 kids getting involved and learning a range of skills from former Mako's Captain Andrew Goodman and a number of our Senior team members. We'll be aiming to run more training days during upcoming school holidays, so keep an eye on the website for details.  




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


Junior Registration Day

Saturday 3rd March, 9am - 3pm

Venue: Nelson Rugby Clubrooms (adjacent to Trafalgar Park)

  • Six and shorts for sale
  • New style training tees for sizing
  • 1st 100 players to register and pay their subs recieve a free McDonald's Boot Bag and Drink Bottle
  • Subs $60 per child with $40 per sibling to be paid on the day.

If you have any queries please contact JAB Captain - Quentin Harwood 027 302 3508


Register for 2018 online

As we approach the beginning of the 2018 season, we'll update the below links for players to register online.

If you have any questions about junior registration for 2018 please contact Lee on 021 286 6855.

Junior players click here to register (coming soon)
Senior players click here to register (coming soon)


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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