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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
President

goodman cup 200Senior Prize Giving

When: Saturday 11th August 2018 at 6pm

Where: Upstairs, Speight's Ale House Nelson

Cost: $10 - please pay James on arrival. This cost will be covered for registered players that have paid their subs.

The Club Rooms was not available to hold this function due to prior bookings and the limited window available to hold the function due to player availability.

Dress Code: Smart casual

NPD Tasman Trophy

Congratulations to the Seniors for their great win

On Saturday 21/7/2018, in truly appalling conditions, Nelson competed against Marist in the final of the NPD Tasman Trophy. It was a tough game and Nelson emerged the victors (16-6).

NPD final SG

The winning team. Image - Stephen Garguilio

With the cup safely locked in the trophy cabinet the team can now reflect on a successful season built on a lot of hard work and real dedication.

Nelson coach Kade Heke said the boys were "absolutely stoked" to take home the championship. "There was a lot of effort from the boys."

A special shout out to the supporters who braved challenging conditions to cheer on the team.

Media Coverage

NPD final HGRRHaati GrassRoots Rugby Series 1 Episode 18
1 August 2018 (Coverage starts at 14:31)

Nelson defeat Marist for Tasman Trophy
Stuff, Carly Gooch July 22 2018

Nelson crowned NPD Tasman Trophy Premiers
Jonty Dine

2018: our 150th year

This year we celebrate the 150th year since the birth of the Club, known at the time as the Nelson Football Club. The Club played a hybrid form of the game — a mixture of Association football and Melbourne Rules football (now known as Australian Rules Football) — until 1870 when Charles Monro introduced the club to rugby as we know it today and the club formally adopted the name Nelson Rugby Football Club.

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.

150th Commemorative Logos

150 logos

Dates to remember

11/8/2018 Senior Prize Giving
18/8/2018 John Goodman 7s
2/9/2018 Junior Prize Giving
8/9/2018 All Blacks vs Argentina, Trafalgar Park

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 nrfcsecretary@gmail.com

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