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Kia ora/ Welcome

2018: our 150th year

On behalf of NRFC, welcome to to 2018.

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.

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

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School holiday training day

For age groups U8s-U10s and U11s-U13s

When: Thursday 26th April 2018 (April School Holidays)

Where: Neale Park

Lead Trainer: Shane Christie Tasman, Mako Head Forward Coach and Community Rugby Skills Coach. Shane needs know introduction to Nelson rugby fans. He was a key member of the Nelson Rugby Football Club senior team and played for the Tasman Mako, Crusaders, Highlanders, New Zealand Māori, and All Black Sevens.

Course content: This is a skills day designed to develop running, passing, ball carrying and game involvement skills, including correct tackling technique.

Cost: $45.00 per person

Registration: Registrations will be taken up to and on the day.

If you can help out on the day or require further information please contact the Junior Club Captain — Quentin Harwood 0273023508.


Dates to remember

26/4/2018 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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