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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.

150th Celebrations

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  • Friday 25th September, 6pm: Registration & muster at the Clubrooms
  • Saturday 26th September, Midday: Clubrooms, light lunch
  • Saturday 26th September, 2:05pm: Mako game (optional, clubrooms will be open for those that choose not to go to the game)
  • Saturday 26th September, 6pm: Trailways Hotel, gala dinner with guest speaker Sir Graham Henry
  • Sunday 27th September, Midday: Club photo at the Trafalgar Park grandstand

Guest speaker

Henry announcement Sept

We are delighted to announce that the guest speakers at our 150th dinner is celebrated coach and New Zealander Sir Graham Henry.

Sir Graham has had a notable sporting career, playing senior club rugby in Christchurch,Dunedin and Auckland, cricket for Canterbury and Otago and is one of the most successful coaches to have ever coached the All Black.

He started his coaching career during his time as a teacher at Auckland Grammar School and Kelston Boys' High School where he coached the first XVs teams, as well as guiding the Auckland team to winning the National Provincial Championship four times.

In 1997 Sir Graham committed to coaching full time, and coached the Blues to Super 12 titles in 1996;97 and runner up in 1998

After a period overseas coaching the Welsh team and the British and Irish Lions Sir Graham returned to New Zealand and in 2004 was appointed All Black coach.

In 2005 the International Rugby Board named Graham Coach of the Year, a title he was awarded 5 times during his tenure as All Blacks coach.

Sir Graham coached the All Blacks to 88 wins in 103 tests for a winning percentage of 85.4 percent. As well as winning the Rugby World Cup 2011, the All Blacks won the Bledisloe Cup every year, won the Investec Tri Nations five times and achieved three Grand Slams against the Northern Hemisphere Home Unions.

Sir Graham was made a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2012 for services to rugby and in 2019 he was inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame.

As well as his service to rugby Sir Graham sits on the board of The Plunket Foundations; is an Ambassador for Coastguard; a Patron for Kiwis for Kiwi; with wife Raewyn Patron of Cure Kids and on the advisory board for the Hyundai Pinnacle Programme.


Check out our latest video - an interview with Tony and Stephen Gargiulo

Tony and Stephen (Garg) talk to Barbara Hodgson about growing up in a close-knit family, being part of the NRFC family and share memories of the games they played in and the players and coaches that influenced their lives.

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.

NRFC gear available now

Check out the cool range of NRFC gear available now - branded with our 150th logo.

Delivery date information lets you know when the merchandise will be delivered if you order it in the current period. The next order window will open on the 21st August.

150 logo gearMerchandise website »

Commemorative signet ring

Commemorative signet ring

Commemorative signet ring

Paul Harris Jewellers have designed a Commemorative signet ring to mark the 150th celebration. The ring is available in Silver or Gold.

Orders are being taken now.

Paul Harris Jewellers, Monaco Resort, Stoke, Nelson
M: 02102735932

Membership Draw: July 2020

1st Prize ($350)
Ticket No. 13 - Chris Pugh
2nd Prize ($100)
Ticket No. 60 - Elisha Brooks
3rd Prize ($50)
Ticket No. 31 - Stu Morrison

Membership Draw: June 2020

1st Prize ($350)
Ticket No. 35 - Michael Horton
2nd Prize ($100)
Ticket No. 68 - Todd Seelan
3rd Prize ($50)
Ticket No. 81 - Jack McNabb

Membership Draw: May 2020

1st Prize ($350)
Ticket No. 5 - Brett Newcombe
2nd Prize ($100)
Ticket No. 54 - Jo Brydon
3rd Prize ($50)
Ticket No. 38 - Andrew Marriot

Dates to remember


25 & 26 September 2020
Save the Date

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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.

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