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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

Seeking applications for Premiere Coaches

Nelson Rugby Football Club shield CopyThe Nelson Rugby Football Club (NRFC) are seeking applications for Premier (Div 1) coaching positions (Head, Backs and Forwards) for the 2020 season.

NRFC (est.1868) has a proud history and heritage as New Zealand's oldest rugby club and as such hold a special place as a steward of New Zealand’s national game.

2020 is a significant year for the club, our 150th anniversary celebrating the first game of rugby played in New Zealand between the NRFC and Nelson College.

If you are passionate about rugby, coaching and developing young men then the NRFC invites you to apply.

  • The successful candidates will have either proven club, High School 1st XV or representative coaching experience and NZRU or Equivalent Level 3 qualification.
  • Applicants must have NZ Residency or valid visas to live and work in NZ.

Applications Close 5.00pm on 30th September 2019.

Please send a CV and cover letter to

youbelong‘You Belong’ is a recruitment and retention strategy that promotes contribution and volunteering as core principles of the Nelson Rugby Football Club. Members are expected to be adhere to the NRFC rules/ code of conduct and actively promote a club culture of supporting and developing people safely. NRFC strives to do the right thing ethically and treat each member with respect and dignity no matter who they are and where they come from.

Senior Prize Giving

On Saturday night we celebrated the senior players and members of the Club who, through their contribution and behaviour epitomise the values of the club.

It was a great evening, filled with camaraderie, laughter and divine food.


Division 1

Pugh Cup: Connor Higgins

Gargulio Trophy: David Egelstaff

Under 21 Player of the year: Saul Lewis

Most Improved Player: Paddy Miller-Leaf & Cody Dellaca

Division 2

Sportsman of the Year: Thomas Goodman

Most Improved Player: Jessie Nepia

Player of the year: Dion Ward

Club Awards

Fowler Trophy - Sportsman of the year: Navarre Harbour

Most Valuable Person: Samantha Burling and Jonathan Corfe

Tenant Trophy - Administrator of the year: John Brydon 

Presidents Cup (selected by Club President): Quentin Harwood 

John Goodman Trophy (selected by the Goodman family): Jonathan Corfe


Senior Prizgiving 201921Navarre Harbour receiving the Fowler Trophy, presented to sportsman of the year, from Myra Fowler.

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2020: our 150th year celebrations

In 2018 we celebrated 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).

In 1870 Charles Monro introduced the club to rugby as we know it today and the club formally adopted the name Nelson Rugby Football Club.

In 2020 we celebrate 150 years since the establishment of the Nelson Rugby Football Club, New Zealand's oldest rugby club.

We are planning a number of events next year, building towards the 150th celebration over Queen's Birthday weekend.

Please keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for events and their dates.

More information & expression of interest

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Dates to remember

Junior Prize Giving

Interested in being a member?

Non-playing membership

See our Membership page for more information.


Senior Club Captains
Samantha Burling -  027 666 1070
Tony Garguilio - 021 451 526


Junior Club Captains
Quentin Harwood - 027 302 3508

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