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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

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

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Nelson wins the NPD Tasman Trophy

Congratulations to the Seniors on 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 HGRR

Haati 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

Senior Prize Giving

Congratulations to all the winners

Senior A's

Most improved: Matthew Soper & William Havili

Under 21: Isaiah Miller

Best tackler: Willis Scott

Sportsman of the year: Brendon Asomua-Goodman

Senior B's

Sportsman of year: Jackson Pugh & Matthew McClunie

Player of year: Cyril Benistand-Hector (Beni)

Most improved: Mike Hughes

Fowler Trophy: James Hewlett 

For service to the club

Tenant Trophy: Shane Graham

Most Valuable Person: Jo Harwood

Presidents Cup: Steve Gargulio

John Goodman Trophy: Shane Graham

Dates to remember


Supporting the Mako

The clubrooms will be open when the mighty Mako play at home.

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The clubrooms is a great place to meet up before or after the game, enjoy a drink and something to eat. If you need to warm up after the game the fire will be on.

Interested in being a member?


Senior A Coach
Kade Heke - 027 655 2225

Senior B Coach
Grant Crossett - 027 2566 230

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


Junior Club Captains
Quentin Harwood - 03 5470313
Lee Hall - 021 286 6855.

Non-playing members

Secretary: Ariana Ngaruhe