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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 acivities 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.

Junior Prize Giving 2019

Ash Millar, winner of the Rochelle Walker Memorial Cup for contribution to the j

Ash Millar, winner of the Rochelle Walker Memorial Cup for contribution to the junior club, with Junior Club Captain Quentin Harwood

The junior club celebrated the achievements of their players at a lunchtime function at the clubrooms on Sunday 8th September.

Awards were given to players who had contributed to their team's success through their skills, attitude and commitment to their teams.

The coaches found it hard to decide who to award the individual prizes, as they all noted what a great season their team's had, with the players stepping up, working hard at training and during the games, looking out for each other and showing a great attitude.

Ash Millar was awarded the Rochelle Walker Memorial Cup for contribution to the junior club, acknowledging his last seven years coaching his team - this years U13s.

Special thanks to Quentin and Jo Harwood for the amazing job they do running the junior club and to coaches for the great work they do with their teams. 

Club Awards

U7 sevens player of year: Jett Leslie

U12 sevens player of the year: Will Daniel

McDonald's trophy for outstanding attitude: Emily Claridge

Female player of the year: Lucy Mahuika

Rochelle Walker Memorial Cup for contribution to the junior club: Ash Millar

Team Awards

U6 White

Player of the year: White Blake Oostingh, Most Improved: Liam Angus, Sportsperson: Alex Shefford, McDonalds Champion Attitude: Cory Trusler

U6 Blue

Player of the year: Jago Doherty, Most Improved: Zacaia Lunai and Finley Hogan, Sportsperson: Charlie McNeill, McDonalds Champion Attitude: Emily Claridge

U7 White

Player of the year: Jett Leslie, Most Improved: Oliver Shattock and Jake Crosbie, Sportsperson: Keira Anderson and Neveah Pluck, Coaches choice: Mikayla Smith, McDonalds Champion Attitude: Ruby Anderson

U7 Blue

Player of the year: Hezekiel Tupuola, Most Improved: Kayden Trusler, Sportsperson: Ashton Harris – Russell, McDonalds Champion Attitude: Robbie Freeman

U8 White

Player of the year: White Emmett Crockett, Most Improved: Harry Flewellen, Sportsperson: Jaylin Jefford, McDonalds Champion Attitude: Kru Smith

U8 Blue

Player of the year: Welfare Schwenke, Most Improved: Emmett Cochrane, Sportsperson: E J Schwenke, McDonalds Champion Attitude: Edwin Acland


Player of the year: Leo Saunders, Most Improved: Theo Kemplen, Sportsperson: Jack Hall, McDonalds Champion Attitude: Quinn MacDonald


Player of the year: Awatea Rahui, Most Improved: Alex Walzl, Sportsperson: George Lewis, McDonalds Champion Attitude: Vinn Smith


Player of the year: Joseph Schwenke, Most Improved: Xavier Stewart, Sportsperson: Finn Dallas, McDonalds Champion Attitude: Matthias Campbell

U12 White

Player of the year: Norman Williams, Most Improved: Sirrus Hoeksma – Baker and Reed Deuxberry Sportsperson: Zac Irving, McDonalds Champion Attitude: Campbell Folly

U12 Blue

Player of the year: Tom Perkins, Most Improved: Archie Geddes and Miles McCarthy, Sportsperson: Ania Morgan and Ruby Thomas, McDonalds Champion Attitude: Dylan Browning


Player of the year: Kobi Moser, Most Improved: Oliver Crowther, Sportsperson: Cullen Millar and Brody Anderson, McDonalds Champion Attitude: Vito Esposito

McDonalds Champion Attitude winners, Junior Prizegiving 2019

McDonalds Champion Attitude winners, Junior Prize Giving 2019

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Senior Prize Giving


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

Membership draw - 6:30pm, Clubrooms
Club dinner

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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