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Kia ora/ Welcome

NPD Tasman Trophy Final - 21/7/2018

Neale Park, 3pm

After beating Renwick last Saturday (37 - 21) Nelson will compete for the NPD Tasman Trophy this weekend.

The team's success has been built on a lot of hard work and real dedication. Due to injuries and unavailability the team has struggled to field a team each week. Coach Kade Heke is very proud of the heart his players are showing "They have turned up, played through the pain and worked incredibly hard to ensure Nelson made the finals. I couldn't ask for anything more from the players - they are giving their all" says Kade.

Kade is thankful for the support from all the players who have taken the opportunity to wear the jersey this season (from both grades) "Their support has got us to the final."

Please come along and support the boys.

Nelson is hosting as top qualifiers - the timeline is:

  • Players brunch at the Clubrooms
  • Players will be presented with their jerseys
  • The Clubrooms will be open from 2pm for gathering before the game
  • Kick off 3pm Neale Park
  • Presentation of trophy at Neale Park
  • After-match at Clubrooms

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 Club Dinner

2 June 2018

A great night celebrating the establishment of the Nelson Club.

John Goodman's contribution to rugby was recognised with the presentation of the Goodman Cup, to be awarded for service to the Nelson Rugby Club, and the John Goodman Challenge Trophy, presented to the Goodman family by the Tasman Union, that will be played for each week in the senior competition.

Collingwood presented the club with a plaque celebrating the Club's 150th and John MacBeth entertained the crowd with some of his more humorous adventures from a long career commentating on a wide range of sporting events.

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School holiday training day

The School holiday training day was held on Thursday 26th April. The day was a great success.

Lead by Shane Christie, the kids not only had fun but learnt some impressive skills. We look forward to seeing these skills demonstrated in their games during the season.

Thanks to Quentin, Shane and the team for putting so much work into the day and their commitment to helping our young rugby players be the best they can be.


150th Commemorative Logos

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Dates to remember

21/7/2018 NPD Tasman Trophy Final
18/8/2018 John Goodman 7s
8/9/2018 All Blacks vs Argentina, Trafalgar Park

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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