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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.

The Clubrooms will remain closed until we can meet the Health & Safety requirements (including contact tracing).

Ready for the rugby season to kick off?

The club doesn't want to see players feel under pressure to resume playing rubgy if they don't feel it is safe to do so.

Last week the club had a special general meeting to find out how players felt  about playing rugby during Level 2 and to discuss how, as a club, we are going to meet all the  COVID-19 obligations (including contract tracing).

Everyone was keen and onboard with getting the season started and the attendees expressed their commitment and passion for the game and club. The club has been going for over 150 years, through two world wars, and if we want to go for another 150 we need members to stand up, help run the club, assist with the juniors and administer the Ministry of Health guidelines and Sport NZ's return to sport guidelines.

Senior Rugby

The NZRU has announced that teams can start training the 25th May. From the 13th June pre-season matches may be played and the competition begins on the 20th June.

More details are on the NZRU Return to Rugby page -

Junior Rugby

JAB which will commence on July 25th for a 10 week season and all tournaments (TRU 7’s , Mikes 7’s and Goodman 7’s) will still be played.

Coaches will be contacting their players over the next couple of weeks to check they still want to play.

It's not too late for players to get involved - the club will hold a registration day Saturday June 13th, 9am till midday, at clubrooms for late registrations and gear sale.

Currently we are working out how to manage training, game times and locations to minimise the number of people associated with each ground so that everyone can practice social distancing.

Parents will be asked not to attend training - drop off and pickup only. On game day we want parents there to support the team - under Level 2 from today we can have 100 people watching each field.


Check out our latest video - an interview with Bill Black

Bill Black is our oldest member and a life-long supporter of the club. He joined the Club in 1948, along with his brother Jimmy.

Jimmy was also a great club man who played and coached rugby as well as representing the province in cricket.

Bill was promoted to the senior side in 1952 and played in this grade for the next 10 years, always in the front row. He played 98 games for the seniors and only missed one game – the day he got married.

Bill talks to Barbara Hodgson about his pride in being a member of the NRFC, his respect for the people he played with and the importance of Bill Reed who kept the Club running during the war years.

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.

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: April 2020

1st Prize ($350)
Ticket No. 46 - Paul Andrews
2nd Prize ($100)
Ticket No. 43 -  Aaron Potter
3rd Prize ($50)
Ticket No. xx - Chris Goodman

Interested in being a member?

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.

Contact us