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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

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Sir Graham has had a notable sporting career, playing senior club rugby in Christchurch, Dunedin and Auckland, cricket for Canterbury and Otago and is one of the most successful coaches to have ever coached the All Black.

He started his coaching career during his time as a teacher at Auckland Grammar School and Kelston Boys' High School where he coached the first XVs teams, as well as guiding the Auckland team to winning the National Provincial Championship four times.

In 1997 Sir Graham committed to coaching full time, and coached the Blues to Super 12 titles in 1996;97 and runner up in 1998

After a period overseas coaching the Welsh team and the British and Irish Lions Sir Graham returned to New Zealand and in 2004 was appointed All Black coach.

In 2005 the International Rugby Board named Graham Coach of the Year, a title he was awarded 5 times during his tenure as All Blacks coach.

Sir Graham coached the All Blacks to 88 wins in 103 tests for a winning percentage of 85.4 percent. As well as winning the Rugby World Cup 2011, the All Blacks won the Bledisloe Cup every year, won the Investec Tri Nations five times and achieved three Grand Slams against the Northern Hemisphere Home Unions.

Sir Graham was made a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2012 for services to rugby and in 2019 he was inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame.

As well as his service to rugby Sir Graham sits on the board of The Plunket Foundations; is an Ambassador for Coastguard; a Patron for Kiwis for Kiwi; with wife Raewyn Patron of Cure Kids and on the advisory board for the Hyundai Pinnacle Programme.


Check out our latest video - an interview with April Marshall

In our latest video interview Barbara Hodgson talks to April Marshall - the first and, to date, the only woman elected as the club president. April has had a long association with the club, initially through her father Bill Marshall and then through the significant contribution she made to the club through the various roles (team manager, Vice President and President) she performed. The interview also acknowledges the contribution April's father made to the club starting in 1951 as a player, coach and line umpire.

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.

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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 this 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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Membership Draw: 1/2/2020

1st Prize ($350)
Ticket No. 59 - John Brydon
2nd Prize ($100)
Ticket No. 74 - David Browne
3rd Prize ($50)
Ticket No. 17 - Barbara Hodgson

Dates to remember

9.30am - 2pm
Junior Registration

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.

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