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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

Child Protection Policy

Last year the Tasman Rugby Union (TRU) reviewed our unions Child Protection Policy in order to strengthen it and align to the NZ Rugby Child Protection policy. From this review, Kahu Marfell has been appointed the TRU Child Protection Advisor. Each club was also asked to appoint a club Child Protection person.

The Child Protection person's role is to be the go to person for club members, coaches, managers & parents should anyone observe or witness concerning behavior and want to discuss it with someone.

We have placed a huge importance on this as a club and have appointed Shane Graham, our Club President and a qualified social worker, as our Child Safety Officer.

Please, if you have any concerns around anything to do with child welfare contact Shane in the first instance

This will be confidential and the priority is to keep our children safe always and catch unsafe behavior early.

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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

27/7/2019 Juniors - first game after holidays
3/8/2019 Senior Prize Giving
17/8/2019 John Goodman 7s

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 - 03 5470313
Lee Hall - 021 286 6855.

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