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Kia ora/ Welcome

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year 

I hope this message finds you well. Our Christmas function once again reminds us that we should be thankful for what we have and enjoy what we have achieved this year. We also take pause to remember those that are not with us at this time and give thanks for those we have, especially family. So to you the Nelson family have a very festive season. 

Nga mihi
Shane Graham, President

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

2018-2020: 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.

There will be a number of events over the next two years, building towards the 150th celebration of the establishment of the Nelson Rugby Football Club, New Zealand's oldest rugby club. Please keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for events and their dates.

150th Commemorative Logos

150 logos


Nelson wins the NPD Tasman Trophy

Congratulations to the Seniors on their great win

On Saturday 21/7/2018, in truly appalling conditions, Nelson competed against Marist in the final of the NPD Tasman Trophy. It was a tough game and Nelson emerged the victors (16-6).

NPD final SG

The winning team. Image - Stephen Garguilio

With the cup safely locked in the trophy cabinet the team can now reflect on a successful season built on a lot of hard work and real dedication.

Nelson coach Kade Heke said the boys were "absolutely stoked" to take home the championship. "There was a lot of effort from the boys."

A special shout out to the supporters who braved challenging conditions to cheer on the team.

Media Coverage

NPD final HGRR

Haati GrassRoots Rugby Series 1 Episode 18
1 August 2018 (Coverage starts at 14:31)

Nelson defeat Marist for Tasman Trophy
Stuff, Carly Gooch July 22 2018

Nelson crowned NPD Tasman Trophy Premiers
Jonty Dine

Senior Prize Giving

Congratulations to all the winners

Senior A's

Most improved: Matthew Soper & William Havili

Under 21: Isaiah Miller

Best tackler: Willis Scott

Sportsman of the year: Brendon Asomua-Goodman

Senior B's

Sportsman of year: Jackson Pugh & Matthew McClunie

Player of year: Cyril Benistand-Hector (Beni)

Most improved: Mike Hughes

Fowler Trophy: James Hewlett 

For service to the club

Tenant Trophy: Shane Graham

Most Valuable Person: Jo Harwood

Presidents Cup: Steve Gargulio

John Goodman Trophy: Shane Graham

Junior Prize Giving

Team Awards

GradeOutstanding PlayerMost improvedSportsman of teamMcDonalds Trophy for attitude
U6W Keira Anderson  Jett Leslie, Ruby Anderson, Giorgio Gargiulo Neveah Pluck, Oliver Shattock Carter Marshall
U6B Ashton Russell – Harris  Kayden Trusler Liam Urwin Robbie Freeman
U7W Nero Bjerring Orlando Smith Brandon Walker Cooper Watson
U7B Welfare Schwenke E J Schwenke  Hunter Morrison, Jack Goodman Emmett Crockett
U8 Hunter Wallace Leo Saunders  Jacob Urwin Jack Hall
U9W Dion Hill, George Lewis Hunter Campion Aisake Finau Awatea Rahui
U9B Mitchell Laird Brock Vedder Lucas Palmer  Lexi Higgins
U10 Edward Foskett Jackson Foskett Tommy Moloney Harrison Wheatley
U11W James Schwenke  Campbell Folly Michael Dehar Deklen King – Turner
U11B Jack Potter Paige Andrews Walter Moloney Niall McLeod
U12 Conor Hulme Flynn Edridge Bronson King  Sam Lanigan
U13 Dayton Burke   Falala Sui Troy Marshall Haley Partridge

Sevens player of the year

U8 Hunter Wallace
U9 Brynn James
U11 William Daniel
U12 Koebi Moser

Club Awards

McDonalds Trophy for Outstanding Attitude: Harrison Wheatley

Female Player of the year: Ania Morgan

Rochelle Walker Memorial Trophy for contribution to JAB: Brett Newcombe

Interested in being a member?


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.

Non-playing members

Secretary: Ariana Ngaruhe