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Kia ora/ Welcome


The Club rooms will be closed from today (25/3/2020) and will not be open for the next four (4) weeks as per the NZ Government Level 4 nationwide shutdown.

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

150th Celebrations cancelled

150 NRFC logoB cancelled

At the last planning meeting (16 March 2020) the committee made the difficult decision to cancel the Nelson Rugby Football Club 150th celebrations at Queen's Birthday due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

We will reassess the situation at the end of June and, if possible look at rescheduling the event later in the year.

Currently all events with more than 500 participants are banned by the New Zealand Government. This number is likely to be lowered as guidelines are revised to help fight the corona virus with Prime Minister Jacinda Adern signaling there would be additional announcements on mass gatherings in the coming days.

The committee felt that we had a responsibility to our members around their health and safety and we are aware that the pandemic may have far reaching effects on the club - not only the 150th - and that we need to manage our finances wisely.

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COVID-19 Management

The club has adopted the MOH guidelines and will be following all advice issued by the MOH / NZ Government. For more information see our Policy page on COVID-19.

Senior club rugby postponed

New Zealand Rugby has decided to postpone all club and community rugby until Saturday, 18 April, effective immediately.

The postponement includes all rugby matches. Non-contact training activities can continue at least in the short term.

What you need to know:

  • All rugby matches are postponed until Saturday, 18 April
  • At this stage, full-contact training can resume from Monday, 13 April
  • Non-contact training activities can continue with sensible hygiene protocols observed
  • Use personal water bottles – don’t share with others
  • Ensure rugby equipment is regularly cleaned
  • Maintaining fitness is encouraged
  • Registering for rugby can continue online
  • Coach, referee and education activities can continue within Ministry of Health guidelines
  • Stay at home if you are feeling unwell
  • Regularly wash hands
  • School and junior club rugby commence after 18 April so are not included in this postponement


Check out our latest video - an interview with Trish and Andrew Goodman

John Goodman (Goody) always said he bleed blue and the Club was his religion. As well as a staunch Nelson man John worked to foster and grow rugby in the Nelson region.Sadly John passed away in 2017, but not before ensuring the Goodman legacy continues with his wife Trish, children and grand children still contributing to, and involved with the club. Barbara Hodgson talked to Trish and Andrew (John and Trish's son) about John's legacy and the families ongoing links with the club.

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 - if you are interested in getting your own bit of club history visit Paul at his store, check out the ring and if, like us, you think the ring is amazing you can order a ring and have your finger sized.

Paul Harris Jewellers, Monaco Resort, Stoke, Nelson
M: 02102735932

Membership Draw: 2/3/2020

1st Prize ($350)
Ticket No. 49 - Vicki Barkle
2nd Prize ($100)
Ticket No. 60 - Rik and Elisha Brooks
3rd Prize ($50)
Ticket No. 63 - Jeff Hulme

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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