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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

Club Day 29/06/2019

Club Day is approaching and it is an opportunity to celebrate and reconnect with all our members and sponsors. Please come along and enjoy the day starting with our Juniors at Neale Park and Senior As and Bs playing Marist at Trafalgar Park.

Look forward to seeing you all at the grounds and club.


9.00am All grade Junior Rugby Neale Park – Sausage sizzle
12.00 Noon Lunch for Life members/ Old-timers/ Sponsors at Club
12.30pm Bar open – All welcome
1.15pm Nelson B’s vs Marist B
3.00pm Nelson A vs Marist A

Clubrooms open after game

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

Dates to remember

29/6/2019 Club Day

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