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Kia ora/ Welcome

New Zealand's Oldest Rugby Football Club

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.

Covid-19 Management

The club has adopted the MOH guidelines and will be following all advice issued by the MOH / NZ Government.


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.


Club News


2023 Prize giving recipients:  

Division 1 

Gargiulo Trophy Sportsman of the Year: Isiah Malaulau 

Maurie Pugh Tackling Cup: Tahquinne Hansen

Under 21 Player of the year: Fletcher Hewitt-Smart

Most Improved Player: Matt Lowe

3,2,1 Player of the day: Graham Urquhart

Don & Myra Fowler Senior Sportsman of the Club: Mataroa Maui & Blair Robertson

Division 2

Sportsman of the Year: Andrew Donnelly  

Most Improved Player: Ajay Aumalaga

Player of the year: Kwaid Ahhoi

3,2,1 Player of the day: Kwaid Ahhoi

Club Awards

Most Valuable Person: Lisa Trusler

Tenant Trophy - Administrator of the year: Kelly Kinaston

Shane Graham Presidents Cup (selected by Club President): Navarre Harbour

Goodman Cup: Chris Pugh

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Junior prize giving

It was fantastic to be able to celebrate a season of Junior rugby at the clubrooms with all of the teams in attendance.  Congratulations to everyone who played for the club this year what a great season for you all. 


Team Awards


Outstanding Player of the Year -

Under 6 - Hugo Shuttleworth

Under 8 - Billy Petrie

Under 9 - Victor van Renburg

Under 10 - Jago Doherty

Under 11 - Robbie Freeman

Under 12 White - Mason Kerdemelidis

Under 12 Blue - Welfare Schwenke

Under 13 - Quinn MacDonald

Under 14 - Kian Mellor

Most Improved -

Under 6 - Louis Schriek

Under 8 - Nash Harvey

Under 9 - Bill Woon

Under 10 - Rocco Redwood

Under 11 - Fletcher Schwass

Under 12 White - Julius Chambers

Under 12 Blue - Wian Botha

Under 13 - Hunter Wallace

Under 14 - Cooper Bruning

Sportsmanship -

Under 6 - Tawhiao Taitoko

Under 8 - Tiaki Luke

Under 9 - William Fraser

Under 10 - Amara Darling

Under 11 - Judah Jansen van Renburg

Under 12 White - George Vesty

Under 12 Blue - Hunter Morrison

Under 13 - Tamati Russell

Under 14 - Angus Wiechern


Club Awards

McDonalds cup for attitude team nominations

Under 6 - Neeson Eggers

Under 8 - Pablo Gargiulo

Under 9 - Bodhi Chambers

Under 10 - Zoe Skeggs

Under 11 - Liam Urwin

Under 12 White - Felix Laird

Under 12 Blue - Luke Mardon

Under 13 - Ollie King

Under 14 - Jasper Smith

Overall winner - Ollie King


Female player of the year Turnstone Cup Team nominations -

Under 6 - Jessica Agnew

Under 9 - Paige Bailey

Under 10 - Charlie McNeill

Under 11 - Hahliyah Tupuola

Under 12 White - Scarlett Gribble

Overall winner - Charlie McNeill


The Monro-Squires trophy for team contribution –Quinn MacDonald

The Rochelle Walker cup for contribution to Junior Rugby in the Club-

Our Under13 coaches Simon Mardon & Brad Wallace, who have brought this team right through from Under 6’s



Interested in being a member?

Senior Players

Senior Club Captain

Kent Inglis - 021 496 556



Div 1: Gary Stevens - 021 222 8410

Div 2: Daniel McDonald - 027 859 7091, Navarre Harbour - 027 778 8259

2024 Senior Registration Link

Junior Players

Junior Club Captain

Lisa Trusler - 027 539 4215


2024 Junior Registration Link

Non-playing membership


Club Manager

Chris Pugh - 020 4240 882