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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.


Check out our latest video - an interview with Tom Sharland

Tom played for NRFC for 20 years - incurring the wrath of the Nelson College Headmaster for choosing to play for the club over the school. Tom has been an active sports person all his life (rugby, basketball & running to name a few) and now, at the age of 85 is still a keen biker. Tom talks to Barbara about his rugby career and his other sporting achievements.

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

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Ash has been diagnosed with Stage 3 Non-Hodgkin lymphoma and is currently in Christchurch receiving treatment. As you can imagine it is a rather stressful time for him and his family.

Ash plays for our U9 team - he has been a member of the NRFC since he joined the U6s and loves his rugby. Ash started to feel unwell part way through this season, but still turned up to every game and training that he could, always giving it his all.

Lisa, his coach has designed, with the help of probrands, a t-shirt in his favourite colour – red.

You can buy the t-shirt and show your support for Ash by sending a photo of you wearing the t-shirt to Lisa ( who will forward the images to Ash and his family. The idea is that Ash will see how many people are supporting him and are ‘part of his team’. And of course, all proceeds will go to his family to help with anything they may need.

Ash sent Lisa a video message from his hospital bed the other day saying he can't wait to get better so he can play rugby again!


Ash doing what he loves.

Junior Rugby:Goodman 7s, 14th August

Congratulations to all the teams that competed in the Goodman 7s.

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Nelson U13 team


1st: Nelson

2nd: Moutere Black


1st: Central

2nd: Waimea


1st: Huia

2nd: Wanderers Blue

It was a great day, with a very busy schedule so that all the games would be over in time for participants to cheer the Mako to victory.

We want to thank our guests of honor Trish and Jane Goodman, Gary, Chris and the Mako Development Squad for refereeing the games, helping set up / take down all the equipment and Quentin and Jo for all the hard work they put in to make the day work.

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Central U12 with Trish and Jane Goodman and Quentin Harwood

Hui receiving prizes

Hui U11 team receiving their prize

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Quentin and Jo Harwood

All Blacks 21All Blacks squad named for Steinlager series

Congratulations David Havili and Ethan Blackadder.

We know how hard you have both worked to achieve this goal and it is well deserved.

David and Ethan were both outstanding this season and their selections reflect the contribution they made to the Mako and Crusader successful seasons.

Coach Ian Foster was impressed with how David stepped into that fullback role and the skill set that he brings to a game - a great ball carrier in terms of his leg drive and in the tackle he's physical in that area and certainly he's grown in his defensive accuracy and what he does there. He brings a nice all-round skill set.

Ethan Blackadder - the impressive features of Ethan's game were his consistency in his play and an ability to absorb requirements and develop them.

Recognising service

This year we recognised the contribution, loyalty, and commitment of five players that wear the jersey with pride, honouring the tradition and values of the club.

Dylan Turnbull played his 100th game for the club. Dylan joins an elite few to achieve this milestone.

Dave Egelstaff, Asher Wells, Christian Tupuola and Inoke Latu all played their 50th game for the club.

Dylan Turnball

Dylan Turnball

Dave Egelstaff

Dave Egelstaff

Asher Wells

Asher Wells

Christian Tupuola

Christian Tupuola

Inoke Latu

Inoke Latu

Coming up

Friday Sept 3rd JAB Prize giving

Interested in being a member?

Senior Players

Senior Club Captain

James Fairbrass - 021 132 2049


Div 1: Gary Stevens - 021 222 8410

Div 2: 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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