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Update 3, May 2018

We are counting down to Club Day and our 150th dinner. Queens Birthday is a big weekend for the club as we celebrate the anniversary of the establishment of the Nelson Club.

Get involved in the activities running on Saturday — pop along to Neale Park in the morning and cheer on the juniors, potentially star in the Grass Roots rugby show as they film the juniors, talk to some of the club's stalwarts, and film the Nelson v Collingwood Festival Game.

Please feel free to forward this email to anyone you think might be interested — we are keen to get as many "blue-blooded" NRFC members, past players and supporters involved in the club's activities, supporting our teams, popping into the club rooms after a games for a catch up, and joining in the 150th celebrations.

Junior's Club Day

Party at Neale Park

All junior games will be played at Neale Park this Saturday (2nd June) The club is putting on a sausage sizzle for the teams and their opponents.

Tasman Marko T-shirts

Thanks to NBS (Nelson Building Society) the junior players will all receive a NBS Tasman Marko t-shirt.

Socks & Shorts are Finally Here

You will be able to purchase these at Neale Park while the juniors are playing on Saturday morning. Find us at our tent set up.

Nelson v Collingwood Festival Match

Kick off 1:15pm at Neale Park

The Collingwood Club was founded in 1889 and has a proud history in the region. In 2014 they celebrated their 125th Anniversary.

Every year Nelson and Collingwood play for the Brydon/Strange Cup - a fixture that celebrates the strong connection between the two clubs and recognises the importance of the Brydon and Strange families to both clubs.

Earlier this year the Cup was up for grabs and after a tight contest Collingwood were the victors.

As part of our 150th celebrations Collingwood have kindly agreed to field a team to play the B's in a game to celebrate the great game of rugby.

Grass Roots Rugby

The team from Grass Roots Rugby will be in Nelson to film some of the activities around our 150th celebrations.

They will be at Neale Park in the morning to film the juniors in action and later in the morning interview some of the stalwarts of the club.

In the afternoon they will be filming the Nelson v Collingwood game with full commentary.

Club Dinner

Kick off 6pm at the Clubrooms

There are a limited number of tickets left — don't miss out on this special occasion. If you would like to attend the dinner please purchase your tickets by:

  • Contacting Jo Harward 027 330 0764
  • Pay by direct credit - account number: 03 1354 0325835 00. Please include your name and 150 dinner in the details section.

Guest Speaker - John MacBeth

John's commentating career began after injuries put paid to his senior rugby playing days. He became Radio New Zealand's lead rugby commentator in 1985 and took that position at TVNZ in 1992. With his trademark sense of humour never far away, he has covered Olympic and Commonwealth Games and America's Cup yachting along with many other sports.
Read the full biography (nzonscreen)

Congratulations Leicester Faingaanuku

Leicester has been selected to represent New Zealand in the Under 20s squad for the World Rugby Championship in France, 25 May – 18 June 2017.

Leicester played his junior rugby for the Nelson Club, went on the captain the Nelson College 1st XV, and returned to Nelson to play senior rugby. As well as delivering on the field Leicester is a great role model and club man — the day before he was selected for the U20's squad he was at the clubrooms helping with junior registration.

U20's Head Coach Craig Philpott is looking forward to seeing what Leicester can create on the field as part of an exciting back three combo.

New Zealand is set to face Japan, Wales and Australia in a tough pool play assignment.

New Zealand Under 20 schedule (matches will be broadcast live on TVNZ Duke)

New Zealand v Japan, Thursday 31 May 7am (NZT)

New Zealand v Wales, Monday 4 June 2.30am (NZT)

New Zealand v Australia, Friday 8 June 7am (NZT)

Good luck Leicester — we will be cheering you on.

Oceania Rugby U20s Championship: Junior Wallabies vs New Zealand

Images and memories

To celebrate our 150th we are keen to shine a light on the club's history and people and will be posting images and stories to Facebook.

If you have any images or memories of the club's history that you would like to share we would love to have them.

You can send them to Jane Goodman at

Dates to remember

2/6/2018 Club day
2/6/2018 Bs play Collingwood, Neale Park
2/6/2018 150th Dinner
18/8/2018 John Goodman 7s
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