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Update 7, February 2019

Welcome to the latest Blues News.

Even as we swelter in the heat, the start of the rugby season is racing towards us - the seniors had their first training session this week and Junior Registration is in early March.

This year the senior teams are both under new management, the coaches and managers looking forward to the challenges coming their way.

The committee are busy with pre-season planning and working on the build up to 2020 and our 150th celebrations.

We are keen to get as many "blue-blooded" club members, past players and supporters involved in the club's activities to celebrate this occasion. Please feel free to forward this email to anyone you think might be interested.

Images and memories

As part of our 150th celebrations 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

Senior News

The season has kicked off with the first senior training session at the Botanics.

Unfortunately (or do I mean luckily) the reserve was shut so a quick sprint up the Centre of New Zealand was not an option.

The first game is on the 16th March (assuming the grounds no longer resemble concrete).

Introducing the senior management team

The Division 1 team will be coached by Murray Scott (L) with assistance from Chris Kerslake (R), who will have a role as player/coach.

The team will be managed by Chris Pugh.

Daniel McDonald (R) will be coaching the Division 2 team with Jonathan Corfe (L) managing the team.

Introducing Jonathan Corfe and Daniel McDonald

At 8 years old Jonathan (Jono) Corfe was not happy to be taken away from his native Golden Bay to live elsewhere. Elsewhere met every expectation that it wouldn’t be as good but it has taken him 32 years to return to the Nelson region by way of rural North Canterbury, the Manawatu, Christchurch and Auckland. He feels he has learned his lesson now.

Jono played inconsistent but enthusiastic rugby from an early age until he was old enough to hear his body’s insistent demand that he retire. Similar demands have been made and ignored in relation to inconsistent but enthusiastic cricket, tennis and golf. Jono loves reading, drawing, pub quizzes, a game of darts and a wrestle with the cryptic crossword. He is the author of Bartlett and Corfe’s Great Kiwi Pub Crawl and is currently writing his second book, Horrible People. He lives in Nelson with his girlfriend, Katie, and his parrot, Beyoncé.

Jono is a former regular force soldier (RNZE) and during working hours he works as a solicitor for Knapps Lawyers in their Commercial division.

Daniel McDonald is known as Pud by all here at the club for his sweet disposition and agreeable nature; it doesn’t hurt that he also holds a club record for eating 27 pots of instant pudding in one sitting and managing to hold most of it down during training. Pud is a plumber by trade and has been finding the hot Nelson summer difficult as there has been no water to plumb. He has been looking at alternative solutions to the water crisis on the Waimea plains which include Native American raindancing, sacrificing small animals to a variety of West African demigods then eating them and sunbathing naked on his deck with beer in reach and cricket on the radio.

Pud coaches the Nelson RFC Div 2 team; the realisation of a dream he has held since he was a small boy and a pragmatic one as his sister, a New Zealand representative beach volleyballer, got both the height and the talent out of his siblings. Nonetheless, Pud turns up to training with a smile on his face and tells anyone who will listen that “I can’t believe I’m actually here! Look! There’s Chris Kerslake! Awesome!”.

Pud’s hobbies are chewing and collecting pictures cut out of womens’ magazines of the Duchess of Cambridge.

Pud says the most valuable lesson he has learned is not to let his team’s manager write his biography.

Contact information

If you are interested in playing for a senior team or would like to be involved in a supporting role please feel free to contact the appropriate coach/manager (contact details below).

Murray Scott

Chris Kerslake
M: 0211252594

Chris Pugh
M: 0272408821

Daniel McDonald
M: 0278597091

Jonathan Corfe
M: 0211881960

Junior News

Season 2019 is coming up fast and below is what you need to know.

Junior Registration

Nelson Rugby Football Club Junior Registration day is Saturday 2 March 2019 at the Clubrooms, 5 Trafalgar Park Lane, Nelson (next to Trafalgar Park), 9am - 3pm.

A link is being sent to all last years players inviting them to register for the upcoming season - please check your emails. Please note this is only registering players - they are all still required to come on registration day.

Subs will be required to be paid on registration day.

We will have socks, shorts and training tees (150th commemorative logo) available to purchase. We will have a boot swap so please bring along any old boots that you don't want.

This year we are also offering a light rain jacket for $15. The jackets are blue with the club logo. This is a one-off and the jackets will be sold on a first come first serve basis.

We will hold a couple of gear days closer to season start.

We are hoping to organise another skills day in April school holidays for the juniors - details to follow.

If you have any queries please contact Quentin Harwood - 027 302 3508

Looking forward to seeing you at registration day.

The great jersey hunt update

Quentin is on the hunt for junior jerseys - he discovered that the gear bags contain a lot less jerseys than they should.

He sent out an email requesting that all jerseys are returned to him - teams need them for the coming season - but so far has only had 4 returned.

If you have a club jersey please return it to Quentin at 15 Muritai Street, Tahunanui or give him a call and let him know.

Save on fuel and help the club


NPD is partnering with Tasman Rugby to provide members a way to financially supporting their club.

It's a win win for everyone. All you have to do is use the NPD Club Card to pay for your petrol and your approved club — that's us folks — will get a cash donation from NPD.

You save up to 14 cents per litre of fuel and NRFC will get 4 cents for every litre purchased using the NPD Club Card.

How to apply

Application forms are available at the club rooms or you can sign up on using NPD's freephone number: 0800 544 6162 and nominate Nelson as your club.

For more information see:

Dates to remember

2/3/2019 Junior Club Registration
16/3/2019 Senior Rugby competition starts
23/3/2019 Tasman Rugby 10s
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