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Update 5, August 2018

Welcome Ariana Ngaruhe

Ariana has taken over the role of club secretary from Samantha Burling.

Sam has stepped down to concentrate on her role as Senior Club Captain — a role she shares with Tony Garguilio.

The seniors finished their season on a winning note, taking out the NPD Tasman Trophy final after a tough game against Marist. The Bs contribution to the As success was acknowledged at the senior prize giving — the players earning the respect and thanks of the club for their contribution to the As trophy wining season.

The juniors competition finished last weekend. The Goodman 7s showed that rugby in the region has a a promising future. The standard and speed of the games impressed the referees and some impressive ball skills were on display.

Next month the All Blacks play in Nelson. Due to the security protocols before and during the game the area around Trafalgar Park will be sealed off - this includes the club rooms. We will not be able to access the club rooms on the Friday before the game and on game day till half time.

During the off season we be busy, working on the build up to 2020 and the 150th celebration of the first game of rugby ever played between Nelson and Nelson College at the Botanical Reserve in Nelson City. We are keen to get as many "blue-blooded" club members, past players and supporters involved in the club's activities to clebrate this occassion. Please feel free to forward this email to anyone you think might be interested.

Senior News

Congratulations to the players that made the Mako squad. We will be following your progress and cheering you on.

Nelson wins the NPD Tasman Trophy

On Saturday 21/7/2018, in truly appalling conditions, Nelson competed against Marist in the final of the NPD Tasman Trophy. It was a tough game and Nelson emerged the victors (16-6).

With the cup safely locked in the trophy cabinet the team can now reflect on a successful season built on a lot of hard work and real dedication.

Nelson coach Kade Heke said the boys were "absolutely stoked" to take home the championship. "There was a lot of effort from the boys."

A special shout out to the supporters who braved challenging conditions to cheer on the team.

Media Coverage

Haati GrassRoots Rugby Series 1 Episode 18
1 August 2018 (Coverage starts at 14:31)

Nelson defeat Marist for Tasman Trophy
Stuff, Carly Gooch July 22 2018

Nelson crowned NPD Tasman Trophy Premiers
Jonty Dine

Watch the game (Haati GrassRoots Rugby)

Coverage starts at 14:31

Senior Prize Giving

Congratulations to all the winners

Senior A's

Most improved: Matthew Soper & William Havili

Under 21: Isaiah Miller

Best tackler: Willis Scott

Sportsman of the year: Brendon Asomua-Goodman

Senior B's

Sportsman of year: Jackson Pugh & Matthew McClunie

Player of year: Cyril Benistand-Hector (Beni)

Most improved: Mike Hughes

Fowler Trophy: James Hewlett

For service to the club

Tenant Trophy: Shane Graham

Most Valuable Person: Jo Harwood

Presidents Cup: Steve Gargulio

John Goodman Trophy: Shane Graham

Nominations now open for senior coaches & managers

To apply or nominate someone for the the role:

  • Senior A coach
  • Senior B coach
  • Senior A manager
  • Senior B manager

Please contact:

Ariana Ngaruhe | Secretary
Nelson Rugby Football Club
A: PO Box 515 | Nelson 7040

Junior News

John Goodman 7s

John Goodman always said he bleed blue and the Club was his religion.

As well as a staunch Nelson man John worked to foster and grow rugby in the Nelson region and, in recognition of this contribution to rugby, the Club hosts the Goodman 7s, a 7s tournament for U11, U12 & U13 teams from the region.

Congratulations to the winners

U11s: 1st — Waimea Old Boys, 2nd — Nelson

U12s: 1st — Wanders Blue, 2nd — Motueka

U13s: 1st — Huia, 2nd — Waimea Old Boys

A big shout out to the Nelson U11s who had to front up for double extra time to win their semifinal and finished second in a highly competitive competition.

The day was a great success thanks to the hard work of Quentin and Jo (pictured below). Thanks to the Goodman family, Trish, Jane, Andrew and Max, for helping on the day and presenting the prizes, the volunteers who helped out on the day and the seniors for refereeing the games.

150th celebrations

The Birth and evolution of our national game.
W A Reed

Time for the next chapter in the history of the club

If you are interested in being part of a group, working with Kerry Strange, writing up the last 50 years of the club in a book form please contact him on

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 l ike to share we would love to have them.

You can send them to Jane Goodman at

Dates to remember

2/9/2018 Junior Prize Giving
8/9/2018 All Blacks vs Argentina, Trafalgar Park
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