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New Zealands Oldest Rugby Club _ New Zealand, Nelson Rugby Union Ground, Sport, DSC_3336

The game first played by the Nelson Football Club was a mixture of association football and Melbourne rules, using the traditional round ball. This game was played for the next two years. Then two years later in January 1870 Charles John Monro introduced the game of rugby to Nelson. And the club became the Nelson Rugby Football Club the first rugby football club in New Zealand. Charles John Monro is considered the 'father of rugby in New Zealand'. Nelson is credited as the birthplace of New Zealand rugby.

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Nelson is now recognised as the birthplace of rugby union in New Zealand. On Saturday 14 May 1870, at the Botanics Reserve Nelson, the first rugby match in New Zealand was played between the Nelson Rugby Football Club and Nelson College in front of about 200 spectators. Using an oval Gilbert rugby ball, which Monro had brought back from England, eighteen players on each side took to the field. Three half backs, three three quarters, and two fullbacks. Nelson Rugby Football Club winning the match by two goals to nil. This historic event is attributed to Charles John Monro –who became known as the ‘father of New Zealand’ rugby. Charles John Monro was born just south of Nelson on April 5 1851. He went to England to finish his education where he attended Christ College, Finchley. Here he played rugby for the second XV and acquired a great passion for the game. In January 1870 Monro returned to Nelson bringing with him a set of 1868 Rugby Rules and four Gilbert oval rugby balls.

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Set In Stone _ New Zealand, Nelson Rugby Union Ground, Sport, DSC_3361

Nelson is now recognised as the birthplace of rugby union in New Zealand. On Saturday 14 May 1870, at the Botanics Reserve Nelson, the first rugby match in New Zealand was played between the Nelson Rugby Football Club and Nelson College in front of about 200 spectators.

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Where It All Began _ New Zealand, Nelson Rugby Union Ground, Sport, DSC_3358

Nelson is now recognised as the birthplace of rugby union in New Zealand. On Saturday 14 May 1870, at the Botanics Reserve Nelson, the first rugby match in New Zealand was played between the Nelson Rugby Football Club and Nelson College in front of about 200 spectators. Using an oval Gilbert rugby ball, which Monro had brought back from England, eighteen players on each side took to the field. Three half backs, three three quarters, and two fullbacks. Nelson Rugby Football Club winning the match by two goals to nil. This historic event is attributed to Charles John Monro –who became known as the ‘father of New Zealand’ rugby.

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Now Soccer _ New Zealand, Nelson Rugby Union Ground, Sport, DSC_3357DSC_3357

Robert Collings Tennent was responsible for the formation of the Nelson Football Club in 30 May 1868. The game first played by the Nelson Football Club was a mixture of association football and Melbourne rules, using the traditional round ball. This game was played for the next two years. Then two years later in January 1870 Charles John Monro introduced the game of rugby to Nelson. And the club became the Nelson Rugby Football Club the first rugby football club in New Zealand.

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Inside _ New Zealand, Nelson Rugby Union Ground, Sport, DSC_3337

Inside the friendly club Nelson Rugby Club. Nelson is credited as the birthplace of New Zealand rugby.

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Warm Welcome _ New Zealand, Nelson Rugby Union Ground, Sport, DSC_3338

Nelson Rugby Club as the oldest rugby club in New Zealand and Nelson is credited as the birthplace of New Zealand rugby.

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Beyond The Front Gate _ New Zealand, Nelson Rugby Union Ground, Trafalgar Park,Sport, DSC_3326

Nelson is named after English Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson who won a famous victory at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. The original Maori name for Nelson is Whakatu, which means 'to set up'. Nelson is located at the top of New Zealand’s south island, and is part of the Nelson Tasman region, and is the region's largest centre. Nelson is the sunshine capital of New Zealand, with warm, sunny weather year round. Trafalgar Park is one of New Zealand's oldest sporting stadia, originally built for cricket in the 1880s. Over the years, the area has been developed to house a variety of different sports and entertainment activities and cater for increasing crowd numbers. After its selection in 2009 as a match venue for two RWC 2011 matches, a $5.9 million upgrade began to enhance the stadium for 2011 and beyond. Basic facilities have also been upgraded to cater for 20,000 strong crowds including reconfigured entrance gates and improved ticketing facilities.

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Front Entrance _ New Zealand, Nelson Rugby Union Ground, Trafalgar Park, Sport, DSC_3325

Nelson is the sunshine capital of New Zealand, with warm, sunny weather year round. The city of Nelson is close to the ‘centre’ of New Zealand. Nelson’s Trafalgar Park, having been revamped, has given Nelson both a sports park and a multi-event facility to rival any regional centre in New Zealand. After its selection in 2009 as a match venue for two RWC 2011 matches, a $5.9 million upgrade began to enhance the stadium for 2011 and beyond. Basic facilities have also been upgraded to cater for 20,000 strong crowds including reconfigured entrance gates and improved ticketing facilities.

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Trafalgar Gate _ New Zealand, Nelson Rugby Union Ground, Trafalgar Park, Sport, DSC_3339

Trafalgar Park is named after the battle of Trafalgar. Trafalgar Park is one of New Zealand's oldest sporting stadia, originally built for cricket in the 1880s. Over the years, the area has been developed to house a variety of different sports and entertainment activities and cater for increasing crowd numbers. After its selection in 2009 as a match venue for two RWC 2011 matches, a $5.9 million upgrade began to enhance the stadium for 2011 and beyond. Basic facilities have also been upgraded to cater for 20,000 strong crowds including reconfigured entrance gates and improved ticketing facilities.

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Stand Erect _ New Zealand, Nelson Rugby Union Ground, Trafalgar Park, Sport, DSC_3323

Trafalgar Park is one of New Zealand's oldest sporting stadia, originally built for cricket in the 1880s. Over the years, the area has been developed to house a variety of different sports and entertainment activities and cater for increasing crowd numbers. After its selection in 2009 as a match venue for two RWC 2011 matches, a $5.9 million upgrade began to enhance the stadium for 2011 and beyond. Basic facilities have also been upgraded to cater for 20,000 strong crowds. To ensure its position as a multi-event venue, the Southern stand has been resurfaced to support a stage which will be used for concert events like Opera in the Park. Trafalgar Park is named after Nelson’s - battle of Trafalgar.

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Increasing Capacity _ New Zealand, Nelson Rugby Union Ground, Trafalgar Park, Sport, DSC_3321

After its selection in 2009 as a match venue for two RWC 2011 matches, a $5.9 million upgrade began to enhance the stadium for 2011 and beyond. Basic facilities have also been upgraded to cater for 20,000 strong crowds.

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Up Standing _ New Zealand, Nelson Rugby Union Ground, Trafalgar Park, Sport, DSC_3322

Trafalgar Park is one of New Zealand's oldest sporting stadia, originally built for cricket in the 1880s. Over the years, the area has been developed to house a variety of different sports and entertainment activities and cater for increasing crowd numbers. Nelson’s Trafalgar Park, having been revamped, has given Nelson both a sports park and a multi-event facility to rival any regional centre in New Zealand.

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In All Its Glory _ New Zealand, Nelson Rugby Union Ground, Trafalgar Park, Sport, DSC_3331

Nelson is named after English Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson who won a famous victory at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. The original Maori name for Nelson is Whakatu, which means 'to set up'. After its selection in 2009 as a match venue for two RWC 2011 matches, a $5.9 million upgrade began to enhance the stadium for 2011 and beyond. Basic facilities have also been upgraded to cater for 20,000 strong crowds including reconfigured entrance gates and improved ticketing facilities. Trafalgar Park is named after the battle of Trafalgar.

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Unique Playing Surface _ New Zealand, Nelson Rugby Union Ground, Trafalgar Park, Sport, DSC_3332

Trafalgar Park is not only one of New Zealand’s oldest sports grounds but also boasts the most unusual pitch - eco-friendly recycled glass that resembles sand. The turf is the first of its kind in the world and is leading the way in terms of environmental sustainability. The recycled glass sand replaces natural beach sand. A "sand carpet" is laid as the base level before the grass seed is sown with the remaining sand on top. Basic facilities have also been upgraded to cater for 20,000 strong crowds including reconfigured entrance gates and improved ticketing facilities. To ensure its position as a multi-event venue, the Southern stand has been resurfaced to support a stage which will be used for concert events like Opera in the Park. Trafalgar Park is named after the battle of Trafalgar.

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Playing On Glass _ New Zealand, Nelson Rugby Union Ground, Trafalgar Park, Sport, DSC_3333

In June 2011 eight large fixtures were erected to house 192 floodlights that make the Park about three times brighter during night games than the old lights, bringing it up to broadcast standards. The new lights won't disturb nearby residents as they are designed to focus the light inward toward the Park with only minimal spill on the neighbouring homes. Trafalgar Park is not only one of New Zealand’s oldest sports grounds but also boasts the most unusual pitch - eco-friendly recycled glass that resembles sand. The turf is the first of its kind in the world and is leading the way in terms of environmental sustainability. The recycled glass sand replaces natural beach sand. A "sand carpet" is laid as the base level before the grass seed is sown with the remaining sand on top.

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