Nelson Bay Rugby Club, known as The Gropers, play in the Newcastle and Hunter Premier Division competition. The 2020 season will start on 28th March 2020.
Formed in 1978 as part of Port Hunter Rugby (Stockton), the Gropers were formally established in 1983 and celebrated 25 years in 2008.
In 2017, the Gropers formed a joint partnership with Medowie Marauders, with the Marauders playing in the NHRU Premier 3rd Grade competition. This continues for the 2020 season.