Blues News: Edition 15

Blues News: Edition 15

We’re ramping up to our final four games of the 2015 Investec Super Rugby season – all of them at our home stadium Eden Park!

You might’ve heard about our upcoming move to Alexandra Park. What you may not know is that the development will feature beautiful new apartments and one could be yours! Read on to see how the new Blues HQ is tracking and how you can get even closer to the action.

Three Blues in black

Three Blues players have been selected for the New Zealand Under 20 team to compete at the World Rugby Under 20 Championship in Italy next month.

Akira Ioane, Blake Gibson and Tevita Li have been selected in the 28-man squad. Blake has just returned from the Oceania Rugby Junior Championship in Australia where he co-captained the team to a three from three win record.

Also of note is the Blues U20 and Development squad members who have made the team: Liam Polwart, Mitchell Karpik, Mitchell Hunt, Tinoai (TJ) Faiane and Isi Tu’ungafasi, the younger brother of Blues prop Ofa Tu’ungafasi, and a developing star in his own right.

Head coach Scott Robertson as well as assistant coaches Leon MacDonald and Tana Umaga will lead the team with Scott calling the Oceania tournament the perfect preparation for the World Championship.

“We really got to test our combinations and to put the boys under some pressure in both the tournament environment with short turn arounds between games, and the competition for positions,” he said.

They were now looking ahead to the World Championship in Italy.
“We’re excited to finally settle on our squad which we believe has the ability to perform at this tournament. We’ve think we’ve got the balance right between experience and talent to give us the best opportunity to do well.

“The World Rugby Under 20s is a unique opportunity for these boys to perform well on a world stage,” he said.

The Under 20 squad assembles on 22 May at Mt Maunganui before they depart for Italy. Tevita’s final game for the Blues will be this Friday against the Bulls at Eden Park, while Akira and Blake will be with us until the match against the Hurricanes.

1B schools step up to big leagues

This weekend, the third round of the KFC Curtain Raisers will get underway at Eden Park. Mt Roskill Grammar School is set to face Pakuranga College on the centre field, kick-off at 5.05pm right before the Blues v Bulls game at 7.35pm.
 
Both secondary school teams compete in the 1B competition and have faced each other twice in last year’s competition, coming away with one win apiece.
We spoke to Mt Roskill First XV head coach, Ciaran Overton about his team’s preparation for the game.
ìEveryone is really excited, it’s quite a big thing for a lot of them,î he said. In the most recent face-off, Mt Roskill fell to Pakuranga – something Ciaran and the team are hoping to rectify.
We’ll have a full strength team back with a couple of our boys back from injury,î said Ciaran. Players to watch are Nick Laufoli, who will be in lock, and Luke Edmonds, a fullback described as a “hotstepper.”
Pakuranga College First XV coach Darren Jardine said playing at Eden Park is “the pinnacle of what any sport can do, playing at their national stadium.”
His team qualified for the 1B competition two seasons ago and have been making incremental gains each year. This year’s goal is to make the top eight of the season.

Live, breathe Blues

With construction for The Blues new training centre at Alexandra Park now underway, Chief Executive of Alexandra Park Dominique Dowding warmly extends an invitation for Blues family and supporters to visit the stunning new display apartment that has been built to showcase the Alexandra Park development.

Alexandra Park recently launched its ë223 Green Lane West’ urban village. The high-end mixed-use development includes a number of apartments on freehold unit titles.

For sale are a mix of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom residences encompassing various plan types as well as a small selection of terraces and some spectacular penthouses.

The stunning display apartment will give dedicated Blues supporters a chance to experience first-hand the sheer quality on offer. Each residence comes with a stunning entertainer’s kitchen complete with Bosch appliances as well as beautifully designed bathrooms.

Alexandra Park is excited that the Blues training centre will be open by the end of the year and say; given there will also be a practice field in the middle of the trotting track, the location is ideal for Blues fans.

Future residents can expect a range of views including overlooking Alexandra Park, Mt Eden, across Auckland to the city, the water, One Tree Hill, Cornwall Park and surrounds.

Much emphasis is being put on the development’s urban design, public spaces, great access to public transport links and the fact it’s in the much sought after double grammar zone as well as al fresco dining, great public spaces and retail outlets.

While the display suite is now open to the general public seven days a week from 12pm – 4pm, Alexandra Park is keen to give Blues family and fans priority.

To register your interest and secure an appointment time with the sales team please visit www.apliving.co.nz or phone 0800-275-484.