23 Feb 2018
Ahead of tonight’s big game in Dunedin, our Under 20s will kick off the Blues Development Programme against the Under 20s Chiefs in Waihi tomorrow. A squad of 36 players has been working hard since assembling for a camp at the Blues and the MERC Centre in Long Bay on February 3rd. This year the […]
An accomplished second five-eighths, Jamie Helleur played nine games for the Blues in his debut season in 2009. He then moved overseas to play rugby in Portugal before returning to bolster the midfield stocks for Auckland in the 2010 ITM Cup. Helleur also debuted for Samoa in 2010 and previously represented NZ Universities.
Jimmy Gopperth joined the Blues in 2009 after four years with Wellington and the Hurricanes. Jimmy was known as an accomplished first five-eighths and quality goalkicker. He captained North Harbour in the 2008 Air New Zealand Cup, and his leadership skills were an invaluable asset to the Blues. He and Tasesa Lavea jostled for the […]
14 Feb 2018
That’s the message from yesterday’s Investec Super Rugby 2018 launch as a new format, new jerseys and plenty of fresh talent are set to come together for a season of fast-paced action, kicking off in New Zealand when the Highlanders host the Blues in Dunedin next weekend. The 2018 season was officially launched in Auckland […]
The Northland flanker made his professional debut with Auckland in 2008, before moving to Northland in 2010 for the national provincial competition. He made five appearances for the Blues, before moving to Japan to play for the NEC Green Rockets and then to Italy to represent Benetton Rugby Treviso.
12 Feb 2018
Head coach Tana Umaga was delighted with the contribution of his young players, and how the experienced players stood up in claiming the Brisbane Global Tens title. The Blues came from behind with two tries in the final three minutes to grab a 10-7 win over the Hurricanes on a wet second day of the […]
Paul Williams was an exciting fullback whose straight running and solid defence earned him a regular starting spot in the Blues XV in 2009. With Rene Ranger, Joe Rokocoko, Isaia Toeava and Rudi Wulf occupying the wing/fullback duties in 2010, Williams saw little game time for the Blues but did impress in his regular cameos […]
Before his season was cut short through injury, Chris Lowrey received the Blues’ Rookie of the Year award in 2009. Further illness and injury, coupled with Viliami Ma’afu establishing himself as the first choice number 8, curtailed Chris’ progress with the Blues in 2010 but he rediscovered his form in 2011, stepping up in the […]
06 Feb 2018
All Blacks Akira Ioane and George Moala join guest star Carlos Spencer in the Blues team to contest the Brisbane Global 10s tournament this Friday and Saturday. The 22-strong squad, announced today by coach Tana Umaga, also includes teenage talent Caleb Clarke, who returns after playing for the All Blacks Sevens team in the World […]