A physical player who consistently broke the line and who earned an All Black selection in 2013, one year after making his Blues debut. Francis is the younger brother of former Blues player Peter and he brought a commanding presence to the Blues backline, destroying oppositions. At the end of the 2015 season, Francis signed […]
Hadleigh Parkes started his professional rugby career in Palmerston North in 2010 with the Manawatu provincial side. He then moved north to Auckland, earning his first Super Rugby contract with the Blues in 2012. This was followed by a stint with the Kings (2013) and Hurricanes (2014).
19 Apr 2018
Blues A will take on the visiting Japan A team at Eden Park on Friday, as a curtain-raiser to the Super Rugby match between the Blues and the Highlanders. The Japan side includes a number of full internationals as well as their developing players, with the match to kick-off at 5.05pm. Blues hooker Leni Apisai […]
As a young prop Angus has held his own alongside the powerful Blues and All Black front row. A player with excellent athleticism and a huge work rate, Angus played a major part in the Blues tight five in 2015. At the end of the 2015 season, Angus signed with the New South Wales Waratahs […]
18 Apr 2018
The Blues’ two talented pivots both get their chance to start in Friday’s Investec Rugby clash against the Highlanders. Bryn Gatland returns for his fifth start at first five, with in-form Stephen Perofeta, who has started in the last three games at No 10, moving back to fullback. It is not a position that is […]
Gareth Anscombe made an impressive debut for the Blues in 2012 after being involved in the Blues wider training squad in 2011. After his first season with the Blues, Anscombe was released to join the Chiefs from 2013 and 2014 before moving to Wales to pursue his heritage, playing for his mother’s country of birth. […]
11 Apr 2018
The National Development Squad (NDS) of the Japan Rugby Football Union will tour New Zealand this month. The side, known as Japan A will meet Blues A, in a curtain raiser for Blues vs Highlanders match, at Eden Park on Friday 20 April. Japan A allows fringe players to the Japan national side as well […]
David Raikuna joined the Blues for his first and only season of Super Rugby in 2012. At 24, he reached national honours as a member of the New Zealand Sevens team, and had the ability to cover centre, wing and fullback. Raikuna started his representative career with Counties-Manukau before moving to North Harbour in 2011.