Tevita Mailau faced a baptism of fire in his first match for the Blues against the Bulls in Pretoria in 2009, but being thrust into the cauldron of Loftus Versfeld proved to be the prop’s making as he has went from strength to strength. He performed with distinction for Auckland over the 2009 to 2012 […]
13 Feb 2018
We welcome back our All Blacks for Thursday’s final pre-season match against the Hurricanes ahead of the start of the Investec Super Rugby Championship. The match sponsored by Westie Pies, will be hosted by Mahurangi Rugby Club and North Harbour Rugby Union at the Mahurangi Rugby Club, Warkworth A&P Showgrounds starting at 4pm. The game will […]
A former Otago and Highlanders representative, Auckland-born Chris Smylie returned to North Harbour for the 2008 Air New Zealand Cup and played his third season for the Blues in 2011 after making his debut in 2009. Smylie made his New Zealand Maori debut in 2006 and is a former recipient of the NPC Division One […]
08 Dec 2017
2degrees will be the exclusive telecommunications partner for all five New Zealand teams competing in the Investec Super Rugby competition from February 2018. 2degrees CEO Stewart Sherriff says the sponsorship is a positive reflection of the company’s national capability. “This is a significant sponsorship for 2degrees, we think it’s a great metaphor for our growing […]
11 Dec 2017
Peter was a key part of the Blues’ much-vaunted back row, noted for his great work between 2009 and 2015. His younger brother Francis also joined him at the Blues.
07 Dec 2017
Brisbane Global Rugby Tens Pool A features this year’s surprise package the Panasonic Wild Knights from Japan’s Top League alongside the Melbourne Rebels, Queensland Reds and Blues. That draw sets up a fitting rematch between the Blues and Reds following their 17-17 draw at this year’s inaugural tournament. Blues Head Coach, Tana Umaga, said “We’re […]
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.
01 Dec 2017
Halfback Augustine Pulu will captain the Blues in the 2018 Investec Super Rugby Championships. Coach Tana Umaga said Pulu, along with previous captains Jerome Kaino and James Parsons, form part of the senior leadership group. “Both James and Jerome are sidelined for some time from surgeries and I wanted our captain to take the reins […]
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 […]