Andrew van der Heijden

Lock Andrew Van der Heijden came into the team in 2009 to provide cover for a growing casualty list and ended up playing three games for the club. Andrew Van der Heijden was schooled at Auckland Grammar School and was a member of the Auckland Academy before being loaned to Counties-Manukau in 2006. He started […]

06 Mar 2018

MEET THE “DOC”

Meet James McGarvey. He’s the new Blues’ medicine man, stepping into the shoes of the seasoned Stephen Kara, who had 10 years as the club’s doctor. McGarvey is not new to rugby. Far from it. He started back in 2003 as team doctor for (Auckland) Marist, moving to Ponsonby, then to Counties Manukau, Auckland and […]

Tom Chamberlain

Not initially selected in the Blues’ Wider Training Group in 2009, young open side Tom Chamberlain was drafted into the squad to provide cover for a mounting casualty list and ended up playing three games. Chamberlain made the most ruck turnovers of any player in the 2009 Air New Zealand Cup and was rewarded with […]

Jay Williams

Jay Williams, the younger brother of Blues teammate Ali, played well in the latter part of the 2008 Super 14 as a draft player for the Chiefs. He was selected in the Blues Squad for 2009 and went on to play seven games for the club, but after missing out on selection in 2010 he […]

Lachie Munro

Lachie Munro was named in the Blues squad for the first time in 2011, although he had made appearances for the team in both 2009 and 2010. A former New Zealand Sevens and Under-21 representative player, Munro was a gifted footballer with the ability to cover wing, fullback and first five-eighths. He began his rugby […]

02 Mar 2018

Big Day Out for Blues at Shadbolt Park

Saturday sees a big doubleheader for the club when the Blues Under 20s and A teams will play at Shadbolt Park, home of the Suburbs rugby club. Sponsored by Westie Pies, the Under 20s will be the curtainraiser against the Hurricanes Under 20s and have a side riddled with young talent, most of it not long […]

Winston Stanley

Winston is the younger brother of Benson Stanley, proving to be an aggressive tackler and an outstanding provider of quality ball to his outsides. A member of the World Cup winning New Zealand Under-20 side, Stanley made his debut for the Blues in 2009 after being selected in the Wider Training Group. Surgery on both his […]

Michael Hobbs

Debuting for the Blues in 2009, Michael Hobbs returned to the Blues for the 2012 season after a year with the Highlanders and an extended layoff due to major back surgery. Hobbs debuted for Wellington in the 2008 Air NZ Cup after two years living in Brisbane, contracted to the Queensland Rugby Academy. He is […]