01 Nov 2018

Five players to watch

Yesterday, coach Tana Umaga unveiled a 38-man squad full of proven talent, rising stars and marquee signings.   We’re not ones to play favourites, but here’s five players we think our fans will want to follow in 2019.   Karl Tu’inukuafe   All Black number 1171 has made a truly remarkable rise.   The 25-year-old […]

Dan Pryor

The Auckland-born loose forward made his provincial start with Northland and his Super Rugby start with the Blues in 2012. He has since made his home down south with the Highlanders, beginning in 2015. Dan is also a Maori All Blacks representative.

30 Oct 2018

Tu’inukuafe’s rapid rise continues

All Blacks prop Karl Tu’inukuafe will officially graduate from the international newcomers’ class of 2018 as one of the world’s best.   The 2018 All Black prop, who shot to fame after a shock call-up as injury cover for the All Blacks during the June international season, has been named one of three World Rugby […]

Liaki Moli

Liaki Moli represented New Zealand at Under-17, Secondary School and Under-20 age groups and in 2010 was the NZRU’s Age Grade Player of the Year. A string of injuries delayed his Super Rugby debut until 2012 and 2013 was a frustrating season for him due to limited game time, but Moli made a strong impact […]

17 Oct 2018

New Coach Adds Important Skills

Experienced Super Rugby trainer Phil Healey has been named to join the Blues with coaches Tana Umaga, Tom Coventry and Leon Macdonald. Healey, former Chiefs strength and conditioning coach and currently at Glasgow Warriors in Scotland, will join the Blues for the next two years to lead the club’s strength and conditioning programme. Healey was […]

Francis Saili

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 […]

21 Sep 2018

Brothers Ink Long Term Deals

New Zealand Rugby (NZR) has announced that they have secured the key signatures of All Blacks, Blues and Auckland Rugby brothers, Rieko and Akira Ioane, who have both signed long-term contracts with the national body, their Blues club and the Auckland province. 21-year-old Rieko, the current World Breakthrough Player of the Year and nominee for […]

Hadleigh Parkes

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).

13 Sep 2018

Nonu Returns In 2019

All Black Centurion Ma’a Nonu will return to the Blues for the 2019 Investec Super Rugby Championship. The 36-year-old will bring his rugby career full circle in New Zealand, after playing for Toulon in the French Championship for three years. After deciding it was time to return to New Zealand with his wife Andrea and […]

Angus Ta’avao

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 […]