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. […]
31 Oct 2018
With three exceptions, the Blues has looked to its own provincial unions and development programme to complete the line-up for the 2019 Investec Super Rugby Championship. Veteran All Black Centurion, Ma’a Nonu will return to a team he has played for on two occasions and joins with two new signings from Tasman in fellow midfield […]
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.
01 Nov 2018
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 […]
The flanker has NZ Under-20 experience, from the 2010 World Cup, and earned his first cap for the Maori All Blacks in 2014. Sean came in to the Blues environment for two seasons before moving down to the Chiefs.
30 Oct 2018
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 […]
A raw and powerful number 8, Mathew Luamanu had a superb season with North Harbour in 2011 and was rewarded with his first Super Rugby contract. A product of St Patricks College Silverstream, Luamanu played representative rugby for Wellington from Under-16 through to the Under-21 level and represented New Zealand Schools and New Zealand Under-20s. […]
17 Oct 2018
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 […]
Toby Morland first made his Super Rugby debut for the Highlanders in 2004 and racked up 23 caps before being drafted to the Chiefs in 2009 where he appeared in the final against the Bulls. The halfback joined the Blues for one season in 2011. The 27-year-old then shifted to Ireland on a short term […]
21 Sep 2018
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 […]