31 Oct 2018

Blues promote from within for 2019

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 […]

Sherwin Stowers

New Zealand Sevens gold-medallist Sherwin Stowers turned down the Chiefs and Highlanders to come home and join the Blues for the 2011 Investec Super Rugby competition.  The De La Salle College graduate came through Auckland Rugby Union’s Pro Sport education programme and High Performance Academy before joining Counties-Manukau in 2008. Stowers also represented New Zealand […]

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 […]

Jared Payne

An elusive fullback who played for the New Zealand Under-21 and Schools Sevens teams, Jared Payne was one of eight new players to join the Blues squad for the 2011 Investec Super Rugby competition. Payne first played representative rugby for Waikato and made his made his Super Rugby debut in 2007 with the Chiefs before […]

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 […]

Michael Reid

The former North Harbour captain made 48 appearances for North Harbour and one for the Blues, before injury forced an early retirement at age 25. Ruptured tendons were deemed irreparable, even after four seasons or rehabilitation and surgery. Fortunately, the prop had a Bachelor of Commerce degree to utilise after leaving professional sport.

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 […]

Filo Paulo

Initially named in the Blues Wider Training Group in 2010, Filo Paulo was thrust into the full squad to replace the injured Ali Williams and performed admirably, playing 12 games in his debut season. An extremely physical player and a strong lineout jumper, Paulo played his first season of provincial rugby in 2011 for North […]

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 […]

Alby Mathewson

Alby Mathewson signed with Auckland in 2009 and made his Blues debut in 2010 after previously playing for the Hurricanes. His move north reaped immediate awards as he was named the 2010 Super 14 Player of the Year and went on to be selected in the All Blacks end of year tour. The Former New […]