18 Apr 2018

Gatland and Perofeta to start

The Blues’ two talented pivots both get their chance to start in Friday’s Investec Rugby clash against the Highlanders. Bryn Gatland returns for his fifth start at first five, with in-form Stephen Perofeta, who has started in the last three games at No 10, moving back to fullback. It is not a position that is […]

11 Apr 2018

Japan A tour NZ

The National Development Squad (NDS) of the Japan Rugby Football Union will tour New Zealand this month. The side, known as Japan A will meet Blues A, in a curtain raiser for Blues vs Highlanders match, at Eden Park on Friday 20 April. Japan A allows fringe players to the Japan national side as well […]

Dean Budd

The Northland flanker made his professional debut with Auckland in 2008, before moving to Northland in 2010 for the national provincial competition. He made five appearances for the Blues, before moving to Japan to play for the NEC Green Rockets and then to Italy to represent Benetton Rugby Treviso.

Paul Williams

Paul Williams was an exciting fullback whose straight running and solid defence earned him a regular starting spot in the Blues XV in 2009. With Rene Ranger, Joe Rokocoko, Isaia Toeava and Rudi Wulf occupying the wing/fullback duties in 2010, Williams saw little game time for the Blues but did impress in his regular cameos […]

Chris Lowrey

Before his season was cut short through injury, Chris Lowrey received the Blues’ Rookie of the Year award in 2009. Further illness and injury, coupled with Viliami Ma’afu establishing himself as the first choice number 8, curtailed Chris’ progress with the Blues in 2010 but he rediscovered his form in 2011, stepping up in the […]

16 Apr 2018

Blues to honor ANZACs

This year’s exciting home derby against the Highlanders will have added significance, falling on Poppy Day. Poppy Day is a time to pause and remember our fallen service womenand men as well as all those who returned home. The Blues will honour our ANZAC soldiers in a moving tribute pre match, by stopping to observe […]

Bronson Murray

Strongman Bronson Murray was an experienced campaigner with 63 caps for Northland when he made his debut and played his only season for the Blues in 2008. In 2009 he moved south to play for the Crusaders, and then joined the Highlanders for the 2011 Investec Super Rugby competition. The Taniwha stalwart switched to tighthead […]

12 Apr 2018

Tuipulotu celebrates
50th for the Blues

All Black Patrick Tuipulotu will play his 50th game for the Blues when they take on the Sunwolves in Tokyo on Saturday. Tuipulotu, who made his debut in 2014, has played in all six games for the Blues this season, while fullback Michael Collins will play his 20thand blazer game for the Blues. The added […]