19 Jul 2017

Q&A with Shane King

New Talent Identification and Player Development Manager Shane King took time out from his quest to find the next Rieko Ioane to tell us a bit about his role at the club… What is your role at the Blues? I’m responsible for identifying potential professional rugby players in the region from the 1st XV level, […]

Mose Tuiali’i

The Auckland-born and Kelston Boys High educated loose forward made his Super Rugby debut for the Blues in 2003, coming off the bench for three caps. Tuiali’i was then recruited in to the Crusaders side for the 2004 season, the same year he made his All Blacks debut against Argentina. From 2009 to 2013, Tuiali’i took […]

Shannon Paku

Shannon Paku made his professional rugby debut with Wellington in 2000 and was soon pulled in to the Hurricanes side in 2001. Paku would remain with the Wellington-based squad until 2008, aside from his one-year stint with the Blues in 2003 where he would earn two caps. The wing played for the New Zealand Maori […]

15 Jul 2017

Japanese horror show

The same Blues side that etched its name in the history books last month with a momentous win against the British & Irish Lions has made history for all the wrong reasons today, becoming the first Kiwi side to fall to the Sunwolves. That’s right. The struggling Japanese side scored a massive upset at Prince […]

Angus Macdonald

Macdonald’s all-round ability has seen him play lock and each of the loose forward positions during an impressive first class career. He gave admirable service to Auckland from the early 2000s until the end of the 2007 season, when at the early age of 26 he joined the overseas exodus. Macdonald only appeared twice for […]

12 Jul 2017

Blues warm to the Heat in Japan

The Blues have kicked off our new relationship with Honda Heat Rugby Club with a camp in Suzuka, Japan to help prepare for the return to Investec Super Rugby. The Blues squad spent a week at the Honda Heat training base and the camp involved combined training sessions, staff connections and a match. The Blues […]

Bradley Mika

Brad Mika returned from Japan to play for the Blues in 2011 but a knee injury followed by an Achilles injury kept him sidelined for the entire season. Prior to heading overseas Mika had played for the Blues, Hurricanes and Crusaders in Super Rugby as well as three tests for the All Blacks in 2002.

05 Jul 2017

Q&A with Patrick Tuipulotu

Ferocious on the field and a gentleman off it, big lock Patrick Tuipulotu prefers to let his actions on the paddock do the talking for him. Nevertheless, we managed to lure in the 12-test All Black with promises of fresh meatloaf if he answered these questions for us… What’s your favourite meal? Meatloaf with mashed […]

09 Aug 2017

Leading from the front: Jimmy Tupou

When Jimmy Tupou lead the Blues onto the field in his first ever game for the club – our round one clash against the Rebels in Melbourne – he joined Zinzan Brooke as the only other player to captain the team on debut. “That was only because James and Jerome were unavailable for that first […]