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 […]

14 May 2018

BLUES AND BNZ GIFT BOOTS

Blues players and staff volunteers from BNZ enjoyed a busy afternoon as they ensured some 600 pairs of used rugby boots were made fit for new owners. It is part of the Blues Best Foot Forward program which, in association with major partner BNZ, re-purposes used boots donated by the public. The boots were cleaned […]

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 […]

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 […]

David Smith

Crowd favourite David Smith was initially drafted into the Hurricanes squad in 2007 after lighting up the Air New Zealand Cup with Auckland in 2006, scoring six tries in eleven appearances in his debut season. The speedster returned home to make his debut for the Blues in 2008 and made five appearances, but he signed […]

09 May 2018

Ofa & SBW back in Blues to play Hurricanes

Fresh from re-signing with the Blues for another three years, prop Ofa Tuungafasi returns to the front row to play the Hurricanes at Eden Park on Friday night. He is joined by fellow All Black Sonny Bill Williams in making a return to the Blues starting line-up – Tuungafasi having missed three games and Williams […]

09 May 2018

Blues stars of the future in NZ U20s

The five young players who trained with the Blues under the ITC (Interim Training Contract) programme this season have been named in the New Zealand Under-20 team to contest the World Rugby Championship this month. Harry Plummer, Robb Cobb, Waimana Riedlinger-Kapa, Hoskins Sotutu and Tanielu Tele’a were named in the 28-strong New Zealand side to […]

Bryn Evans

Bryn Evans was selected for his debut season with the Blues in 2008 after a consistent campaign with Hawke’s Bay in the Air New Zealand Cup. He then joined the Hurricanes in 2009 where he earned 11 caps including three in the starting XV. This brought him selection in the New Zealand Juniors to play in […]

Tom McCartney

Tom McCartney was a consistent performer for the Blues since he made his debut for the club in 2008. McCartney sacrificed himself for the squad last season and shifted to loosehead prop in the absence of Tony Woodcock, however he did transition back to hooker in 2014. Affectionately nicknamed ‘Freak’ for his impressive strength and […]