07 Jun 2017

Historic victory against Lions

This Blues side etched its name in the history books with a glorious, hard-fought 22-16 victory over the visiting British & Irish Lions, in front of a vocal Eden Park crowd of more than 40,000 people. Following a rousing haka, the British & Irish Lions went more than 12 phases before the Blues finally got […]

Matt Lord

Matt Lord began his professional rugby career with North Harbour, winning the 2001 Players Player of the Year for the team. He was called in to the Blues in 2002 before moving to England the same year to take up a contract with the Northampton Saints. He played there until 2009, making 154 appearances. 

06 Jun 2017

Blues legend receives knighthood

We’re delighted by the news that Blues rugby legend Michael Jones has been made a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in this year’s Queen’s birthday honours. The rugby hall-of-famer – known affectionately as ‘Ice Man’ – has been recognised for the wonderful work he’s done for the Pacific community. That work […]

Hayden Reid

Hayden Reid was another great New Zealand Sevens player who made a brief appearance in the Blues jersey. Reid played utility back for the national sevens side between 2001 and 2003 and again from 2005 to 2006. He then moved to Italy to play club rugby for four years at the end of his playing […]

26 Jul 2017

Photos: Blues Awards 2017

Read more about this year’s Blues Awards and our award winners here. Pics by Photosport NZ

Derren Witcombe

Hooker  Derren  Witcombe  was a surprise choice for the Blues in 2002 after just one season of provincial rugby for Northland, but he went on to cement his place in the squad and played five seasons for the club. He missed the 2005 season due to a serious neck injury whilst playing for Auckland against […]

Christian Califano

The first French international to grace the Super Rugby competition, Christian Califano made his Test debut for France in Christchurch in 1994 in the same match that began the international career of Jonah Lomu. The versatile campaigner, who was equally at home on either side of the scrum, was named in France’s Team of the […]

13 Jul 2017

Faumuina, Luatua to start for final time for Blues in Japan

Charlie Faumuina and Steven Luatua will play their last games for the Blues in their Investec Super Rugby season finale against the Sunwolves in Tokyo on Saturday. Coach Tana Umaga has honoured the club’s first ever clash against the Sunwolves with their strongest possible combination including the Blues’ All Blacks Jerome Kaino, Faumuina, Ofa Tu’ungafasi […]

Craig Newby

Craig Newby made his Super 12 debut for the Blues in 2001, but only had four starts in his seven appearances, and was more comfortable with the greater opportunities he received in the Highlanders when he first went there as a draft player in 2002. After a season in England in 2002-03 with Newcastle he […]