17 May 2018

Line-up to host the Crusaders

The Blues has a more settled and experienced look to its team to take on the Crusaders in the Investec Super Rugby clash at Eden Park on Saturday night. Pauliasi Manu is reunited in the front row with James Parsons and Ofa Tuungafasi, with the trio sporting 213 Super Rugby caps between them. The change […]

16 May 2018

Umaga and MacDonald to lead Blues in 2019

The Blues and New Zealand Rugby (NZR) have today announced that Tana Umaga will have his role as Head Coach extended by a further 12 months to the end of the 2019 Investec Super Rugby season. The club and national body also announced that Tasman Mako Head Coach and former Crusaders Assistant Coach, Leon MacDonald […]

Sam Biddles

Sam Biddles was the only draft player to join the Blues when he signed as a 25-year-old in 2007. Born and raised in Dargaville, Biddles moved to Auckland to study at Kings College. After completing secondary school he moved to Christchurch to study at Lincoln University. In 2005 he moved to Waikato, playing the two […]

Chris Heard

Chris Heard was a tall prop with the ability to scrimmage and provide assistance and height as a lifter in the lineouts. A product of the Auckland Rugby Union Academy, Heard was a member of the Blues Wider Training Group in 2006 and stepped up to the full squad in 2007. After leading Auckland to […]

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 […]

George Pisi

Although George Pisi was a member of the Blues for five years from 2006-10, the gifted footballer only managed to rack up 18 caps as numerous injuries curtailed the promising fullback’s true potential. After missing the majority of the 2009 Rebel Sport Super 14 season through injury, the versatile back only managed three matches in […]

Onosa’i Auva’a

Onosa’i Auva’a was called into the Blues as a replacement in 2006 and quickly adjusted to the demands of Super 14 rugby. He played for the Blues until 2009, then moved to England to play for the Sale Sharks from 2011 to 2012. He represented New Zealand at Under-19 and Under-21 level, and won gold with […]

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 […]

Regan Tamihere

Regan Tamihere played a full year of rugby for North Harbour in 2006, the same year he earned his first Blues cap. He was dropped from the provincial side at the end of the same year, prompting Regan to pursue a career in the police force. He returned to rugby in 2011 to play substitute for […]