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 […]

Brent Thompson

Brent Thompson transferred up to the Blues in 2004 after starting his Super Rugby career with the Hurricanes in 2000. He then took up a contract with Japanese club Suntory in 2004 and returned to New Zealand in 2007. The flanker played for Taranaki throughout much of his rugby career, only transferring to Manawatu in […]

Tasesa Lavea

Tasesa Lavea had been an age grade rep through the ages of 14, 15 and 16 and was selected in both the Auckland and New Zealand Schools sides in 1998. The following year he was picked up by rugby league scouts from the Melbourne Storm and remained with that side for two years, before playing […]

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 […]

Greg Feek

A Ranfurly Shield winner as part of Taranaki’s unheralded 1996 side, Greg Feek offered yeoman service to the Crusaders when he moved south to join the club in 1998. He remained until the close of the Super 12 decade. Feek was named in the All Blacks in 1999 and went on to gain 10 test caps […]

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 […]

Greg Rawlinson

South-African born Greg Rawlinson secured himself a spot in the Super 12 after just two seasons playing rugby in New Zealand. Born and raised in Natal, Rawlinson made his Super 12 debut for the Sharks while playing NPC rugby for Bay of Plenty and later North Harbour. He joined the Blues in 2004, making 39 appearances […]

26 Jul 2017

Saying goodbye to Charlie Faumuina

At last night’s Blues Awards we bid farewell to the gentle giant with fast feet, a big heart, and an even bigger smile. That’s right. After a remarkable nine Super Rugby seasons with us, Charlie Faumuina leaves the Blues as the sixth most-capped player in our history, and joins an esteemed group of legendary players […]

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 […]