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 […]

09 Jun 2017

Blues in All Blacks squads

We’re delighted to report that the following Blues players have been named in the All Blacks and Maori All Blacks squads for the DHL New Zealand Lions Series. Maori All Blacks Leighton Price Kara Pryor Ihaia West Declan O’Donnell Akira Ioane (also in the All Blacks as injury cover) Congratulations also to Auckland prop Marcel […]

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 […]

07 Jun 2017

Photos: Blues v British & Irish Lions

Photos by Photosport NZ

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.

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 […]

Deacon Manu

Deacon Manu was born in New Zealand but played representative rugby for both the New Zealand Maori against the British and Irish Lions (3 caps) and for Fiji (14 caps). The prop’s first professional rugby match was with Waikato in 1999, followed closely by a Super Rugby contract with the Chiefs in 2001. Manu was […]

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 […]

26 Jul 2017

Photos: Blues Awards 2017

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

David Gibson

David Gibson started his career in Taranaki at fullback for the New Zealand Secondary Schools team before shifting to Otago University. He made the Otago and North Island Under-18s and went on to play for the New Zealand Under-19 and Under-21 sides. In 2002 he played for the Highlanders but moved to Auckland to play […]