2009 was a pivotal year for Kurtis Haiu who came of age as one of New Zealand’s commanding lineout jumpers. With fellow lock Ali Williams ruled out for the entire 2010 campaign because of injury, Haui stepped up another gear to lead by example at the lineout. But for such a large, imposing forward, his […]
At just 20 years of age Rudi Wulf was already in the Blues squad, New Zealand Sevens and Colts teams when a freak swimming pool accident left him with a fractured vertebrae in his neck. After 11 months on the sidelines he made a full recovery to become one of the most dangerous attacking wingers […]
Tamati Ellison made his debut for the Blues as an injury replacement in 2005, playing just one game for the franchise before rejoining the Hurricanes in 2006 where he played for five years. In 2006, Ellison was a member of the New Zealand Sevens team that won gold at the Commonwealth Games. In 2007 he captained […]
05 Apr 2018
The Blues welcome back All Blacks Ofa Tuungafasi and Matt Duffie into their side to take on Super Rugby neighbours The Chiefs in Hamilton on Saturday. Both missed last week with niggling injuries, although the squad still has 12 players unable to be considered for selection. Coach Tana Umaga said he is looking for a […]
04 Apr 2018
PROP | 1.96m | 122kg | 22yo Big, athletic prop who made an instant impression when moving back to Auckland from the Crusaders in 2017 season. The former Fiji and NZ U20 player finished 2017 with five caps including coming on as replacement against the British & Irish Lions. He had an outstanding Mitre 10 […]
The Samoan international earned 10 caps for his national side between 2003 and 2006, earning a spot in the 2003 Rugby World Cup in the process. John played for Northland in 2006, before moving on to Edinburgh Rugby, Bourgoin ASM Clermont Auvergne and FC Grenoble.
The one-cap Blues hooker made his name at a provincial level, playing for North Harbour from 2004 to 2007.
29 Mar 2018
The Blues face their third South African team in as many weeks, this time back on their hallowed home turf at Eden Park against the Sharks on Easter Saturday. There have been some changes with players lost to injury and others coming back to the squad from Injury. In the backs, the loss of Sonny […]