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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

02 Jun 2017

Blues beat Reds in Samoa

The Blues held on to beat a defiant Reds side in the first-ever Investec Super Rugby match in Samoa. And they did it with a radically different team to the one that tied with the Chiefs at Eden Park last week. One of those changes, Rene Ranger made up for lost time by racing over […]

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 […]

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 […]

13 Jul 2017

Blues v Sunwolves Super Rugby Preview

Our Blues will look to finish the season off with a bang when they face the Sunwolves in Tokyo for the very first time in the club’s history. The Sunwolves are zero from four against Kiwi teams this season, suffering big losses against the Hurricanes (83-17), Crusaders (50-3), and Highlanders (40-15), before coming remarkably close […]

Matua Parkinson

Matua Parkinson joined the Blues in 2001, a year after making his Super Rugby debut for the Hurricanes. The openside flanker had previously been playing rugby league in Australia for the Canterbury Bulldogs reserve-grade side and for the New Zealand Sevens rugby squad, which he made upon his return to rugby at the end of […]

29 Jun 2017

Blues take lessons from volunteering

An exercise earlier this year, introduced the Blues to 16 different charitable organisations across Auckland. In teams of 8 or more, players were tasked with visiting a diverse short list of organisations to learn about the work they do in our community. Each team was then challenged to select just one organisation to re-visit for […]