16 Apr 2018

Blues to honor ANZACs

This year’s exciting home derby against the Highlanders will have added significance, falling on Poppy Day. Poppy Day is a time to pause and remember our fallen service womenand men as well as all those who returned home. The Blues will honour our ANZAC soldiers in a moving tribute pre match, by stopping to observe […]

Nick Williams

A young Nick Williams made such an impact in his debut season for North Harbour’s NPC team with his rampaging runs, that his Blues selection was inevitable. Williams went on to establish himself as a key player in the Blues’ number eight jersey, racking up 37 caps in his four years with the franchise. At […]

12 Apr 2018

Tuipulotu celebrates
50th for the Blues

All Black Patrick Tuipulotu will play his 50th game for the Blues when they take on the Sunwolves in Tokyo on Saturday. Tuipulotu, who made his debut in 2014, has played in all six games for the Blues this season, while fullback Michael Collins will play his 20thand blazer game for the Blues. The added […]

Taufa’ao Filise

Powerful prop Taufa’ao Filise grew up in Tonga and went to Tupou College in Nuku’alofa. In 2000, he joined Bay of Plenty and was signed by the Blues for one season in 2005. In 2007, Taufa’ao joined former Blues captain Xavier Rush at the Cardiff Blues. Filise also made 29 appearances for Tonga and was […]

Saimone Taumoepeau

Saimone Taumoepeau turned his Auckland NPC jersey into an All Blacks jersey in just a few months and was the sole member of the 2004 end of year All Blacks squad to have played no Rebel Sport Super 12 rugby. Taumoepeau became known as one of the more mobile props in Super 14. His support […]

Craig McGrath

Craig McGrath captained the Blues’ Development team before making the squad in 2004, earning three caps for the side. He was selected to play for the New Zealand Maori that same year, after first making the side in 1999. He was then recruited to play for Coventry RUFC in England, followed by a sting with […]

05 Apr 2018

ABs back for clash against Chiefs

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

Q&A: Alex Hodgman

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 […]

Billy Fulton

Billy Fulton gained representative honours with the New Zealand Under-19, the NZ Maori and the NZ Maori Colts while living in New Zealand. He was also selected for one season with the Blues in 2004, making four appearances. Prior to the Blues, Fulton played for the Highlanders and the Crusaders. The halfback was then recruited […]