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 […]

Matt Lord

Matt Lord began his professional rugby career with North Harbour, winning the 2001 Players Player of the Year for the team. He was called in to the Blues in 2002 before moving to England the same year to take up a contract with the Northampton Saints. He played there until 2009, making 154 appearances. 

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]