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 […]

Nathan Kemp

The St Peter’s College First XV graduate first gained national honours in age-group and national secondary schools rugby. Kemp was then selected for the New Zealand Maori Colts and New Zealand Barbarians, earning the hooker a spot in the Blues Development team and then the Blues squad in 2004. He then moved south to play […]

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 […]

Bryce Williams

A regular starter for Auckland in the Air New Zealand Cup from 2002-2003, Bryce Williams earned the Crusaders call-up in 2003 on the back of a strong campaign for the NPC winners where he featured in eight of the side’s 10 matches. A product of the Suburbs club, Williams had also been called up to […]

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 […]

Brent Thompson

Brent Thompson transferred up to the Blues in 2004 after starting his Super Rugby career with the Hurricanes in 2000. He then took up a contract with Japanese club Suntory in 2004 and returned to New Zealand in 2007. The flanker played for Taranaki throughout much of his rugby career, only transferring to Manawatu in […]

Tasesa Lavea

Tasesa Lavea had been an age grade rep through the ages of 14, 15 and 16 and was selected in both the Auckland and New Zealand Schools sides in 1998. The following year he was picked up by rugby league scouts from the Melbourne Storm and remained with that side for two years, before playing […]

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 […]