29 Nov 2017

Blues Train Future Prospects

Last Saturday, our Elite Apprenticeship group came together at Blues HQ. This group included leading players from our Under 18 and Under 20 squads. Our NZ U20 training squad members, who had a mental skills session earlier in the week, were joined by their younger counterparts to share valuable experiences and assist with building individual […]

Shannon Paku

Shannon Paku made his professional rugby debut with Wellington in 2000 and was soon pulled in to the Hurricanes side in 2001. Paku would remain with the Wellington-based squad until 2008, aside from his one-year stint with the Blues in 2003 where he would earn two caps. The wing played for the New Zealand Maori […]

20 Nov 2017

Blues U17 Squad Announced for 2018

Image: 2017 Blues Under 17 Development Squad training at Alexandra Park, Auckland. We’re pleased to announce the under 17 players who have been identified as players with future potential and selected for the 2018 Blues Under 17 Development Squad. Blues High Performance Manager Tony Hanks led a team of talent identification staff from Northland, North […]

Angus Macdonald

Macdonald’s all-round ability has seen him play lock and each of the loose forward positions during an impressive first class career. He gave admirable service to Auckland from the early 2000s until the end of the 2007 season, when at the early age of 26 he joined the overseas exodus. Macdonald only appeared twice for […]

14 Nov 2017

BNZ Gives #BluesBFF The Thumbs Up

The Blues’ ‘Best Foot Forward’ boot recycling initiative launched earlier this year is being given a kick along by BNZ. The bank has become a major partner of the community programme to collect pre-loved boots for re-distribution to worthy recipients at clubs and schools in the Blues’ region. BNZ stores will become the main collection […]

Bradley Mika

Brad Mika returned from Japan to play for the Blues in 2011 but a knee injury followed by an Achilles injury kept him sidelined for the entire season. Prior to heading overseas Mika had played for the Blues, Hurricanes and Crusaders in Super Rugby as well as three tests for the All Blacks in 2002.

02 Nov 2017

Spencer back in blue for Brisbane Tens

Three-time Super Rugby title winner Carlos Spencer will play for the Blues at the Brisbane Global Rugby Tens at Suncorp Stadium in February. Described by some as one of the most precocious talents to grace a rugby field, Spencer played 96 games for the Blues between 1996 and 2005, and was instrumental in the club […]

Deacon Manu

Deacon Manu was born in New Zealand but played representative rugby for both the New Zealand Maori against the British and Irish Lions (3 caps) and for Fiji (14 caps). The prop’s first professional rugby match was with Waikato in 1999, followed closely by a Super Rugby contract with the Chiefs in 2001. Manu was […]

01 Nov 2017

Mix of proven & prospects for 2018

The Blues have secured some exciting new additions to boost a settled core of proven performers for their 2018 Investec Super Rugby Championship campaign. Ten current or former All Blacks are joined by some impressive 2017 Blues players to form the nucleus of the side for 2018. The Blues have also rewarded a number of […]

David Gibson

David Gibson started his career in Taranaki at fullback for the New Zealand Secondary Schools team before shifting to Otago University. He made the Otago and North Island Under-18s and went on to play for the New Zealand Under-19 and Under-21 sides. In 2002 he played for the Highlanders but moved to Auckland to play […]