James Arlidge

James Arlidge made a big impression after joining the Blues as an injury replacement for Carlos Spencer in 2001, scoring 18 points against the Cats on debut. Arlidge was a fine goal kicker who played just two seasons for the Blues from 2001-02 before shifting south to play for the Highlanders. After a single season in […]

31 May 2017

Our Samoan connection

It’s no coincidence that we’ve chosen to bring the first-ever Investec Super Rugby match to Samoa, considering our long and proud kinship with the rugby-mad country. As well as the Blues region being home to around 150,000 Samoans, we currently have 15 players in our team with Samoan heritage, along with our head coach Tana […]

Kees Meeuws

After a five-year stint with the Highlanders, Aucklander Kees Meeuws returned home in 2002 to play three seasons with the Blues. Meeuws played 42 tests for the All Blacks between 1998 and 2004, scoring 10 test tries. In 2004, Meeuws left New Zealand to take up a contract with French club Castres Olympique. After He […]

26 May 2017

Tense draw in the rain

The Blues and Chiefs played out a tense, nail-biting draw in the rain at Eden Park tonight, eventually tying the match 16-16. Both sides traded penalties early. Damian McKenzie got his side’s first points, before Piers Francis returned in kind, a few minutes later. They were the only points in the first 30 minutes of […]

Mark Mayerhofler

Mark Mayerhofler began and ended his career in New Zealand first class rugby with North Harbour. But he is better remembered for the long and successful association he had with Canterbury and the Crusaders, where he won three Super Rugby titles. At the end of 2000 he moved to France, but never settled and was back […]

Amasio Valance

The first five-eighth was born in Nadi, Fiji, but pledged allegiance to New Zealand in 1998 when he helped the Sevens team win gold at the 1998 Commonwealth Games. This was followed up by two more gold medals – in 2002 in Manchester, and 2006 in Melbourne. Valence only played one cap for the Blues […]

Jared Going

While Jared Going only played one season of Super Rugby with the Blues, he enjoyed a Sevens career with Northland and New Zealand Sevens. Going is the son of All Black Sid Going.  

05 Jul 2017

Meet our Sponsorship Manager

Though you mightn’t know her name, the chances are high that you’ve seen her work on match day, or you’ve entered a competition or attended an event that she had something to do with… Introducing Karen Parlane, who over the last four seasons as Blues Sponsorship Manager has been responsible for working alongside our amazing […]