29 Nov 2017

VIDEO: RIEKO IOANE 2017 HIGHLIGHTS

Rieko Ioane has been awarded Breakthrough Player of Year at the 2017 World Rugby Awards held in Monaco. World Rugby Video: Awards Reaction  

Josh Blackie

Josh Blackie returned to New Zealand Rugby in 2009 after two seasons playing in Kobe, Japan. For the former Otago, Highlanders, New Zealand Sevens and Junior All Black openside flanker, it was also a return home, as Blackie was raised and educated in west Auckland. He made one appearance for the Blues as a draft player in 2002, […]

29 Nov 2017

Rieko Ioane Awarded World Rugby Breakthrough Player of the Year

Rieko Ioane has been awarded Breakthrough Player of Year at the 2017 World Rugby Awards held in Monaco. Ioane was also a nominee for the Player of the Year award which was given to All Blacks and Hurricanes player Beauden Barrett. The fast and strapping midfield back or wing signed for the Blues for 2016 […]

Mike Storey

Prop Mike Storey played just two games for the Blues in his only season with the club in 2002. Storey made his provincial debut for Northland in 1999 after an off-season playing rugby in France. He was a regular age grade representative for his province before trying his hand at league in 1995 and 1996. Storey […]

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 […]

Jason Shoemark

A member of the world champion New Zealand Under-19 side in 1999, Jason Shoemark has also won two international titles with the New Zealand Under-21s and captained the side to the World Cup in South Africa in 2001. Shoemark made six appearances for the Blues from 2002-2003 but then shifted south to Otago in 2004, following that up […]

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 […]

Vula Maimuri

Formerly a forestry worker from the Awanui club – one of the northern-most in New Zealand – Vula Maimuri did a superb job for the Highlanders in his debut Super 12 season in 2001 before joining the Blues from 2002-2003. He played 5 tests for Fiji and also played for the New Zealand Barbarians during their win over the […]

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 […]

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.