18 Apr 2018

Gatland and Perofeta to start

The Blues’ two talented pivots both get their chance to start in Friday’s Investec Rugby clash against the Highlanders. Bryn Gatland returns for his fifth start at first five, with in-form Stephen Perofeta, who has started in the last three games at No 10, moving back to fullback. It is not a position that is […]

Saimone Taumoepeau

Saimone Taumoepeau turned his Auckland NPC jersey into an All Blacks jersey in just a few months and was the sole member of the 2004 end of year All Blacks squad to have played no Rebel Sport Super 12 rugby. Taumoepeau became known as one of the more mobile props in Super 14. His support […]

Craig McGrath

Craig McGrath captained the Blues’ Development team before making the squad in 2004, earning three caps for the side. He was selected to play for the New Zealand Maori that same year, after first making the side in 1999. He was then recruited to play for Coventry RUFC in England, followed by a sting with […]

11 Apr 2018

Japan A tour NZ

The National Development Squad (NDS) of the Japan Rugby Football Union will tour New Zealand this month. The side, known as Japan A will meet Blues A, in a curtain raiser for Blues vs Highlanders match, at Eden Park on Friday 20 April. Japan A allows fringe players to the Japan national side as well […]

Billy Fulton

Billy Fulton gained representative honours with the New Zealand Under-19, the NZ Maori and the NZ Maori Colts while living in New Zealand. He was also selected for one season with the Blues in 2004, making four appearances. Prior to the Blues, Fulton played for the Highlanders and the Crusaders. The halfback was then recruited […]

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 […]