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 […]
11 Aug 2017
Former New Zealand Under-20 captain and Maori All Black hooker Leni Apisai will play for the Blues in the Investec Super Rugby competition until 2019. The 21-year-old, who will play for Wellington in the Mitre 10 Cup, has been a member of the Hurricanes since 2016. Apisai played for the New Zealand Schools in 2013, […]
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 […]
25 Aug 2017
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.
22 Sep 2017
Saturday 23 September Marist Old Boys Rugby Club. Mt Wellington War Memorial Reserve, 20-50 Dunkirk Road, Panmure.
Hayden Reid was another great New Zealand Sevens player who made a brief appearance in the Blues jersey. Reid played utility back for the national sevens side between 2001 and 2003 and again from 2005 to 2006. He then moved to Italy to play club rugby for four years at the end of his playing […]
09 Aug 2017
If you’ve been to a Blues game in the last five seasons, then the chances are very good that you’ve seen – or indeed heard – the Blues Supporters 4 Life group supporting our team from the lower east stand at Eden Park. “It just started out as a good way to share my love […]
Hooker Derren Witcombe was a surprise choice for the Blues in 2002 after just one season of provincial rugby for Northland, but he went on to cement his place in the squad and played five seasons for the club. He missed the 2005 season due to a serious neck injury whilst playing for Auckland against […]
25 Jul 2017
Outstanding loose forward Steven Luatua has been voted our Most Valuable Player as well as the Players’ Player of the Year at the Blues Awards for 2017. The much-loved Blues stalwart, who is leaving the club for Bristol after earning 76 caps since his debut in 2012, was honoured with both awards at a glamorous […]