Graham Henry selected James Christian for the Auckland NPC team straight out of high school. He played three seasons with the Blues, earning three caps for the side and playing the 1998 Super Rugby final. Christian also played for representative teams the New Zealand Colts, New Zealand Universities and the Barbarians. He played for Newcastle […]
05 Jun 2017
The Blues club has the honour of becoming the first New Zealand Super Rugby team to play the British and Irish Lions at Eden Park on Wednesday. The Blues will have eight current or former All Blacks in their side to play the Lions, led by Captain James Parsons, when the team was named at […]
While only earning two caps for the Blues in 1998, Shane McDonald enjoyed a long career with his home regional team Taranaki, earning 118 caps for the team and 90 points as hooker.
06 Jun 2017
Our Blues will be playing for a lot more than pride when they tackle the touring British & Irish Lions at Eden Park on 7 June. A specially commissioned Maori Taiaha will be presented to the winner of the historic match. Named ‘Te Raki’ to denote our geographical location ‘north’, the traditional Maori weapon is […]
Hayden Taylor played centre for the Blues between 1998 and 2001. The Northlander was most recognised for his commitment to regional rugby, playing for Northland between 1995 and 2007 and earning 124 caps in the process. He went on to manage the Northland team in later years.
06 Jun 2017
The Rotorua-born centre started his Super Rugby career with the Chiefs in 1997 before spending two years with the Blues from 1998-1999. He played the majority of his professional rugby career in Canterbury, earning 126 Super Rugby caps with the Crusaders from 2000 to 2009. Ralph made the New Zealand Sevens side, the All Blacks […]
31 May 2017
Blues assistant coach Dave Ellis is something of a rugby nomad, having plied his trade in South Africa, Ireland, Argentina, and New Zealand. We caught up with the highly-respected skills coach near the end of his debut season with our club, to ask him about his life, his work, and his new favourite team. How […]
The Fiji international earned 34 caps for his home nation between 1996 and 2006, covering two Rugby World Cups in 1999 and 2003. He played two years of Super Rugby in New Zealand, first for the Blues and then the Chiefs in 1999.
12 May 2017
The Blues ran in eight tries to thump a feisty Cheetahs side 50-32 at Eden Park tonight, banking a crucial bonus point in the process. It wasn’t always pretty – the team will rue some handling errors and a lack of cohesion during much of the first half – but sometimes it absolutely was, with plenty […]