Blair Urlich

Blair Urlich began his first-class career in 1998 with North Harbour and came into the Blues side for two years in 2000. He made the New Zealand Maori side and earned a one-year contract with Japanese club Mitsubishi Dynaboars.  

26 May 2017

Special-edition Blues/Samoa rugby balls

To commemorate the first-ever Investec Super Rugby match in Samoa, we’ve produced two limited-edition rugby balls that draw inspiration from the proud island nation, the Blues rugby region, and from some of the tattoos of our Samoan players. That’s right. Our Samoa-inspired blue supporters ball and the official match ball feature designs that are straight […]

Walter Little

The All Black legend played 50 caps as second five-eighth for the national side between 1990 and 1998, known for his pairing with Frank Bunce. He made 145 appearances for North Harbour and earned most of his Super Rugby caps with the Chiefs, before completing his New Zealand career with the Blues in 2000. 

08 Jun 2017

Milestones good news for the future

The international break is a good opportunity to look back on some Blues achievements and player milestones during the 2017 Investec Super Rugby season, of which there have been many. A whopping nine players have made their Super rugby debut this season: Michael Collins, TJ Faiane, Hame Faiva, Bryn Gatland, Josh Goodhue, Stephen Perofeta, Leighton […]

Iliesa Tanivula

The Fijian-born utility back came to New Zealand in 1997 to join the Auckland Development XV. He returned to Fiji a year later to play for Nadi in the regional competition, the Farebrother Sullivan Trophy, against Suva. He was then recruited to play for the Brumbies in 1999, followed by the Blues in 2000 and […]

24 May 2017

Strong Blues side to battle Chiefs

The Blues have named a near full-strength side for their final round-robin game at Eden Park, when they take on the Chiefs on Friday night. All Black Patrick Tuipulotu returns to the starting line-up, while Michael Collins also returns at fullback after both came off the bench for the match against the Stormers in South […]

Davin Heaps

Davin Heaps alternated between the Hurricanes and the Blues during his Super Rugby career. The Southland player came in to the Blues for one season in 2000, before returning to his first Super Rugby team the Hurricanes.  

31 May 2017

Q&A with Jimmy Tupou

We asked hard man Jimmy Tupou some hard questions about life, rugby, and his first year at the Blues. What do you like better – cats or dogs? Dogs. What’s your favourite meal? Chicken fettuccini. Tell us something not many people know about you Although I was born in south Auckland, not a lot of […]

Orene Ai’i

Orene Ai’I made his Super Rugby debut in 1999 with the Hurricanes, before transferring up to the Blues in 2000. He would play intermittently with the Auckland-based side over the next 12 years, moving to Japan to play for the Toyota Verblitz and France to play for Toulon for brief periods. Ai’i also played Sevens […]

06 Jun 2017

Blues to present special haka

The Blues will unleash their first haka as a challenge to the British & Irish Lions at Eden Park on Wednesday night. Coach Tana Umaga said the players wanted to integrate the many cultures in the team into a unique challenge for some time and the DHL New Zealand Lions Series provided a great opportunity […]