James Arlidge made a big impression after joining the Blues as an injury replacement for Carlos Spencer in 2001, scoring 18 points against the Cats on debut. Arlidge was a fine goal kicker who played just two seasons for the Blues from 2001-02 before shifting south to play for the Highlanders. After a single season in […]
17 Aug 2017
Two young locks will jump to new heights in the Mitre-10 Cup competition that kicks off this week after signing extended Super Rugby contracts with the Blues. Auckland’s Scott Scrafton and North Harbour’s Gerard Cowley-Tuioti have signed with the Blues until 2019, after both enjoyed outstanding performances in Super Rugby this year. Cowley-Tuioti, 25, played […]
After a five-year stint with the Highlanders, Aucklander Kees Meeuws returned home in 2002 to play three seasons with the Blues. Meeuws played 42 tests for the All Blacks between 1998 and 2004, scoring 10 test tries. In 2004, Meeuws left New Zealand to take up a contract with French club Castres Olympique. After He […]
Mark Mayerhofler began and ended his career in New Zealand first class rugby with North Harbour. But he is better remembered for the long and successful association he had with Canterbury and the Crusaders, where he won three Super Rugby titles. At the end of 2000 he moved to France, but never settled and was back […]
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, […]
The first five-eighth was born in Nadi, Fiji, but pledged allegiance to New Zealand in 1998 when he helped the Sevens team win gold at the 1998 Commonwealth Games. This was followed up by two more gold medals – in 2002 in Manchester, and 2006 in Melbourne. Valence only played one cap for the Blues […]
25 Aug 2017
While Jared Going only played one season of Super Rugby with the Blues, he enjoyed a Sevens career with Northland and New Zealand Sevens. Going is the son of All Black Sid Going.
22 Sep 2017
Saturday 23 September Marist Old Boys Rugby Club. Mt Wellington War Memorial Reserve, 20-50 Dunkirk Road, Panmure.
The Australian-born utility back, Justin Wilson, was a former League international, playing for the Junior Kiwis before switching allegiance to Rugby. Wilson began his first-class career with Bay of Plenty between 1998 and 2000, during which time he was selected for the New Zealand Sevens team. He made the New Zealand A side in 2000, […]