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 […]

Nick White

The Northland and Auckland prop debuted for the Blues in 1999, earning 31 caps for the side. Over the next ten years, White would move to the Crusaders, then the Highlanders and back to the Blues. At the end of 2009, White was forced to retire due to a hip replacement but stayed on in […]

Samiu Vahafolau

Samiu Vahafolau earned his first Super Rugby cap with the Blues in 1999 and alternated between the Auckland-based side and the Highlanders over the next four years. The Tongan-born number eight would then play for Japanese side, Sanyo Wilf Knights, before transferring to French clubs Biarritz and then Béziers. He debuted for Tonga in 2007, […]

Tony Monaghan

Tony Monaghan played three caps for the Blues, but was widely recognised as a Northland stalwart and one of the most reliable All Black Sevens players. He earned Player of the Wellington World Series Sevens Tournament in 2000 and was recognised for strong, consistent play throughout his Sevens and Rugby career. After his rugby career, […]

Joe Veitayaki

Joe Veitayaki played for the Blues in 1999, earning two caps after a year-long stint with the Chiefs in 1996. The Fijian-born prop became a stalwart for his national side, playing 49 caps between 1994 and 2003 as well as playing in the 1999 and 2003 Rugby World Cups.