Jason Barrell

Jason Barrell started his first-class career with Northland before moving south to Auckland. He started Super Rugby with the Chiefs and then the Blues in 1999. His professional rugby career was pulled short during an NPC match against Northland in 1999 when he broke his neck during a scrum. Many have been inspired by Barrell’s […]

31 May 2017

Q&A with nutritionist Dave Shaw

Team nutritionist Dave Shaw fuels the team for success on the footy field. We asked him about his role at the Blues, the benefits of a healthy diet, and what a promising young athlete should be doing to lift their performance to the next level. Tell us a bit about your role at the Blues […]

Glenn Taylor

Glenn Taylor alternated between the Chiefs, Hurricanes and Blues during his Super Rugby career. He’s most remembered for captaining the Northland side and earning 143 caps in the process. Taylor made six All Black appearances, only one being a test. He also made a number of representative teams, like the New Zealand Colts and the […]

02 Jun 2017

The history of British & Irish Lions tours to NZ

In rugby, there’s nothing quite like the British & Irish Lions – the history, the pageantry, the combined might of four top-tier rugby nations. You’d be forgiven for not remembering the first British Lions team to tour NZ, because you wouldn’t have been alive in 1904. They managed to beat a combined team from Canterbury/West […]

Mark Robinson

Mark Robinson was another Rugby Union and League crossover. He started his career with North Harbour in 1996, playing hooker for the regional team. He then joined the Chiefs from 1997 to 1998 before returning to the Blues from 1999-2002. Robinson then transferred to League, playing hooker for the Auckland-based club. He finished his playing […]

Marc Ellis

The utility back made waves in both Rugby League and Union. During the 1995 Rugby World Cup, Ellis scored six tries against Japan, breaking the record for most tries by an individual in a single game at the competition. He then proceeded to play League for the Warriors from 1996 to 1997, before returning to […]

James Christian

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 […]

31 May 2017

Q&A with Murphy Taramai

It’s easy to forget that dynamic loose forward Murphy Taramai is one of our new boys in 2017, considering he’s already managed to rack up over half a dozen Investec Super Rugby caps. What’s your favourite meal? Home-made lasagne that I make myself, or, even better, the lasagne that my mum makes. Tell us something […]