Shane McDonald

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. 

Hayden Taylor

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. 

Caleb Ralph

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 […]

Apenisa Naevo

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.

31 May 2017

Understanding concussion

The Blues and New Zealand Rugby go to great lengths to tackle the problem of concussion in our game head on – but what is a concussion and what are its symptoms? The most common type of head injury in sport, a concussion can occur when a player receives an impact to the head or […]

Paul Mitchell

Paul Mitchell has rugby at his roots. Mitchell earned 188 caps for King Country between 1988 and 2001. His brother John coached the All Blacks and his father-in-law is fellow King Country legend Colin Meads. Mitchell played for the Chiefs before moving north to play for the Blues and Auckland.