31 May 2017

Q&A with Dave Ellis

Blues assistant coach Dave Ellis is something of a rugby nomad, having plied his trade in South Africa, Ireland, Argentina, and New Zealand. We caught up with the highly-respected skills coach near the end of his debut season with our club, to ask him about his life, his work, and his new favourite team. How […]

Lee Lidgard

Lee Lidgard earned more than 100 Counties Manukau caps during his NPC career and made four appearances for the Blues in 1998. He also earned a cap with the Zealand Maori in 1997. 

12 May 2017

Eden Park try fest

The Blues ran in eight tries to thump a feisty Cheetahs side 50-32 at Eden Park tonight, banking a crucial bonus point in the process. It wasn’t always pretty – the team will rue some handling errors and a lack of cohesion during much of the first half – but sometimes it absolutely was, with plenty […]

Craig Innes

Craig Innes was both a rugby and league national representative. The centre made his first international test with the All Blacks at age 20, playing Wales. He scored two tries in the match, establishing himself as a strong contender for the 13 jersey. He continued on to earn 17 caps for the national team as […]

06 Jun 2017

Blues v British & Irish Lions Preview

History will be made on Wednesday night when our Blues face the combined might of the British & Irish Lions for the very first time. The DHL NZ Lions Series 2017 kicked off in Whangarei on Saturday night with a 13-7 win for the tourists over a New Zealand Barbarians side featuring Blues players Bryn […]

Royce Willis

Royce Willis made his representative debut for the Bay of Plenty side while still at Tauranga Boys College in 1994. The lock would go on to make the New Zealand Colts and the Blues in 1998, as well as the All Blacks that same year. Willis earned 12 caps for the All Blacks from 1998 […]

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 […]

Jason Spice

Jason Spice was a national age-grade representative in cricket before switching his focus to rugby, making the Blues squad as halfback in 1998. Spice then transferred to the Hurricanes, where he played for the next four years. Like many talented young rugby players, Spice took an international offer from Welsh club Ospreys in 2004 before […]

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 […]

Shane Howarth

The fullback and St Peter’s College, Auckland, graduate initially signed with Auckland rugby in 1990, playing 62 caps for the team over the next five years. It was while with Auckland that Howarth earned his first All Blacks cap in 1994. When Super Rugby was launched in 1996, Howarth made the career move to League […]