Finau Maka

Finau Maka made 13 appearances for the Blues over two seasons – 1999 to 2000. He began his Super Rugby career with the Hurricanes and finished with the Highlanders in 2001, before moving overseas to play for French club Toulouse. The Tongan international earned eight caps for his country of birth and played in the […]

09 Jun 2017

Blues in All Blacks squads

We’re delighted to report that the following Blues players have been named in the All Blacks and Maori All Blacks squads for the DHL New Zealand Lions Series. Maori All Blacks Leighton Price Kara Pryor Ihaia West Declan O’Donnell Akira Ioane (also in the All Blacks as injury cover) Congratulations also to Auckland prop Marcel […]

Tony Coughlan

Tony Coughlan began his first-class career with North Harbour in 1998, earning a spot in the 1999 Blues line-up. He then transferred down to the Hurricanes in 2000, earning 15 appearances for the Wellington-based side. After a four-year career in Super Rugby, Coughlan moved to the UK to play for Ilkey. He returned in 2006 […]

07 Jun 2017

Photos: Blues v British & Irish Lions

Photos by Photosport NZ

Rua Tipoki

Rua Tipoki began his Super Rugby career with the Blues in 1999 and proceeded to travel New Zealand and the world with the sport. He returned to the Blues in 2001 and again in 2005-2006. The centre went on to play for the Highlanders, Munster in Ireland and the Crusaders. He also was selected for […]

07 Jun 2017

Historic victory against Lions

This Blues side etched its name in the history books with a glorious, hard-fought 22-16 victory over the visiting British & Irish Lions, in front of a vocal Eden Park crowd of more than 40,000 people. Following a rousing haka, the British & Irish Lions went more than 12 phases before the Blues finally got […]

Slade McFarland

Slade McFarland played hooker for the Blues, but also tried his hand as prop for NPC team North Harbour. He played 128 caps for the regional team and earned 115 points in the process. McFarland was also selected for the New Zealand Maori, the New Zealand Colts and age-group national teams.  

06 Jun 2017

Blues legend receives knighthood

We’re delighted by the news that Blues rugby legend Michael Jones has been made a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in this year’s Queen’s birthday honours. The rugby hall-of-famer – known affectionately as ‘Ice Man’ – has been recognised for the wonderful work he’s done for the Pacific community. That work […]

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 […]