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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Leo Lafaiali’i

The Samoan born lock played for his national team from 2001 to 2007, earning 27 caps in the process and playing in two Rugby World Cup tournaments. Leo Lafaiali’i started his Super Rugby career with the Blues, playing for his NZ home region from 1997 to 2001 with just one year-long stint at the Chiefs. […]

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 […]

Jim Coe

Jim Coe is widely recognised as one of the greatest players to don an NPC jersey, playing lock for Counties Manukau from 1986 onwards. He came into the Blues’ squad in 1997, earning three caps. Coe also played for the New Zealand Maori.