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. […]

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. 

Andrew Roose

The hooker played understudy to Blues captain Sean Fitzpatrick. While he made the 1996 squad, Roose didn’t take to the field until 1997 and started only once during the season. Roose’s Super Rugby involvement was preceded by eight years of provincial rugby, first with Otago and then with Counties Manukau. In 1999, Roose moved to […]

31 May 2017

All Blacks bolster team for historic match in Samoa

Six All Blacks are included in the Blues squad for their historic clash against the Reds in Apia on Friday night. It will be the first Investec Super Rugby match in Samoa, and the first major game under lights at Apia Park. The All Blacks on show include lock Patrick Tuipulotu, the in-form Steven Luatua, […]

Norm Berryman

While Norm Berryman represented the Blues for three caps in 1997, he’s most remembered for his contribution to the Crusaders from 1998 to 2000. The centre and winger earned the nickname “Storming Norm” while with his provincial club, Northland Rugby. He represented the All Blacks for one appearance as well as the Maori All Blacks […]

Jeremy Stanley

The Auckland stalwart made a career out of provincial rugby, playing for Auckland from 1994 to 2001. The centre also made three appearances for the All Blacks in 1997 during the British tour, adding to the rare list of father/son All Black duos. Stanley earned 18 caps for the Blues from 1997 to 1998 before […]

10 May 2017

Eight Blues make NZ U20s

We’re pleased that eight Blues under-20s players have been named in the New Zealand squad for the upcoming World Rugby Under 20 Championship in Georgia, to be held from 25 May to 18 June. Those players are Adrian Choat, Ezekiel Lindenmuth, Dalton Papalii, Jacob Pierce, John (JP) Sauni, Samuel Slade, Caleb Clarke, and Tamati Tua. They […]