05 Jun 2017
The Blues club has the honour of becoming the first New Zealand Super Rugby team to play the British and Irish Lions at Eden Park on Wednesday. The Blues will have eight current or former All Blacks in their side to play the Lions, led by Captain James Parsons, when the team was named at […]
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.
06 Jun 2017
Our Blues will be playing for a lot more than pride when they tackle the touring British & Irish Lions at Eden Park on 7 June. A specially commissioned Maori Taiaha will be presented to the winner of the historic match. Named ‘Te Raki’ to denote our geographical location ‘north’, the traditional Maori weapon is […]
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.
06 Jun 2017
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 […]
31 May 2017
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 […]
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 […]
12 May 2017
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 […]
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 […]