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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]