Orene Ai’i

Orene Ai’I made his Super Rugby debut in 1999 with the Hurricanes, before transferring up to the Blues in 2000. He would play intermittently with the Auckland-based side over the next 12 years, moving to Japan to play for the Toyota Verblitz and France to play for Toulon for brief periods. Ai’i also played Sevens […]

29 Nov 2017

Rieko Ioane Awarded World Rugby Breakthrough Player of the Year

Rieko Ioane has been awarded Breakthrough Player of Year at the 2017 World Rugby Awards held in Monaco. Ioane was also a nominee for the Player of the Year award which was given to All Blacks and Hurricanes player Beauden Barrett. The fast and strapping midfield back or wing signed for the Blues for 2016 […]

Nick White

The Northland and Auckland prop debuted for the Blues in 1999, earning 31 caps for the side. Over the next ten years, White would move to the Crusaders, then the Highlanders and back to the Blues. At the end of 2009, White was forced to retire due to a hip replacement but stayed on in […]

29 Nov 2017

Blues Train Future Prospects

Last Saturday, our Elite Apprenticeship group came together at Blues HQ. This group included leading players from our Under 18 and Under 20 squads. Our NZ U20 training squad members, who had a mental skills session earlier in the week, were joined by their younger counterparts to share valuable experiences and assist with building individual […]

Samiu Vahafolau

Samiu Vahafolau earned his first Super Rugby cap with the Blues in 1999 and alternated between the Auckland-based side and the Highlanders over the next four years. The Tongan-born number eight would then play for Japanese side, Sanyo Wilf Knights, before transferring to French clubs Biarritz and then Béziers. He debuted for Tonga in 2007, […]

20 Nov 2017

Blues U17 Squad Announced for 2018

Image: 2017 Blues Under 17 Development Squad training at Alexandra Park, Auckland. We’re pleased to announce the under 17 players who have been identified as players with future potential and selected for the 2018 Blues Under 17 Development Squad. Blues High Performance Manager Tony Hanks led a team of talent identification staff from Northland, North […]

Tony Monaghan

Tony Monaghan played three caps for the Blues, but was widely recognised as a Northland stalwart and one of the most reliable All Black Sevens players. He earned Player of the Wellington World Series Sevens Tournament in 2000 and was recognised for strong, consistent play throughout his Sevens and Rugby career. After his rugby career, […]

14 Nov 2017

BNZ Gives #BluesBFF The Thumbs Up

The Blues’ ‘Best Foot Forward’ boot recycling initiative launched earlier this year is being given a kick along by BNZ. The bank has become a major partner of the community programme to collect pre-loved boots for re-distribution to worthy recipients at clubs and schools in the Blues’ region. BNZ stores will become the main collection […]

Joe Veitayaki

Joe Veitayaki played for the Blues in 1999, earning two caps after a year-long stint with the Chiefs in 1996. The Fijian-born prop became a stalwart for his national side, playing 49 caps between 1994 and 2003 as well as playing in the 1999 and 2003 Rugby World Cups.  

02 Nov 2017

Spencer back in blue for Brisbane Tens

Three-time Super Rugby title winner Carlos Spencer will play for the Blues at the Brisbane Global Rugby Tens at Suncorp Stadium in February. Described by some as one of the most precocious talents to grace a rugby field, Spencer played 96 games for the Blues between 1996 and 2005, and was instrumental in the club […]