Iliesa Tanivula

The Fijian-born utility back came to New Zealand in 1997 to join the Auckland Development XV. He returned to Fiji a year later to play for Nadi in the regional competition, the Farebrother Sullivan Trophy, against Suva. He was then recruited to play for the Brumbies in 1999, followed by the Blues in 2000 and […]

08 May 2018

Meet the Head S&C Coach

The Price is right at the Blues. That is because the Blues Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, Jason Price spent 10 years in the Royal New Zealand Air Force. “Pricey” has been passionate about rugby since his school days in Southland where he played for the province through the age groups. “The reality is that I was […]

Davin Heaps

Davin Heaps alternated between the Hurricanes and the Blues during his Super Rugby career. The Southland player came in to the Blues for one season in 2000, before returning to his first Super Rugby team the Hurricanes.  

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 […]

03 May 2018

Experienced trio to start for #WARvBLU

The Blues welcome back the experience of captain Augustine Pulu, Patrick Tuipulotu and Jerome Kaino to their starting line-up for the Super Rugby match against the Waratahs in Sydney. The return of the trio to start the game is positive news for the Blues, with Pulu having played 30 minutes off the bench last week, […]

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 […]

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, […]

02 May 2018

All-Wright

They say all good things come to those who wait. Well it’s taken a decade for Taniwha prop Ross Wright to get his chance at the Blues. The 31-year-old, born and bred in Wellsford, got his chance when selected for NZ Maori for their end of season tour to Canada and Europe late last year. […]