The utility back made waves in both Rugby League and Union. During the 1995 Rugby World Cup, Ellis scored six tries against Japan, breaking the record for most tries by an individual in a single game at the competition. He then proceeded to play League for the Warriors from 1996 to 1997, before returning to […]
05 Sep 2017
We’re working hard on developing and retaining our region’s best talent, with a focus on young players with the right attitude to become successful professionals who have a passion for the Blues. Testament to this, is having Caleb Clarke, son of Blues and All Black midfielder Eroni Clarke, sign with us. We’re looking forward to […]
Graham Henry selected James Christian for the Auckland NPC team straight out of high school. He played three seasons with the Blues, earning three caps for the side and playing the 1998 Super Rugby final. Christian also played for representative teams the New Zealand Colts, New Zealand Universities and the Barbarians. He played for Newcastle […]
22 Aug 2017
The exciting Blues back trio of Michael Collins, Matt Duffie and Melani Nanai have all signed extended contracts with the club in the Investec Super Rugby. Duffie and Nanai have committed to the Blues until the end of 2019, with Collins, originally signed for just one year, extending his stay for a further season. The […]
While only earning two caps for the Blues in 1998, Shane McDonald enjoyed a long career with his home regional team Taranaki, earning 118 caps for the team and 90 points as hooker.
17 Aug 2017
Two young locks will jump to new heights in the Mitre-10 Cup competition that kicks off this week after signing extended Super Rugby contracts with the Blues. Auckland’s Scott Scrafton and North Harbour’s Gerard Cowley-Tuioti have signed with the Blues until 2019, after both enjoyed outstanding performances in Super Rugby this year. Cowley-Tuioti, 25, played […]
Hayden Taylor played centre for the Blues between 1998 and 2001. The Northlander was most recognised for his commitment to regional rugby, playing for Northland between 1995 and 2007 and earning 124 caps in the process. He went on to manage the Northland team in later years.
The Rotorua-born centre started his Super Rugby career with the Chiefs in 1997 before spending two years with the Blues from 1998-1999. He played the majority of his professional rugby career in Canterbury, earning 126 Super Rugby caps with the Crusaders from 2000 to 2009. Ralph made the New Zealand Sevens side, the All Blacks […]
11 Aug 2017
Former New Zealand Under-20 captain and Maori All Black hooker Leni Apisai will play for the Blues in the Investec Super Rugby competition until 2019. The 21-year-old, who will play for Wellington in the Mitre 10 Cup, has been a member of the Hurricanes since 2016. Apisai played for the New Zealand Schools in 2013, […]
The Fiji international earned 34 caps for his home nation between 1996 and 2006, covering two Rugby World Cups in 1999 and 2003. He played two years of Super Rugby in New Zealand, first for the Blues and then the Chiefs in 1999.