Finau Maka

Finau Maka made 13 appearances for the Blues over two seasons – 1999 to 2000. He began his Super Rugby career with the Hurricanes and finished with the Highlanders in 2001, before moving overseas to play for French club Toulouse. The Tongan international earned eight caps for his country of birth and played in the […]

09 Mar 2018

All Blacks return to take on Lions

The Blues welcome back All Blacks Jerome Kaino and Sonny Bill Williams to their team to take on the Lions at altitude in Johannesburg on Sunday morning (4.15am – NZ Time). Kaino has his first start of the season after coming on as a reserve last week, while Williams returns following a leg injury that […]

Tony Coughlan

Tony Coughlan began his first-class career with North Harbour in 1998, earning a spot in the 1999 Blues line-up. He then transferred down to the Hurricanes in 2000, earning 15 appearances for the Wellington-based side. After a four-year career in Super Rugby, Coughlan moved to the UK to play for Ilkey. He returned in 2006 […]

06 Mar 2018

MEET THE “DOC”

Meet James McGarvey. He’s the new Blues’ medicine man, stepping into the shoes of the seasoned Stephen Kara, who had 10 years as the club’s doctor. McGarvey is not new to rugby. Far from it. He started back in 2003 as team doctor for (Auckland) Marist, moving to Ponsonby, then to Counties Manukau, Auckland and […]

Rua Tipoki

Rua Tipoki began his Super Rugby career with the Blues in 1999 and proceeded to travel New Zealand and the world with the sport. He returned to the Blues in 2001 and again in 2005-2006. The centre went on to play for the Highlanders, Munster in Ireland and the Crusaders. He also was selected for […]

Slade McFarland

Slade McFarland played hooker for the Blues, but also tried his hand as prop for NPC team North Harbour. He played 128 caps for the regional team and earned 115 points in the process. McFarland was also selected for the New Zealand Maori, the New Zealand Colts and age-group national teams.  

Jason Barrell

Jason Barrell started his first-class career with Northland before moving south to Auckland. He started Super Rugby with the Chiefs and then the Blues in 1999. His professional rugby career was pulled short during an NPC match against Northland in 1999 when he broke his neck during a scrum. Many have been inspired by Barrell’s […]

02 Mar 2018

Big Day Out for Blues at Shadbolt Park

Saturday sees a big doubleheader for the club when the Blues Under 20s and A teams will play at Shadbolt Park, home of the Suburbs rugby club. Sponsored by Westie Pies, the Under 20s will be the curtainraiser against the Hurricanes Under 20s and have a side riddled with young talent, most of it not long […]