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, […]

16 May 2018

Umaga and MacDonald to lead Blues in 2019

The Blues and New Zealand Rugby (NZR) have today announced that Tana Umaga will have his role as Head Coach extended by a further 12 months to the end of the 2019 Investec Super Rugby season. The club and national body also announced that Tasman Mako Head Coach and former Crusaders Assistant Coach, Leon MacDonald […]

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 May 2018

BLUES AND BNZ GIFT BOOTS

Blues players and staff volunteers from BNZ enjoyed a busy afternoon as they ensured some 600 pairs of used rugby boots were made fit for new owners. It is part of the Blues Best Foot Forward program which, in association with major partner BNZ, re-purposes used boots donated by the public. The boots were cleaned […]

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.  

Keith Lowen

While Keith Lowen began his Super Rugby career with the Blues, earning five caps for the team in 1999, he’s most remembered for his contribution to the Chiefs from 2000 to 2005. Lowen played second five-eighth for Bay of Plenty and then Waikato in the NPC and he earned one cap for the All Blacks […]

09 May 2018

Ofa & SBW back in Blues to play Hurricanes

Fresh from re-signing with the Blues for another three years, prop Ofa Tuungafasi returns to the front row to play the Hurricanes at Eden Park on Friday night. He is joined by fellow All Black Sonny Bill Williams in making a return to the Blues starting line-up – Tuungafasi having missed three games and Williams […]

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 May 2018

Blues stars of the future in NZ U20s

The five young players who trained with the Blues under the ITC (Interim Training Contract) programme this season have been named in the New Zealand Under-20 team to contest the World Rugby Championship this month. Harry Plummer, Robb Cobb, Waimana Riedlinger-Kapa, Hoskins Sotutu and Tanielu Tele’a were named in the 28-strong New Zealand side to […]

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 […]