15 Apr 2017

Hurricane heartbreak at Eden Park

The Blues looked to have scored a remarkable upset victory over the high-flying Hurricanes at Eden Park tonight, until a piece of Beauden Barrett magic and a well-timed brace by Mark Abbott proved their undoing. When the Hurricanes lock scored after just three minutes of play, it looked as though the home-town fans would be […]

Steve Devine

Steve Devine was an Australian-born and raised halfback who settled in New Zealand to become not only an All Black (10 tests in 2002-03), but a worthy contributor to Auckland and the Blues. He managed 70 games for the club, despite competing with All Blacks Mark Robinson and David Gibson. 

Sean Fitzpatrick

Sean Fitzpatrick, the hooker and Sacred Heart College old boy caught the eye of national selectors while with the powerhouse Auckland Rugby side in the 80s.  He was deputy captain behind Andy Dalton at the inaugural Rugby World Cup in 1987 and helped the side earn the title at Eden Park. Fitzpatrick was awarded the captaincy […]

26 Apr 2017

Blues visit Samoa

All Black stars Jerome Kaino and Steven Luatua spent most of last week’s bye in Samoa – but they weren’t there on holiday. On the contrary, the dynamic duo was working hard to promote our match against the Reds at Apia Park National Stadium on 2 June 2017, which will be the first Investec Super […]

Troy Flavell

Troy Flavell might have become one of the game’s greats such was his immense talent and athleticism as either a lock or blindside flanker. Injuries and ill-discipline hamstrung Flavell, but he was able to improve his performance enough to play in Japan in 2004 and then again in New Zealand in 2006. He briefly regained an All Black […]

12 Apr 2017

UFC legend visits Blues training

Like his favourite rugby team, Kiwi Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) legend Mark Hunt says he’s “down right now, but definitely not out”. The veteran mixed martial artist was at Blues training yesterday, where he spoke to the team about overcoming adversity and never giving up in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. “I’ve fallen many […]

Rico Gear

The specialist right wing established himself as a player to watch for a number of provincial sides as well as the All Blacks, earning 19 caps for the latter. He also won a Commonwealth Games gold medal in 1998 with the New Zealand Sevens side, as well as a number of World Cup Sevens medals. […]

Doug Howlett

Doug Howlett became one of the Blues’ most consistent performers even though his Super 12 career started as a draft player with the Highlanders (1997) and Hurricanes (1998). A fast and accomplished wing, Howlett was a prolific try-scorer for New Zealand and the Blues. In 97 games for the club he scored 55 tries, including four against the Hurricanes in 2002.