Shane Howarth

The fullback and St Peter’s College, Auckland, graduate initially signed with Auckland rugby in 1990, playing 62 caps for the team over the next five years. It was while with Auckland that Howarth earned his first All Blacks cap in 1994. When Super Rugby was launched in 1996, Howarth made the career move to League […]

Leo Lafaiali’i

The Samoan born lock played for his national team from 2001 to 2007, earning 27 caps in the process and playing in two Rugby World Cup tournaments. Leo Lafaiali’i started his Super Rugby career with the Blues, playing for his NZ home region from 1997 to 2001 with just one year-long stint at the Chiefs. […]

19 Jul 2017

Q&A with Shane King

New Talent Identification and Player Development Manager Shane King took time out from his quest to find the next Rieko Ioane to tell us a bit about his role at the club… What is your role at the Blues? I’m responsible for identifying potential professional rugby players in the region from the 1st XV level, […]

Jim Coe

Jim Coe is widely recognised as one of the greatest players to don an NPC jersey, playing lock for Counties Manukau from 1986 onwards. He came into the Blues’ squad in 1997, earning three caps. Coe also played for the New Zealand Maori. 

15 Jul 2017

Japanese horror show

The same Blues side that etched its name in the history books last month with a momentous win against the British & Irish Lions has made history for all the wrong reasons today, becoming the first Kiwi side to fall to the Sunwolves. That’s right. The struggling Japanese side scored a massive upset at Prince […]

Andrew Roose

The hooker played understudy to Blues captain Sean Fitzpatrick. While he made the 1996 squad, Roose didn’t take to the field until 1997 and started only once during the season. Roose’s Super Rugby involvement was preceded by eight years of provincial rugby, first with Otago and then with Counties Manukau. In 1999, Roose moved to […]

12 Jul 2017

Blues warm to the Heat in Japan

The Blues have kicked off our new relationship with Honda Heat Rugby Club with a camp in Suzuka, Japan to help prepare for the return to Investec Super Rugby. The Blues squad spent a week at the Honda Heat training base and the camp involved combined training sessions, staff connections and a match. The Blues […]

Norm Berryman

While Norm Berryman represented the Blues for three caps in 1997, he’s most remembered for his contribution to the Crusaders from 1998 to 2000. The centre and winger earned the nickname “Storming Norm” while with his provincial club, Northland Rugby. He represented the All Blacks for one appearance as well as the Maori All Blacks […]

05 Jul 2017

Q&A with Patrick Tuipulotu

Ferocious on the field and a gentleman off it, big lock Patrick Tuipulotu prefers to let his actions on the paddock do the talking for him. Nevertheless, we managed to lure in the 12-test All Black with promises of fresh meatloaf if he answered these questions for us… What’s your favourite meal? Meatloaf with mashed […]