Orcades Crawford

The Hawkes Bay centurion and prop played four games for the Blues during their 1997 Super 12 winning season before transferring down to the Hurricanes for the 1998 season. Crawford was a NZ Maori representative in 1994 and also represented New Zealand Secondary Schools from 1983 to 1984. 

Paul Thomson

Blues and Auckland Rugby prop Paul Thomson helped his home team win the Super 12 competition in 1997 before taking a year off for major neck surgery. He was able to return to Super competition in 1999, the same year that he captained Auckland to the NPC title. In 2002, Thomson signed with Scottish club […]

31 May 2017

Q&A with Dave Ellis

Blues assistant coach Dave Ellis is something of a rugby nomad, having plied his trade in South Africa, Ireland, Argentina, and New Zealand. We caught up with the highly-respected skills coach near the end of his debut season with our club, to ask him about his life, his work, and his new favourite team. How […]

Brian Lima

Samoan-born Brian Lima enjoyed a 17-year international career with the Samoa team from 1990 to 2007. The wing and centre made his debut for Samoa at the 1991 Rugby World Cup while still only 19. From 1996 to 1999, Lima played Super Rugby in New Zealand moving from the Highlanders to the Blues and finishing […]

12 May 2017

Eden Park try fest

The Blues ran in eight tries to thump a feisty Cheetahs side 50-32 at Eden Park tonight, banking a crucial bonus point in the process. It wasn’t always pretty – the team will rue some handling errors and a lack of cohesion during much of the first half – but sometimes it absolutely was, with plenty […]

Mark Carter

Mark Carter made history with the Blues in 1998 when he was the only forward to score three tries in one match while playing the Stormers. The flanker also gained national honours, selected under John Hart’s 1991 Rugby World Cup squad as back up to Michael Jones. He played league with the Warriors during the […]

06 Jun 2017

Blues v British & Irish Lions Preview

History will be made on Wednesday night when our Blues face the combined might of the British & Irish Lions for the very first time. The DHL NZ Lions Series 2017 kicked off in Whangarei on Saturday night with a 13-7 win for the tourists over a New Zealand Barbarians side featuring Blues players Bryn […]

John Nguamo

John Nguamo finished his first-class second five-eighths career in 1996 with the Blues, after four years with Auckland between 1992 and 1996.  

31 May 2017

Q&A with nutritionist Dave Shaw

Team nutritionist Dave Shaw fuels the team for success on the footy field. We asked him about his role at the Blues, the benefits of a healthy diet, and what a promising young athlete should be doing to lift their performance to the next level. Tell us a bit about your role at the Blues […]