The utility back made waves in both Rugby League and Union. During the 1995 Rugby World Cup, Ellis scored six tries against Japan, breaking the record for most tries by an individual in a single game at the competition. He then proceeded to play League for the Warriors from 1996 to 1997, before returning to […]
19 Apr 2018
Blues A will take on the visiting Japan A team at Eden Park on Friday, as a curtain-raiser to the Super Rugby match between the Blues and the Highlanders. The Japan side includes a number of full internationals as well as their developing players, with the match to kick-off at 5.05pm. Blues hooker Leni Apisai […]
Graham Henry selected James Christian for the Auckland NPC team straight out of high school. He played three seasons with the Blues, earning three caps for the side and playing the 1998 Super Rugby final. Christian also played for representative teams the New Zealand Colts, New Zealand Universities and the Barbarians. He played for Newcastle […]
18 Apr 2018
The Blues’ two talented pivots both get their chance to start in Friday’s Investec Rugby clash against the Highlanders. Bryn Gatland returns for his fifth start at first five, with in-form Stephen Perofeta, who has started in the last three games at No 10, moving back to fullback. It is not a position that is […]
While only earning two caps for the Blues in 1998, Shane McDonald enjoyed a long career with his home regional team Taranaki, earning 118 caps for the team and 90 points as hooker.
11 Apr 2018
The National Development Squad (NDS) of the Japan Rugby Football Union will tour New Zealand this month. The side, known as Japan A will meet Blues A, in a curtain raiser for Blues vs Highlanders match, at Eden Park on Friday 20 April. Japan A allows fringe players to the Japan national side as well […]
Hayden Taylor played centre for the Blues between 1998 and 2001. The Northlander was most recognised for his commitment to regional rugby, playing for Northland between 1995 and 2007 and earning 124 caps in the process. He went on to manage the Northland team in later years.
The Rotorua-born centre started his Super Rugby career with the Chiefs in 1997 before spending two years with the Blues from 1998-1999. He played the majority of his professional rugby career in Canterbury, earning 126 Super Rugby caps with the Crusaders from 2000 to 2009. Ralph made the New Zealand Sevens side, the All Blacks […]
16 Apr 2018
This year’s exciting home derby against the Highlanders will have added significance, falling on Poppy Day. Poppy Day is a time to pause and remember our fallen service womenand men as well as all those who returned home. The Blues will honour our ANZAC soldiers in a moving tribute pre match, by stopping to observe […]