Lee Stensness

Auckland-born Lee Stensness began his rugby career in first five-eighths with Manawatu, playing for the NPC side from 1989 to 1992. It was when Stensness moved up to Auckland and moved into second string behind Grant Fox that he decided to switch to second five.   He made his All Black debut in 1993, earning 14 caps of the next five […]

05 Apr 2017

Q&A with Pauliasi Manu

Tongan-born Aucklander Pauliasi Manu is back in blue this year after a number of seasons south of the Bombays with the Chiefs. We caught up with the powerful scrummager ahead of our game against the Highlanders in Dunedin. What’s your favourite meal? A full pig on a spit, with taros and heaps of other vegetables. […]

Charles Riechelmann

The Tongan-born lock and flanker played 10 games for the All Blacks, six being tests. He made the commitment to New Zealand Rugby at an early age, despite offers from Tonga ahead of the 1995 Rugby World Cup. The Auckland Grammar School old boy was regionally recognised in 1994, earning a spot on the Auckland NPC squad. […]

Richard Fromont

The All Black lock played for the Blues in Super Rugby’s early years before moving to France to finish his career with SU Agen. He was selected for the national side to tour England, Scotland and France, representing the All Blacks 10 times but never playing a test.  

10 May 2017

Blues v Cheetahs Super Rugby Preview

Our Blues are set to return to Eden Park after two wins on the road in Australia, desperate to keep their winning streak going against the visiting Cheetahs from South Africa. The Cheetahs, on the other hand, will be desperate to get out of a rut that’s seen them lose seven straight games in a […]

Olo Brown

The Samoan prop earned 33 caps for the Blues and 56 for the All Blacks over his career, becoming the first All Black prop to earn 50 caps. He was forced to retired in 1998 due to neck and back injuries and proceeded to study law post-rugby. 

04 May 2017

Francis returns against Waratahs

A virtually unchanged team has been named for the second leg of their Australian tour against the Waratahs in Sydney on Saturday. First-five Piers Francis has been cleared of the wrist injury that ruled him out last weekend’s Super Rugby match against the Brumbies on the day of the game. Francis, who has been selected […]

Craig Dowd

Blues player number one, Craig Dowd was an outstanding prop for Auckland, the Blues and the All Blacks in the mid to late 1990s.  Dowd was a reliable lineout option at the front and mobile in the open. He was in two Auckland sides that won the Ranfurly Shield in 1995 and 1996, in national championship winning sides in 1993-96 and […]