Jason Spice

Jason Spice was a national age-grade representative in cricket before switching his focus to rugby, making the Blues squad as halfback in 1998. Spice then transferred to the Hurricanes, where he played for the next four years. Like many talented young rugby players, Spice took an international offer from Welsh club Ospreys in 2004 before […]

14 Mar 2018

Blues A Team vs Hurricanes

While the Blues are in South Africa preparing to play the Stormers this week, the balance of the squad and some of the regions best talent have come together for the Blues A fixture against the Hurricanes Development team in Wellington this Saturday. The A team started the 2018 campaign with a 26-all draw against […]

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 […]

09 Mar 2018

All Blacks return to take on Lions

The Blues welcome back All Blacks Jerome Kaino and Sonny Bill Williams to their team to take on the Lions at altitude in Johannesburg on Sunday morning (4.15am – NZ Time). Kaino has his first start of the season after coming on as a reserve last week, while Williams returns following a leg injury that […]

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. […]

06 Mar 2018

MEET THE “DOC”

Meet James McGarvey. He’s the new Blues’ medicine man, stepping into the shoes of the seasoned Stephen Kara, who had 10 years as the club’s doctor. McGarvey is not new to rugby. Far from it. He started back in 2003 as team doctor for (Auckland) Marist, moving to Ponsonby, then to Counties Manukau, Auckland and […]

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. 

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 […]