Troy Flavell

Troy Flavell might have become one of the game’s greats such was his immense talent and athleticism as either a lock or blindside flanker. Injuries and ill-discipline hamstrung Flavell, but he was able to improve his performance enough to play in Japan in 2004 and then again in New Zealand in 2006. He briefly regained an All Black […]

27 Apr 2017

Akira to start against Brumbies

Gifted loose forward Akira Ioane has his opportunity to shine when he starts in this weekend’s Investec Super Rugby clash against the Brumbies in Canberra. Ioane has big shoes to fill for his third start of the season at No 8, with inspirational Jerome Kaino ruled out with a knee injury. Coach Tana Umaga said […]

Rico Gear

The specialist right wing established himself as a player to watch for a number of provincial sides as well as the All Blacks, earning 19 caps for the latter. He also won a Commonwealth Games gold medal in 1998 with the New Zealand Sevens side, as well as a number of World Cup Sevens medals. […]

21 Apr 2017

Francis selected for England

The Blues are thrilled that inside back Piers Francis has been named today in the England team to play against Argentina in June. The English player, who is in his second year with the Blues, is leaving the team at the end of the season to return to UK to play for Northampton Saints in […]

Doug Howlett

Doug Howlett became one of the Blues’ most consistent performers even though his Super 12 career started as a draft player with the Highlanders (1997) and Hurricanes (1998). A fast and accomplished wing, Howlett was a prolific try-scorer for New Zealand and the Blues. In 97 games for the club he scored 55 tries, including four against the Hurricanes in 2002.

Michael Jones

Michael Jones, another of Auckland’s most legendary players who, like Brooke and Fitzpatrick, was a veteran when the Super 12 started. The great loose forward managed 36 matches in 1996-99. He was captain in 1998 and will be remembered for his intercept try in the 1998 final that clinched victory against the Brumbies.  In 1986 Jones made his […]

05 Apr 2017

Dogged A-Team go down fighting

A tenacious Blues A side fought their way back from a 19-point deficit, before finally succumbing 35-45 to a well-drilled Hurricanes Development team at Eden Park in the weekend. Played in beautiful sunshine ahead of our Investec Super Rugby match with the Western Force, the KFC curtain raiser might even have been more exciting than […]

Jonah Lomu

The legendary Jonah Lomu was one of the most imposing wingers to pull on the Blues and All Blacks jerseys. He debuted for the All Blacks at 19 and went on to earn 63 caps for the side. From 1996 to 1998, Lomu made 22 appearances for the Blues before moving to the Chiefs and the Hurricanes in 2000.   His […]

07 Apr 2017

Tickets on sale: BLU v RED in Samoa

Tickets for the first-ever Investec Super Rugby match in Samoa are now on sale. In a historic first, our home game against the Reds in round 15 will be played in Apia on Friday 2 June 2017, coinciding with Samoa’s 55th Independence Celebrations and Queen’s Birthday weekend here in New Zealand. As well as being […]