10 May 2017

BFF donates boots to Otahuhu Rugby Club

We delivered some pre-loved rugby boots off to Otahuhu Rugby Club as part of our Best Foot Forward initiative, and then Jimmy Tupou and Patrick Tuipulotu stuck around for some skills and drills afterwards. Best Foot Forward is a programme to gift recycled boots to youngsters who might otherwise miss out on playing rugby. With […]

Sean Fitzpatrick

Sean Fitzpatrick, the hooker and Sacred Heart College old boy caught the eye of national selectors while with the powerhouse Auckland Rugby side in the 80s.  He was deputy captain behind Andy Dalton at the inaugural Rugby World Cup in 1987 and helped the side earn the title at Eden Park. Fitzpatrick was awarded the captaincy […]

04 May 2017

Blues v Waratahs Super Rugby Preview

Both sides go into this match on the back of wins the week before. Our team beat the Brumbies – the top-ranked Australian side – by 12-18 in Canberra on Sunday night, and now turn their attention to the second-ranked Waratahs, who overcame the Reds last week 26-29. Though the margin was slim, the Blues […]

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 […]

15 Apr 2017

Hurricane heartbreak at Eden Park

The Blues looked to have scored a remarkable upset victory over the high-flying Hurricanes at Eden Park tonight, until a piece of Beauden Barrett magic and a well-timed brace by Mark Abbott proved their undoing. When the Hurricanes lock scored after just three minutes of play, it looked as though the home-town fans would be […]

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. […]

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.

26 Apr 2017

Blues visit Samoa

All Black stars Jerome Kaino and Steven Luatua spent most of last week’s bye in Samoa – but they weren’t there on holiday. On the contrary, the dynamic duo was working hard to promote our match against the Reds at Apia Park National Stadium on 2 June 2017, which will be the first Investec Super […]

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 […]