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 […]

27 Apr 2017

Blues v Brumbies Super Rugby Preview

Our Blues are back in action this weekend following the bye, and are set to meet the top-ranked Australian side in this year’s Investec Super Rugby competition, the Brumbies. Despite being number-one in their conference, the Brumbies go into this encounter with the same number of wins as the Blues (three from eight). Plus our boys […]

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 […]

29 Mar 2017

MAGS win Secondary School 10s

Mt Albert Grammar School (MAGS) and Kaipara College have continued their domination of the Westie Pies Secondary School 10s Tournament with wins in the respective boys’ and girls’ division finals over the weekend. It’s the third year in a row that MAGS has won the boys’ division title, following a hard-fought 13-5 victory over an […]

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. […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]