Steve Devine

Steve Devine was an Australian-born and raised halfback who settled in New Zealand to become not only an All Black (10 tests in 2002-03), but a worthy contributor to Auckland and the Blues. He managed 70 games for the club, despite competing with All Blacks Mark Robinson and David Gibson. 

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 […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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.