31 May 2017

Understanding concussion

The Blues and New Zealand Rugby go to great lengths to tackle the problem of concussion in our game head on – but what is a concussion and what are its symptoms? The most common type of head injury in sport, a concussion can occur when a player receives an impact to the head or […]

Daniel Braid

Daniel Braid had the ill luck to be an open-side flanker playing at the same time as Richie McCaw. But while his test chances were limited, Braid still enjoyed a successful career when he entered Auckland sides in the early 2000s along with his schoolmate Angus Macdonald, who also went on to perform well for […]

Luke Braid

Acknowledged for his leadership ability and no-nonsense approach on the field, Luke led the Blues in the 2014 season. As a player he stood out with his technical ability over the ball, destruction of teams at the breakdown and uncompromising approach.  He earned 79 Super Rugby caps, 9 caps from playing for the Chiefs. At the end of 2014, Luke announced […]

31 May 2017

Meet some of the women on the team…

With the team away during the international rugby window and Super Rugby on pause, we thought we’d take this opportunity to shine a light on a trio of women within the Blues organisation who keep the team performing at their absolute peak – on and off the field. Kylie Wilson, Mental Skills Coach One of […]

Robin Brooke

Robin Brooke played some outstanding rugby at lock, especially in the highly successful first two or three seasons. He also provided effective leadership during difficult circumstances in 1999-2001, even though in 2000-01 his international career had come to an end. He finished with 63 Super appearances.  

20 May 2017

Stormers too strong in Cape Town

The Blues’ hopes of securing a play-off spot in the hyper-competitive New Zealand conference suffered a brutal set-back in Cape Town this morning (NZ time), going down 30-22 to the Stormers. Referee Jaco van Heerden ruled the match with an iron fist, and as a result both teams traded yellow cards early – winger Matt Duffie received […]

Steven Luatua

Steven Luatua is an impressive loose forward and leader who garnered international honours at a young age, valued for his impressive physique, power and skill. The Mt Albert Grammar old boy made the NZ Secondary Schools team in 2010, the same year that he was selected for the Auckland provincial squad. He played a key […]

Zinzan Brooke

Zinzan Brooke, though in the twilight of his illustrious career as one of New Zealand’s greatest No 8s, had the distinction of leading the Blues to their first two championship wins in 1996-97, playing with his trademark flair and flamboyance, despite beginning to battle age and injuries which caused him to miss some games. He made […]