08 Jun 2017

Milestones good news for the future

The international break is a good opportunity to look back on some Blues achievements and player milestones during the 2017 Investec Super Rugby season, of which there have been many. A whopping nine players have made their Super rugby debut this season: Michael Collins, TJ Faiane, Hame Faiva, Bryn Gatland, Josh Goodhue, Stephen Perofeta, Leighton […]

Craig Dowd

Blues player number one, Craig Dowd was an outstanding prop for Auckland, the Blues and the All Blacks in the mid to late 1990s.  Dowd was a reliable lineout option at the front and mobile in the open. He was in two Auckland sides that won the Ranfurly Shield in 1995 and 1996, in national championship winning sides in 1993-96 and […]

24 May 2017

Strong Blues side to battle Chiefs

The Blues have named a near full-strength side for their final round-robin game at Eden Park, when they take on the Chiefs on Friday night. All Black Patrick Tuipulotu returns to the starting line-up, while Michael Collins also returns at fullback after both came off the bench for the match against the Stormers in South […]

Anthony Boric

Boric, an All Blacks lock, played for the Blues between 2006 and 2013 before a neck injury forced him to take a step back from Super Rugby. He travelled over to Japan on a two-year contract with the Mitsubishi Dynaboars, but retired early from injury concerns. His natural athleticism and physical attributes made him an excellent line-out forward choice for both the Blues […]

31 May 2017

Q&A with Jimmy Tupou

We asked hard man Jimmy Tupou some hard questions about life, rugby, and his first year at the Blues. What do you like better – cats or dogs? Dogs. What’s your favourite meal? Chicken fettuccini. Tell us something not many people know about you Although I was born in south Auckland, not a lot of […]

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 […]

06 Jun 2017

Blues to present special haka

The Blues will unleash their first haka as a challenge to the British & Irish Lions at Eden Park on Wednesday night. Coach Tana Umaga said the players wanted to integrate the many cultures in the team into a unique challenge for some time and the DHL New Zealand Lions Series provided a great opportunity […]

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 […]

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.