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 […]

Ofisa Tonu’u

Ofisa Tonu’u was top value as a strongly built halfback in the first three seasons of the Super 12, before departing the Blues (34 matches) in the draft to the Hurricanes in 1999. His biggest legacy to Auckland may have been in 1995 when with the game moving to professionalism he led many of the union’s best […]

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 […]

Sam Tuitupou

A 2004 All Blacks debutant, Sam Tuitupou carried his successful junior career – including world titles at Under-19 and Under-21 levels – into the senior ranks.   Renowned for his hard tackling and straight running, Tuitupou performed as the ideal complement to Carlos Spencer in the Blues midfield.   Tuitupou played his first Super 12 games with the Blues in 2003 and made 40 appearances for […]

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 […]

Joeli Vidiri

Joeli was one of the first Fijian imports to hugely affect the New Zealand game. He started playing 7s with Fiji before being scooped to play for Counties Manukau in the mid-1990s.   The dynamic winger earned 61 caps for the Blues between 1996 and 2001 and earned huge respect from Blues supporters, even inspiring the song “Give me […]

Ali Williams

Ali Williams was an influential player, captaining the team in 2013 and committing most of his professional rugby career to his home team the Blues.  He was first picked for the team in 2002 and played more than 100 Super Rugby matches for the club. Aside from a one-season stint with the Crusaders in 2008, Williams was with the Blues from […]

05 Apr 2017

Dogged A-Team go down fighting

A tenacious Blues A side fought their way back from a 19-point deficit, before finally succumbing 35-45 to a well-drilled Hurricanes Development team at Eden Park in the weekend. Played in beautiful sunshine ahead of our Investec Super Rugby match with the Western Force, the KFC curtain raiser might even have been more exciting than […]

Tony Woodcock

As a Blues centurion and the most capped All Black prop, Tony’s experience and professionalism was worth its weight in gold. He was renowned as a relentless scrummager and real leader in the team.  He earned 149 Super Rugby caps, including 12 caps with the Highlanders.  At the end of 2015, Tony announced he would be retiring from rugby after the 2015 World […]