Carlos Spencer

Carlos Spencer was unchallenged as the Blues’ most enthralling entertainer with his skill at first five-eighth. He became universally known as “King Carlos” and will be remembered for the outrageous way he taunted Crusaders’ fans – in 2004 at Christchurch he deliberately ran to the corner rather than the posts to score, but still landed the conversion from the sideline to deny […]

Isaia Toeava

Isaia Toeava made a sensational entry into top class rugby as a teenager in 2005 to win a place on the All Blacks’ end of year tour. His versatility has been almost as great as that of Nacewa and he, too, has filled with equal facility for the Blues and Auckland a range of backline positions.  Despite injuries, he continued […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]