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 […]

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 […]

30 Apr 2017

Tough win against Brumbies

Mission accomplished. The Blues secured a decisive if hard-fought victory over the Brumbies in Canberra, picking up a five-point win with the bonus point. On the face of it, an 18-12 win looks slim but the victory was more emphatic that the scoreline would suggest, scoring three unconverted tries to none and winning most of […]

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 […]

23 May 2017

Support your favourite charity at the Blues v Chiefs game on Friday

Blues foundation partner Barfoot & Thompson is donating $20,000 to charity at our match against the Chiefs on Friday night – and they want your help to choose which one. That’s right. Four charities will be at Eden Park on Friday night, including the Starship Foundation (Barfoot & Thompson’s principal charity), Coastguard (the official charity […]

Josh Bekhuis

New to the Blues in 2015, Josh brought a wealth of second row experience. He’s been in the Super Rugby game since 2009, starting with 82 caps for his hometown club the Highlanders. Josh was born and raised in Invercargill, learning the game with Southland Boys’ High School First XV, before starting his tenure with […]