Troy Flavell

Troy Flavell might have become one of the game’s greats such was his immense talent and athleticism as either a lock or blindside flanker. Injuries and ill-discipline hamstrung Flavell, but he was able to improve his performance enough to play in Japan in 2004 and then again in New Zealand in 2006. He briefly regained an All Black […]

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 […]

Rico Gear

The specialist right wing established himself as a player to watch for a number of provincial sides as well as the All Blacks, earning 19 caps for the latter. He also won a Commonwealth Games gold medal in 1998 with the New Zealand Sevens side, as well as a number of World Cup Sevens medals. […]

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 […]

Doug Howlett

Doug Howlett became one of the Blues’ most consistent performers even though his Super 12 career started as a draft player with the Highlanders (1997) and Hurricanes (1998). A fast and accomplished wing, Howlett was a prolific try-scorer for New Zealand and the Blues. In 97 games for the club he scored 55 tries, including four against the Hurricanes in 2002.

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 […]

Michael Jones

Michael Jones, another of Auckland’s most legendary players who, like Brooke and Fitzpatrick, was a veteran when the Super 12 started. The great loose forward managed 36 matches in 1996-99. He was captain in 1998 and will be remembered for his intercept try in the 1998 final that clinched victory against the Brumbies.  In 1986 Jones made his […]

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 […]

Jonah Lomu

The legendary Jonah Lomu was one of the most imposing wingers to pull on the Blues and All Blacks jerseys. He debuted for the All Blacks at 19 and went on to earn 63 caps for the side. From 1996 to 1998, Lomu made 22 appearances for the Blues before moving to the Chiefs and the Hurricanes in 2000.   His […]