Hoani Matenga

The Christchurch Boys’ High School old boy and Lock went down the traditional student route before earning a shot at professional rugby. Matenga graduated from Otago University in 2009, where he earned a degree in Tourism & Marketing. It was also the same year that he earned his first provincial Cup contract with Otago, followed up […]

Nic Mayhew

The young and explosive prop from Auckland’s North Shore has already played international rugby with the Harlequins in England’s Aviva Premiership. He started out with Northcote Rugby Club and soon graduated to North Harbour’s Development Squad in 2010, earning his first cap for the team that same year. Mayhew left for England in 2011, along […]

15 Mar 2017

Blues visit Papatoetoe

Patrick Tuipulotu, Charlie Faumuina, Of Tu’ungafasi and a host of other players brought Blues in the ‘burbs to Papatoetoe Rugby Club on Monday night. A fantastic time was had by all, as our players ran some fun skills and drills sessions with the kids and even organised an epic game of rippa rugby. Blues in […]

Matt McGahan

At just 22, the former Mount Albert Grammar School first five and playmaker is bringing plenty of rugby and life experience to the Blues. He captained MAGS to a national title in in 2010 and earned a spot on the NZ Secondary Schools team the same year. In 2011, McGahan – the son of former […]

30 Mar 2017

Largely unchanged side to host Western Force

The Blues are sticking with a largely unchanged line-up when they host the Western Force at Eden Park on Saturday. There are only two changes from the starting line-up that beat the Bulls last weekend, with the game at the earlier time of 5.15pm kick-off. Young flanker Blake Gibson gets a break after a highly […]

Sam Prattley

Sam Prattley is one of the Blues quiet achievers, unafraid to put in plenty of hard training to develop his skills. The Blenheim-born prop attended Nelson College, playing for the NZ U20 side in 2010, the same year as his debut for the Tasman Makos where he played 29 times. He shifted north in 2013 […]

Rene Ranger

Rene Ranger is one of the Blues most dynamic backs, a player with individual flare and ability to produce moments of magic from nothing. He returned from two years in France to join the Blues in 2016, but an ACL injury meant he was sidelined for much of the season. The colourful Northlander was selected […]

15 Mar 2017

Brightly coloured laces to promote diversity

You might notice something a little bit different in our game against the Crusaders on Friday night, as players from both sides look to celebrate difference and send a message of inclusivity on and off the rugby field. New Zealand Super Rugby teams have swapped laces with members of their local communities to wear in […]