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 […]

01 Apr 2017

Force reckoned with at Eden Park

The embattled Western Force were a force to be reckoned with at Eden Park tonight, eventually going down 24-15 thanks to some excellent Blues tries at crucial times. The Aussies, no doubt motivated by speculation that they may be dropped from the Investec Super Rugby competition under the suggested new format, dominated possession early. 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

Strong A-team named to face Canes

Northland lock Josh Goodhue will captain a strong Blues A side in this weekend’s KFC curtain raiser against the Hurricanes development team. The side features Rene Ranger at centre, Kara Pryor at openside, and four players who have been named in the New Zealand U20 squad to travel to the Gold Coast next month for […]

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 […]

31 Mar 2017

Blues v Force Super Rugby Preview

Our Blues are back at Eden Park this weekend and looking for back-to-back wins against a battling Western Force side. Both teams’ fortunes couldn’t have been more different last weekend. It’s fair to say that the Western Force’s tour of New Zealand did not get off to the start they would have wanted, soundly beaten […]

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 […]

18 Mar 2017

Blues succumb to Crusaders

Full of vim and vigour as they cut a swath through the opposition in the first 40 minutes, the Blues succumbed to a bludgeoning Crusaders pack 33-24 at AMI Staidum in Christchurch. The Blues enjoyed a 21-5 halftime advantage after three outstanding running tries, as the hard-working pack earned important front-foot ball to allow the […]