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. […]

07 Jun 2017

Photos: Blues v British & Irish Lions

Photos by Photosport NZ

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.

07 Jun 2017

Historic victory against Lions

This Blues side etched its name in the history books with a glorious, hard-fought 22-16 victory over the visiting British & Irish Lions, in front of a vocal Eden Park crowd of more than 40,000 people. Following a rousing haka, the British & Irish Lions went more than 12 phases before the Blues finally got […]

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 legend receives knighthood

We’re delighted by the news that Blues rugby legend Michael Jones has been made a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in this year’s Queen’s birthday honours. The rugby hall-of-famer – known affectionately as ‘Ice Man’ – has been recognised for the wonderful work he’s done for the Pacific community. That work […]

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 […]

26 Jul 2017

Photos: Blues Awards 2017

Read more about this year’s Blues Awards and our award winners here. Pics by Photosport NZ

Luke McAlister

McAlister debuted for the Blues in 2004 and played for the club for four seasons, during which time he made his All Blacks debut in 2005 in the third Test against the British & Irish Lions. The 2002 IRB Under-19 Player of the Year, McAlister was also the Blues’ top points scorer in the 2005 Rebel Sport Super 14  In […]