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 […]

Matt Vaega

Outstanding and consistent form for the championship-winning North Harbour side, has earned Matt Vaega his third year with the Blues. Young midfield back selected for Wider Training Group in 2015, and in as an injury-replacement in 2016, playing five games for the Blues over the two seasons. He played for NZ Schools in 2012 and […]

Ihaia West

The Hawkes Bay native attended Napier Boys’ High School where he first found the sport. He was selected for NZ Under 20 team in 2012 and was one of the Hawkes Bay Magpies’ stars in 2013, the same year that he was selected for the Maori All Blacks tour of North America. His performance during […]

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 […]

Lolagi Visinia

Lolagi Visinia has been turning heads with his pace and mature kicking game ever since high school. The Kelston Boys’ High School graduate started out with his school’s First XV, where he made the NZ Secondary Schools squad and helped the team to a national top four position in 2011. Soon after, Visinia was recruited […]

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 […]

Namatahi Waa

Namatahi Waa has gained experience at both the club and Mitre 10 Cup level up in Northland, earning a spot with the Taniwhas in 2014. The prop was also a member of the Blues Development team in 2014 and 2015.

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 […]