Afa Fa’atau

The winger played for the Wellington Lions in 2013 and as a replacement in 2014. He also has experience playing for the Wellington Sevens and played club rugby in Ireland. Formerly from Rongotai College and St Patrick’s College, Afa Fa’atau is the cousin of Lome Fa’atau and is related to Julian Savea.

Brandon Nansen

Brandon Nansen was an Auckland Under 16 and Under-18 representative from Sacred Heart College, who earned selection to the New Zealand Schools side that included the likes of Ardie Savea, Patrick Tuipulotu and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck. Brandon moved across the Bridge to the North Shore club and has represented North Harbour for the last three years. […]

31 May 2017

Understanding concussion

The Blues and New Zealand Rugby go to great lengths to tackle the problem of concussion in our game head on – but what is a concussion and what are its symptoms? The most common type of head injury in sport, a concussion can occur when a player receives an impact to the head or […]

Bryn Hall

The North Harbour captain and former New Zealand U20 representative has become known for his strong passing game, decisiveness in open play and attacking style of rugby. He captained the St Peter’s College First XV in 2010. Hall has faced a number of injury setbacks over recent years. He broke his jaw while playing for […]

Declan O’Donnell

After staring for Hamilton Boys High School 1st XV, O’Donnell excelled in sevens post school and became a NZ Sevens star in 2010 and 2011. Signed for the Chiefs in 2012 and Highlanders in 2013, but sidelined with injury for much of next two years. He moved from Waikato to Taranaki this year where he […]

31 May 2017

Meet some of the women on the team…

With the team away during the international rugby window and Super Rugby on pause, we thought we’d take this opportunity to shine a light on a trio of women within the Blues organisation who keep the team performing at their absolute peak – on and off the field. Kylie Wilson, Mental Skills Coach One of […]

Ben Lam

Lam was a latecomer to rugby, yet made up for lost time almost immediately after leaving high school. He grew up pursuing athletics at St Peter’s College, specifically the 100m (breaking 11 seconds), 200m and long jump and has used that speed and strength to dominate the wing in both Sevens and Rugby. Lam was […]

20 May 2017

Stormers too strong in Cape Town

The Blues’ hopes of securing a play-off spot in the hyper-competitive New Zealand conference suffered a brutal set-back in Cape Town this morning (NZ time), going down 30-22 to the Stormers. Referee Jaco van Heerden ruled the match with an iron fist, and as a result both teams traded yellow cards early – winger Matt Duffie received […]