Tana Umaga, Al Rogers, Glenn Moore, Paul Feeney


Richard Fry


James Parsons

Player of the Year

James Parsons

2016 was a year of progressive development for the Blues team, moving from the side’s headquarters at Unitec to a new, purpose-built facility at Alexandra Park.

Head Coach Tana Umaga guided a shift in performance levels in his first year at the helm with assistant coaches Al Rogers, Glenn Moore, Nick White and Paul Feeney providing excellent support.

The season started well with a narrow 33-31 win over defending Super Rugby champions the Highlanders at Eden Park. The Blues struggled to defeat the other New Zealand teams, with the Highlanders’ win their only success in six local derby games.

In mid-season the Blues managed their first away victory since 2012 with the win over the Kings in Port Elizabeth before struggling in their next game against a dominant Lions side but earning a win on the way home against the Force in Perth.

The Blues stamped their class over the other international teams, losing just once in nine games.

The final eight win, six loss, one draw overall result was their best since 2011, and only two losses were by more than 10 points, with three losses earning a bonus point.

Season stats

  • Played: 15
  • Win: 8
  • Draw: 1
  • Loss: 6
  • PF: 374
  • PA: 402
  • Diff: -28
  • BP 5
  • Points: 34