While life in New Zealand at present exists mainly inside our respective bubbles, it seems such a long time ago that rugby was firmly focussed on the Investec Super Rugby competition. We are celebrating 25 years of Super Rugby. a tournament which has changed the face of the professional game.
The Blues have enjoyed a storied history over these 25 years with Championship titles in 1996, 1997 and 2003, as well as being finalists in 1998 and semi-finalists in 2007 and 2011.
There are six centurions during this time – all forwards in Keven Mealamu (164 games), Jerome Kaino (139), Tony Woodcock (137), current Blues hooker James parsons (115), Ali Williams (102) and John Afoa (101). Plus there’s another six greats who finished with 90-plus games for the Blues led by a group who also made impressed post the Blues in Europe led by current Toulouse prop Charlie Faumuina on 99, Doug Howlett 97, Joe Rokocoko and the great Carlos Spencer on 96 and stalwart loose forward Justin Collins on 93.
The lock down has led to a discussion about some of those outstanding players – from present and past and it has left us asking ‘who are the Best Blues of All-Time?’ to recognise and celebrate 25 years of Super Rugby.
After much discussion inside the Blues camp we have come up with five players in each position. The criteria is that they have had to have played a minimum 10 games for the Blues. And in general selection was based on how those players performed for the Blues (rather than another club or their country). The players were also selected in the position that they mostly occupied for the Blues.
The rest is now over to you – our fans – to select your All-time Best Blues team from our list over the coming 8 days.
We will add up your selections and present the All-time Best Blues team on April 26th. And from those who enter, then one lucky fan will receive a Blues playing jersey signed by the 2020 nib Blues team.
Check out our social media channels each morning over the following week to have your say!
Saturday 18 April – Front Row selection
Sunday 19 April – Lock selection
Monday 20 April – Loose Forward selection
Tuesday 21 April – Halves selection
Wednesday 22 April – Centres selection
Thursday 23 April – Outside Back selection
Friday 24 April – Blues Provincial XV’s released
Saturday 25 April –
Sunday 26 April – All-Time Blues XV released