19 Jul 2017

Future Blues go to camp

While the team was away in Japan last week, selected schoolboys were invited to attend Blues Under 17 and Under 18 Camps.

28 Jun 2017

Black, Gatland bolster squad

The Blues have bolstered their inside back stocks with the signing of two young players, Otere Black and Bryn Gatland for the Investec Super Rugby competition.

News

24 Sep 2016

Rain no damper for Super Weekend

Photo: Under-14 champions Auckland West after their 5-0 win over Auckland East. It might have been raining and overcast all day, but that didn’t put a damper on the spirits of 300 Under-14 and Under-16 rugby players competing at the Blues Development Super Weekend on Saturday. The finals day, held at Marist Rugby Club, marked the […]

14 Oct 2016

Promising young backs sign for ’17

Photo: Stephen Perofeta, playing for the NZ Under-20 side in 2016. Two young backline prospects from Taranaki and Otago will head to the Blues for next year’s Investec Super Rugby Championship. Teenage first-five Stephen Perofeta, originally from Wanganui but playing for Taranaki, and Otago utility Michael Collins have signed to join the Blues, it was […]

20 Sep 2016

Blues to host top teams at home

The Blues face a truly international season in the 2017 Investec Super Rugby Championship with the draw released today. The Blues have the honour of launching the Investec Super Rugby Championship on Thursday 23 February with their season-opener against the Rebels in Melbourne. The season includes back-to-back games in Canberra and Sydney plus one-off clashes […]

16 Sep 2016

Six further Blues re-sign

Six further players from this year’s Blues squad have been rewarded with extended contracts for next season’s Investec Super Rugby Championship. The club’s rookie of the year, Piers Francis has been re-signed for the 2017 season among the six players announced today. The others are props Sione Mafileo (North Harbour) and Sam Prattley (Auckland), locks […]

14 Sep 2016

Tana to assist coach Maori ABs

Maori All Blacks Head Coach Colin Cooper has announced the coaching and management team for the Maori All Blacks’ 2016 northern tour at the end of this year. Tana Umaga has been appointed Assistant Coach and former All Blacks prop and Waikato Forwards Coach Carl Hoeft has been appointed Assistant Forwards Coach.  “I’m delighted to […]

13 Sep 2016

U18 Players earn national honours

It’s no secret that the Blues region produces some of the most sought-after rugby talent. Take the success of Mount Albert Grammar Schools First XV for example. The team, coached by Geoff Moon and featuring a number of Blues Under 18 Development players, took out this year’s 1A First XV final when they defeated Sacred […]

13 Sep 2016

Spotlight: Sam Prattley

A version of this profile was first published in the Blues v Brumbies match programme. Rai Valley, population 100, is a small locality, halfway between Nelson and Blenheim at the top end of the South Island. The township boasts a café, pub, rural shop and a trucking company. There once was a cheese factory, but that […]

09 Sep 2016

The Brave Blossoms star

A version of this profile was first published in the Blues v Hurricanes match programme. Male Sa’u has played out the typical professional rugby narrative in reverse. He left New Zealand early to pursue rugby in Japan, before returning to his roots with Super Rugby. The Otara-boy developed his craft at Tangaroa College, a school […]

31 Aug 2016

It’s a mental game

There’s an old saying that sport is 10% physical and 90% mental.  You’ll be forgiven for doubting the accuracy of this quote, especially considering the physical demands on elite level rugby players. The Blues take the saying seriously and in 2015 introduced a new coach to the squad. Her name is Kylie Wilson and she’s […]

30 Aug 2016

Women in Rugby

A version of this story was first published in the Blues v Waratahs match programme. Pictured is a girls’ team from Southern Cross Campus, supplied by Southern Cross. As women’s rugby gains international prominence with the inclusion of Sevens at the Olympic Games, and our New Zealand womens’ silver medal in Rio, the profile of the […]

31 Aug 2016

Tongan kid to All Black

A version of this story was first published in the Blues v Waratahs match programme. It was 14 years before Ofa Tu’ungafasi knew who the All Blacks were. 10 years on, he became All Black #1150. Ofa was born in the village of Kanolupolu on the main island of Tonga, where most rugby boys dreamt […]

25 Aug 2016

Parsons named for second test

James Parsons only returned to the All Black environment this week, providing injury cover ahead of game two of the Bledisloe Cup, and already he’s been given a spot on the side to play Australia. The 2016 Blues captain and hooker will be on the bench alongside fellow Blues prop Charlie Faumuina, while flanker Jerome […]