23 MAY 2018

Leon MacDonald Excited By Blues Challenge

The 56-Test All Black, and current Tasman coach Leon MacDonald is already excited about his move to the Blues for the 2019 Super Rugby season.

23 May 2018

A Big Tick in the Leger – Orbyn Leger

wenty-one-year-old Orbyn Leger from Counties Manukau has earned his Blues stripes not only with his excellent performances on the rugby field, but his impressive work ethic on the training ground.

17 MAY 2018

Line-up to host the Crusaders

The Blues front row line up this week reunites Pauliasi Manu with James Parsons and Ofa Tuungafasi against the Crusaders in the Investec Super Rugby clash at Eden Park on Saturday night.

16 MAY 2018

Umaga and MacDonald to lead Blues in 2019

Tana Umaga will have his role as Blued Head Coach extended by a further 12 months and that Tasman Makos Head Coach and former Crusaders Assistant Coach, Leon MacDonald will join the Blues in 2019 as Assistant Coach.

News

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 […]

18 Aug 2016

Kaino to play 70th test

Jerome Kaino is already the most capped blindside flanker in All Black history and on Saturday, when the All Blacks take on the Wallabies in the opening Bledisloe Cup match, he’ll start in his 70th test match. The All Blacks announced the squad early Thursday morning, with the team already based in Sydney ahead of […]

17 Aug 2016

Rugby inspires Lui

At the beginning of this year, Lui Te’o was following the same trajectory as most of his fellow school-leavers. The 19-year-old had enrolled in a Computer Science course at AUT in Manukau, with the hope of a career in security and programming, and his spare time was spent in the Marist clubrooms, playing lock for […]

17 Aug 2016

Getting to know Al Rogers

A version of this story was first published in the 2016 Blues v Highlanders match programme.  Like many Welshmen relishing the glory days of the 70’s, Alistair Rogers was born into a rugby-mad family. The former flanker was born in Port Talbot, Wales and spent most of his youth in Aberavon playing for the local […]

17 Aug 2016

Meet our S&C Coach

nib sat down with the Blues strength and conditioning coach Jason Price to talk about how the season went and what the S&C coaching team does to get the players ready for a gruelling 80 minutes of contact on field.  Can you run us through what your role is and what you do with the Blues please? […]

04 Aug 2016

Meet our Physio

nib has teamed up with the Blues to bring rugby fans the ‘Experience of a Lifetime’. To celebrate the competition, we sat down with the Blues physio Mark Plummer. What is your role and what do you do with the Blues? I have a nine month contract each year with the Blues. I work alongside […]

01 Aug 2016

5 Blues named for Rugby Championship

Five Blues players have been selected for the All Black squad ahead of the 2016 Investec Rugby Championship and another two have been invited to train at the All Blacks camp, as announced by NZ Rugby today.  The All Blacks selectors, Steve Hansen, Ian Foster and Grant Fox, named Charlie Faumuina, Ofa Tu’ungafasi, Patrick Tuipulotu, […]

20 Jul 2016

Blues U18 defeat Chiefs U18

After a week of skills training, rugby education and exposure to professional sport at camp, the Blues Development Under-18 players were ready to step on to the field and test out what they’d learned.  They were given the opportunity on Sunday, with two games against Chiefs Under-18 players at Onewa Domain.   Each team was […]

16 Jul 2016

Blues U18 teams to play Chiefs U18

The Blues have named two Under 18 teams to play the Chiefs at Onewa Domain on Sunday, marking the conclusion of the Under 18 camp that has been running this past week. All the players that are fit and available from camp will be playing in one of two teams, named after the mountains that […]