The former North Harbour captain made 48 appearances for North Harbour and one for the Blues, before injury forced an early retirement at age 25. Ruptured tendons were deemed irreparable, even after four seasons or rehabilitation and surgery. Fortunately, the prop had a Bachelor of Commerce degree to utilise after leaving professional sport.
21 Sep 2017
The Blues are excited by a challenging fixture list for the revamped 2018 Investec Super Rugby season, with the draw announced today. Under the new format all New Zealand teams play each other twice – home and away – which means more action-packed local derbies for the fans and they will get to support the […]
Initially named in the Blues Wider Training Group in 2010, Filo Paulo was thrust into the full squad to replace the injured Ali Williams and performed admirably, playing 12 games in his debut season. An extremely physical player and a strong lineout jumper, Paulo played his first season of provincial rugby in 2011 for North […]
25 Sep 2017
Alby Mathewson signed with Auckland in 2009 and made his Blues debut in 2010 after previously playing for the Hurricanes. His move north reaped immediate awards as he was named the 2010 Super 14 Player of the Year and went on to be selected in the All Blacks end of year tour. The Former New […]
30 Aug 2017
The Blues will kick off 2018 at the Brisbane Global Rugby Tens, with the second edition of the showcase pre-season tournament to be held on Friday 9 and Saturday February 10 at Suncorp Stadium. Following a hugely popular debut in 2017, the event switches to a day-night format, with matches to begin in the afternoon […]
Six years after making his provincial debut, number 8 Viliami Ma’afu was finally selected for his debut season of Super Rugby after an impressive couple of seasons with North Harbour. Ma’afu was awarded the 2009 North Harbour Player of the Year and is a triple international – having represented Tonga in tennis and golf as […]
One of three players picked up in the draft by the Blues in 2010, Serge Lilo was an unrelenting, direct and accurate openside flanker who previously played for the Chiefs and Hurricanes. He was renowned for his uncompromising defence and tenacity at the breakdown. Lilo returned to the Hurricanes for the 2011 Investec Super Rugby […]
25 Aug 2017
Two highly promising young prospects, Dalton Papalii and Caleb Clarke, will join the Blues in the Investec Super Rugby next year. Papalii has already forged a close involvement with the Blues, as a graduate of the club’s Under-17 and Under-18 programmes before moving on to play for the Blues Under-20 and A teams for the […]
Stephen Brett joined the Blues for the 2010 season after being picked up in the draft from the Crusaders. A leading figure in Canterbury’s three successive provincial Championships from 2007-10, Brett signed for Auckland as well as the Blues for 2011. Brett has also played for the Junior All Blacks and New Zealand Maori.