Grayson Hart

The New Zealand U20 representative started his career with the Blues (2008) and Auckland Rugby (2007), using it as a springboard into international rugby. In 2012, Grayson took up a contract with the Waratahs and then Edinburgh. This lead on to an international career with Scotland, thanks to his maternal grandmother who was born in […]

Tevita Mailau

Tevita Mailau faced a baptism of fire in his first match for the Blues against the Bulls in Pretoria in 2009, but being thrust into the cauldron of Loftus Versfeld proved to be the prop’s making as he has went from strength to strength. He performed with distinction for Auckland over the 2009 to 2012 […]

19 Jul 2017

Q&A with Shane King

New Talent Identification and Player Development Manager Shane King took time out from his quest to find the next Rieko Ioane to tell us a bit about his role at the club… What is your role at the Blues? I’m responsible for identifying potential professional rugby players in the region from the 1st XV level, […]

Chris Smylie

A former Otago and Highlanders representative, Auckland-born Chris Smylie returned to North Harbour for the 2008 Air New Zealand Cup and played his third season for the Blues in 2011 after making his debut in 2009. Smylie made his New Zealand Maori debut in 2006 and is a former recipient of the NPC Division One […]

15 Jul 2017

Japanese horror show

The same Blues side that etched its name in the history books last month with a momentous win against the British & Irish Lions has made history for all the wrong reasons today, becoming the first Kiwi side to fall to the Sunwolves. That’s right. The struggling Japanese side scored a massive upset at Prince […]

Peter Saili

Peter was a key part of the Blues’ much-vaunted back row, noted for his great work between 2009 and 2015. His younger brother Francis also joined him at the Blues. 

12 Jul 2017

Blues warm to the Heat in Japan

The Blues have kicked off our new relationship with Honda Heat Rugby Club with a camp in Suzuka, Japan to help prepare for the return to Investec Super Rugby. The Blues squad spent a week at the Honda Heat training base and the camp involved combined training sessions, staff connections and a match. The Blues […]

Jamie Helleur

An accomplished second five-eighths, Jamie Helleur played nine games for the Blues in his debut season in 2009. He then moved overseas to play rugby in Portugal before returning to bolster the midfield stocks for Auckland in the 2010 ITM Cup. Helleur also debuted for Samoa in 2010 and previously represented NZ Universities.

05 Jul 2017

Q&A with Patrick Tuipulotu

Ferocious on the field and a gentleman off it, big lock Patrick Tuipulotu prefers to let his actions on the paddock do the talking for him. Nevertheless, we managed to lure in the 12-test All Black with promises of fresh meatloaf if he answered these questions for us… What’s your favourite meal? Meatloaf with mashed […]