Paul Williams

Paul Williams was an exciting fullback whose straight running and solid defence earned him a regular starting spot in the Blues XV in 2009. With Rene Ranger, Joe Rokocoko, Isaia Toeava and Rudi Wulf occupying the wing/fullback duties in 2010, Williams saw little game time for the Blues but did impress in his regular cameos […]

Chris Lowrey

Before his season was cut short through injury, Chris Lowrey received the Blues’ Rookie of the Year award in 2009. Further illness and injury, coupled with Viliami Ma’afu establishing himself as the first choice number 8, curtailed Chris’ progress with the Blues in 2010 but he rediscovered his form in 2011, stepping up in the […]

Bronson Murray

Strongman Bronson Murray was an experienced campaigner with 63 caps for Northland when he made his debut and played his only season for the Blues in 2008. In 2009 he moved south to play for the Crusaders, and then joined the Highlanders for the 2011 Investec Super Rugby competition. The Taniwha stalwart switched to tighthead […]

David Smith

Crowd favourite David Smith was initially drafted into the Hurricanes squad in 2007 after lighting up the Air New Zealand Cup with Auckland in 2006, scoring six tries in eleven appearances in his debut season. The speedster returned home to make his debut for the Blues in 2008 and made five appearances, but he signed […]

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, […]

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 […]

Bryn Evans

Bryn Evans was selected for his debut season with the Blues in 2008 after a consistent campaign with Hawke’s Bay in the Air New Zealand Cup. He then joined the Hurricanes in 2009 where he earned 11 caps including three in the starting XV. This brought him selection in the New Zealand Juniors to play in […]

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 […]