26 Jul 2017

Photos: Blues Awards 2017

Read more about this year’s Blues Awards and our award winners here. Pics by Photosport NZ

Brent Ward

After three campaigns of sterling service to the Hurricanes between 2003-2005, Auckland born Brent Ward returned home in 2006 to play his one and only season for the Blues. A stalwart of the Auckland NPC team, he was the leading points scorer in the 2005 NPC with 137 points, and he brought up 500 first […]

Junior Poluleuligaga

Halfback Junior Poluleuligaga began his career with North Harbour and in 2006 was selected in the Blues squad. In 2007 he played for Samoa in the Pacific Nations Cup, and later that year in the Rugby World Cup in France. He spent a short time with French Club RC Toulon, then Harlequins in Europe. In 2009 […]

13 Jul 2017

Faumuina, Luatua to start for final time for Blues in Japan

Charlie Faumuina and Steven Luatua will play their last games for the Blues in their Investec Super Rugby season finale against the Sunwolves in Tokyo on Saturday. Coach Tana Umaga has honoured the club’s first ever clash against the Sunwolves with their strongest possible combination including the Blues’ All Blacks Jerome Kaino, Faumuina, Ofa Tu’ungafasi […]

Tim Dow

A very mobile player for a hooker, Dow’s selection in the Blues in 2006 came after yet another good season for Northland in the NPC. Dow had a knack of scoring tries, and learned much from training alongside Keven Mealamu and being coached by former international hooker and Blues coach at the time, David Nucifora.

02 Jun 2017

Blues beat Reds in Samoa

The Blues held on to beat a defiant Reds side in the first-ever Investec Super Rugby match in Samoa. And they did it with a radically different team to the one that tied with the Chiefs at Eden Park last week. One of those changes, Rene Ranger made up for lost time by racing over […]

Vili Waqaseduadua

The New Zealand Sevens representative had the ability to scythe through the narrowest of gaps, but with Doug Howlett, Joe Rokocoko, Rudi Wulf and Anthony Tuitavake all ahead of him in the pecking order at the Blues, Waqaseduadua had limited opportunities to show his worth. In 2007 the Highlanders recruited him, and in 2008 the Chiefs picked […]

Anthony Tuitavake

After a season with the Highlanders in 2005, Tuitavake joined the Blues in 2006 and went on to establish himself as a standout performer over his five years in a Blues jersey. His rich form in 2008 was rewarded when the All Black selectors picked him to debut against Ireland. Tuitavake then went on to […]