13 Jul 2017

Blues v Sunwolves Super Rugby Preview

Our Blues will look to finish the season off with a bang when they face the Sunwolves in Tokyo for the very first time in the club’s history. The Sunwolves are zero from four against Kiwi teams this season, suffering big losses against the Hurricanes (83-17), Crusaders (50-3), and Highlanders (40-15), before coming remarkably close […]

Kurtis Haiu

2009 was a pivotal year for Kurtis Haiu who came of age as one of New Zealand’s commanding lineout jumpers. With fellow lock Ali Williams ruled out for the entire 2010 campaign because of injury, Haui stepped up another gear to lead by example at the lineout. But for such a large, imposing forward, his […]

29 Jun 2017

Blues take lessons from volunteering

An exercise earlier this year, introduced the Blues to 16 different charitable organisations across Auckland. In teams of 8 or more, players were tasked with visiting a diverse short list of organisations to learn about the work they do in our community. Each team was then challenged to select just one organisation to re-visit for […]

Rudi Wulf

At just 20 years of age Rudi Wulf was already in the Blues squad, New Zealand Sevens and Colts teams when a freak swimming pool accident left him with a fractured vertebrae in his neck. After 11 months on the sidelines he made a full recovery to become one of the most dangerous attacking wingers […]

Tamati Ellison

Tamati Ellison made his debut for the Blues as an injury replacement in 2005, playing just one game for the franchise before rejoining the Hurricanes in 2006 where he played for five years. In 2006, Ellison was a member of the New Zealand Sevens team that won gold at the Commonwealth Games. In 2007 he captained […]

31 May 2017

Our Samoan connection

It’s no coincidence that we’ve chosen to bring the first-ever Investec Super Rugby match to Samoa, considering our long and proud kinship with the rugby-mad country. As well as the Blues region being home to around 150,000 Samoans, we currently have 15 players in our team with Samoan heritage, along with our head coach Tana […]

John Senio

The Samoan international earned 10 caps for his national side between 2003 and 2006, earning a spot in the 2003 Rugby World Cup in the process. John played for Northland in 2006, before moving on to Edinburgh Rugby, Bourgoin ASM Clermont Auvergne and FC Grenoble.

26 May 2017

Tense draw in the rain

The Blues and Chiefs played out a tense, nail-biting draw in the rain at Eden Park tonight, eventually tying the match 16-16. Both sides traded penalties early. Damian McKenzie got his side’s first points, before Piers Francis returned in kind, a few minutes later. They were the only points in the first 30 minutes of […]

Roger Dustow

The one-cap Blues hooker made his name at a provincial level, playing for North Harbour from 2004 to 2007.