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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

31 May 2017

Blues v Reds Super Rugby Preview

We’re set to make history on Friday as the first team to bring an Investec Super Rugby match to rugby-mad Samoa. Here’s hoping the game against the Reds is worthy of the occasion. On present form, you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone other than the most ardent Reds fans who’d be backing the Queensland outfit […]

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 […]