Matua Parkinson

Matua Parkinson joined the Blues in 2001, a year after making his Super Rugby debut for the Hurricanes. The openside flanker had previously been playing rugby league in Australia for the Canterbury Bulldogs reserve-grade side and for the New Zealand Sevens rugby squad, which he made upon his return to rugby at the end of […]

James Arlidge

James Arlidge made a big impression after joining the Blues as an injury replacement for Carlos Spencer in 2001, scoring 18 points against the Cats on debut. Arlidge was a fine goal kicker who played just two seasons for the Blues from 2001-02 before shifting south to play for the Highlanders. After a single season in […]

31 May 2017

Q&A with Murphy Taramai

It’s easy to forget that dynamic loose forward Murphy Taramai is one of our new boys in 2017, considering he’s already managed to rack up over half a dozen Investec Super Rugby caps. What’s your favourite meal? Home-made lasagne that I make myself, or, even better, the lasagne that my mum makes. Tell us something […]

Kees Meeuws

After a five-year stint with the Highlanders, Aucklander Kees Meeuws returned home in 2002 to play three seasons with the Blues. Meeuws played 42 tests for the All Blacks between 1998 and 2004, scoring 10 test tries. In 2004, Meeuws left New Zealand to take up a contract with French club Castres Olympique. After He […]

Mark Mayerhofler

Mark Mayerhofler began and ended his career in New Zealand first class rugby with North Harbour. But he is better remembered for the long and successful association he had with Canterbury and the Crusaders, where he won three Super Rugby titles. At the end of 2000 he moved to France, but never settled and was back […]

Amasio Valance

The first five-eighth was born in Nadi, Fiji, but pledged allegiance to New Zealand in 1998 when he helped the Sevens team win gold at the 1998 Commonwealth Games. This was followed up by two more gold medals – in 2002 in Manchester, and 2006 in Melbourne. Valence only played one cap for the Blues […]