Blair Urlich began his first-class career in 1998 with North Harbour and came into the Blues side for two years in 2000. He made the New Zealand Maori side and earned a one-year contract with Japanese club Mitsubishi Dynaboars.
19 Apr 2017
The All Black legend played 50 caps as second five-eighth for the national side between 1990 and 1998, known for his pairing with Frank Bunce. He made 145 appearances for North Harbour and earned most of his Super Rugby caps with the Chiefs, before completing his New Zealand career with the Blues in 2000.
05 Apr 2017
Tongan-born Aucklander Pauliasi Manu is back in blue this year after a number of seasons south of the Bombays with the Chiefs. We caught up with the powerful scrummager ahead of our game against the Highlanders in Dunedin. What’s your favourite meal? A full pig on a spit, with taros and heaps of other vegetables. […]
The Fijian-born utility back came to New Zealand in 1997 to join the Auckland Development XV. He returned to Fiji a year later to play for Nadi in the regional competition, the Farebrother Sullivan Trophy, against Suva. He was then recruited to play for the Brumbies in 1999, followed by the Blues in 2000 and […]
19 Apr 2017
Davin Heaps alternated between the Hurricanes and the Blues during his Super Rugby career. The Southland player came in to the Blues for one season in 2000, before returning to his first Super Rugby team the Hurricanes.
10 May 2017
Our Blues are set to return to Eden Park after two wins on the road in Australia, desperate to keep their winning streak going against the visiting Cheetahs from South Africa. The Cheetahs, on the other hand, will be desperate to get out of a rut that’s seen them lose seven straight games in a […]
Orene Ai’I made his Super Rugby debut in 1999 with the Hurricanes, before transferring up to the Blues in 2000. He would play intermittently with the Auckland-based side over the next 12 years, moving to Japan to play for the Toyota Verblitz and France to play for Toulon for brief periods. Ai’i also played Sevens […]
04 May 2017
A virtually unchanged team has been named for the second leg of their Australian tour against the Waratahs in Sydney on Saturday. First-five Piers Francis has been cleared of the wrist injury that ruled him out last weekend’s Super Rugby match against the Brumbies on the day of the game. Francis, who has been selected […]