Nick White

The Northland and Auckland prop debuted for the Blues in 1999, earning 31 caps for the side. Over the next ten years, White would move to the Crusaders, then the Highlanders and back to the Blues. At the end of 2009, White was forced to retire due to a hip replacement but stayed on in […]

04 May 2017

Francis returns against Waratahs

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 […]

Samiu Vahafolau

Samiu Vahafolau earned his first Super Rugby cap with the Blues in 1999 and alternated between the Auckland-based side and the Highlanders over the next four years. The Tongan-born number eight would then play for Japanese side, Sanyo Wilf Knights, before transferring to French clubs Biarritz and then Béziers. He debuted for Tonga in 2007, […]

Tony Monaghan

Tony Monaghan played three caps for the Blues, but was widely recognised as a Northland stalwart and one of the most reliable All Black Sevens players. He earned Player of the Wellington World Series Sevens Tournament in 2000 and was recognised for strong, consistent play throughout his Sevens and Rugby career. After his rugby career, […]

10 May 2017

BFF donates boots to Otahuhu Rugby Club

We delivered some pre-loved rugby boots off to Otahuhu Rugby Club as part of our Best Foot Forward initiative, and then Jimmy Tupou and Patrick Tuipulotu stuck around for some skills and drills afterwards. Best Foot Forward is a programme to gift recycled boots to youngsters who might otherwise miss out on playing rugby. With […]

Joe Veitayaki

Joe Veitayaki played for the Blues in 1999, earning two caps after a year-long stint with the Chiefs in 1996. The Fijian-born prop became a stalwart for his national side, playing 49 caps between 1994 and 2003 as well as playing in the 1999 and 2003 Rugby World Cups.  

04 May 2017

Blues v Waratahs Super Rugby Preview

Both sides go into this match on the back of wins the week before. Our team beat the Brumbies – the top-ranked Australian side – by 12-18 in Canberra on Sunday night, and now turn their attention to the second-ranked Waratahs, who overcame the Reds last week 26-29. Though the margin was slim, the Blues […]

Keith Lowen

While Keith Lowen began his Super Rugby career with the Blues, earning five caps for the team in 1999, he’s most remembered for his contribution to the Chiefs from 2000 to 2005. Lowen played second five-eighth for Bay of Plenty and then Waikato in the NPC and he earned one cap for the All Blacks […]

15 Apr 2017

Hurricane heartbreak at Eden Park

The Blues looked to have scored a remarkable upset victory over the high-flying Hurricanes at Eden Park tonight, until a piece of Beauden Barrett magic and a well-timed brace by Mark Abbott proved their undoing. When the Hurricanes lock scored after just three minutes of play, it looked as though the home-town fans would be […]