Finau Maka

Finau Maka made 13 appearances for the Blues over two seasons – 1999 to 2000. He began his Super Rugby career with the Hurricanes and finished with the Highlanders in 2001, before moving overseas to play for French club Toulouse. The Tongan international earned eight caps for his country of birth and played in the […]

26 Apr 2017

Blues visit Samoa

All Black stars Jerome Kaino and Steven Luatua spent most of last week’s bye in Samoa – but they weren’t there on holiday. On the contrary, the dynamic duo was working hard to promote our match against the Reds at Apia Park National Stadium on 2 June 2017, which will be the first Investec Super […]

Tony Coughlan

Tony Coughlan began his first-class career with North Harbour in 1998, earning a spot in the 1999 Blues line-up. He then transferred down to the Hurricanes in 2000, earning 15 appearances for the Wellington-based side. After a four-year career in Super Rugby, Coughlan moved to the UK to play for Ilkey. He returned in 2006 […]

12 Apr 2017

UFC legend visits Blues training

Like his favourite rugby team, Kiwi Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) legend Mark Hunt says he’s “down right now, but definitely not out”. The veteran mixed martial artist was at Blues training yesterday, where he spoke to the team about overcoming adversity and never giving up in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. “I’ve fallen many […]

Rua Tipoki

Rua Tipoki began his Super Rugby career with the Blues in 1999 and proceeded to travel New Zealand and the world with the sport. He returned to the Blues in 2001 and again in 2005-2006. The centre went on to play for the Highlanders, Munster in Ireland and the Crusaders. He also was selected for […]

Slade McFarland

Slade McFarland played hooker for the Blues, but also tried his hand as prop for NPC team North Harbour. He played 128 caps for the regional team and earned 115 points in the process. McFarland was also selected for the New Zealand Maori, the New Zealand Colts and age-group national teams.  

Jason Barrell

Jason Barrell started his first-class career with Northland before moving south to Auckland. He started Super Rugby with the Chiefs and then the Blues in 1999. His professional rugby career was pulled short during an NPC match against Northland in 1999 when he broke his neck during a scrum. Many have been inspired by Barrell’s […]