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 […]

10 May 2017

Tuipulotu returns to face Cheetahs

All Black Patrick Tuipulotu makes his return from injury for the Blues in their Investec Super Rugby home clash against the Cheetahs at Eden Park on Friday night. Tuipulotu has been sidelined with a back injury since the round six clash against the Force, and comes into the starting line-up with Gerard Cowley-Tuioti moving to […]

Glenn Taylor

Glenn Taylor alternated between the Chiefs, Hurricanes and Blues during his Super Rugby career. He’s most remembered for captaining the Northland side and earning 143 caps in the process. Taylor made six All Black appearances, only one being a test. He also made a number of representative teams, like the New Zealand Colts and the […]

17 May 2017

Blues v Stormers Super Rugby Preview

The team barely had time to enjoy last week’s decisive victory over the Cheetahs before they were on the plane to Cape Town, where they’ll face the Stormers at 5am on Saturday morning (NZ time). In stark contrast, the Stormers have enjoyed a week of rest and rehabilitation after what can only be described as […]

Mark Robinson

Mark Robinson was another Rugby Union and League crossover. He started his career with North Harbour in 1996, playing hooker for the regional team. He then joined the Chiefs from 1997 to 1998 before returning to the Blues from 1999-2002. Robinson then transferred to League, playing hooker for the Auckland-based club. He finished his playing […]

Marc Ellis

The utility back made waves in both Rugby League and Union. During the 1995 Rugby World Cup, Ellis scored six tries against Japan, breaking the record for most tries by an individual in a single game at the competition. He then proceeded to play League for the Warriors from 1996 to 1997, before returning to […]

05 Apr 2017

Q&A with Pauliasi Manu

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. […]

James Christian

Graham Henry selected James Christian for the Auckland NPC team straight out of high school. He played three seasons with the Blues, earning three caps for the side and playing the 1998 Super Rugby final. Christian also played for representative teams the New Zealand Colts, New Zealand Universities and the Barbarians. He played for Newcastle […]