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. […]

Royce Willis

Royce Willis made his representative debut for the Bay of Plenty side while still at Tauranga Boys College in 1994. The lock would go on to make the New Zealand Colts and the Blues in 1998, as well as the All Blacks that same year. Willis earned 12 caps for the All Blacks from 1998 […]

Jason Spice

Jason Spice was a national age-grade representative in cricket before switching his focus to rugby, making the Blues squad as halfback in 1998. Spice then transferred to the Hurricanes, where he played for the next four years. Like many talented young rugby players, Spice took an international offer from Welsh club Ospreys in 2004 before […]

10 May 2017

Blues v Cheetahs Super Rugby Preview

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 […]

Shane Howarth

The fullback and St Peter’s College, Auckland, graduate initially signed with Auckland rugby in 1990, playing 62 caps for the team over the next five years. It was while with Auckland that Howarth earned his first All Blacks cap in 1994. When Super Rugby was launched in 1996, Howarth made the career move to League […]

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 […]

Leo Lafaiali’i

The Samoan born lock played for his national team from 2001 to 2007, earning 27 caps in the process and playing in two Rugby World Cup tournaments. Leo Lafaiali’i started his Super Rugby career with the Blues, playing for his NZ home region from 1997 to 2001 with just one year-long stint at the Chiefs. […]

Jim Coe

Jim Coe is widely recognised as one of the greatest players to don an NPC jersey, playing lock for Counties Manukau from 1986 onwards. He came into the Blues’ squad in 1997, earning three caps. Coe also played for the New Zealand Maori.