Andrew Roose

The hooker played understudy to Blues captain Sean Fitzpatrick. While he made the 1996 squad, Roose didn’t take to the field until 1997 and started only once during the season. Roose’s Super Rugby involvement was preceded by eight years of provincial rugby, first with Otago and then with Counties Manukau. In 1999, Roose moved to […]

Norm Berryman

While Norm Berryman represented the Blues for three caps in 1997, he’s most remembered for his contribution to the Crusaders from 1998 to 2000. The centre and winger earned the nickname “Storming Norm” while with his provincial club, Northland Rugby. He represented the All Blacks for one appearance as well as the Maori All Blacks […]

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 […]

Jeremy Stanley

The Auckland stalwart made a career out of provincial rugby, playing for Auckland from 1994 to 2001. The centre also made three appearances for the All Blacks in 1997 during the British tour, adding to the rare list of father/son All Black duos. Stanley earned 18 caps for the Blues from 1997 to 1998 before […]

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 […]

Tony Marsh

By playing for the Blues in 1997 and moving to the Crusaders in 1998, Marsh achieved a feat few have been able to replicate: winning back-to-back Super Rugby titles with different teams. A majority of Marsh’s playing career was with French club Clermont, then known as Montferrand, playing centre for the side from 1998 to […]

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 […]

Matt Webber

The Auckland flanker earned one cap for the Blues against Northern Transvaal before moving to South Africa to play for Eastern Province.