Kevin Nepia

Kevin Nepia was a familiar face around Auckland playing prop for the NPC side for 41 games between 1992 and 1996. He helped the Blues earn their first Super Rugby title in its inaugural year before moving south to join Canterbury and the Crusaders in the twilight years of his career. While in the south, […]

Andrew Blowers

The Samoan-born Flanker initially started his career with the Samoan national side, without earning any caps. He then transitioned back to NZ International Rugby and went on to earn 18 caps for the All Blacks between 1996 and 1999. The MAGS old boy played for Auckland in the NPC and then made the Blues during […]

15 Mar 2017

Brightly coloured laces to promote diversity

You might notice something a little bit different in our game against the Crusaders on Friday night, as players from both sides look to celebrate difference and send a message of inclusivity on and off the rugby field. New Zealand Super Rugby teams have swapped laces with members of their local communities to wear in […]

Greg Cooper

The Fullback finished his New Zealand rugby career with the Blues in 1996, earning three caps as a replacement draft player. At a provincial level, Cooper represented Hawkes Bay, Auckland and most notably Otago in the NPC. He also earned seven caps for the All Blacks in 1986 and later in 1992.  He developed a strong reputation as a fighter […]

Waisake Sotutu

The Fiji international played for the Blues for one season in 1996 before transferring to the Crusaders in 1997. He was a strong Auckland winger, playing for the side from 1991 through to 1997.   In 2014, Waisake took on the role of Auckland Rugby 7s coach. 

Lee Stensness

Auckland-born Lee Stensness began his rugby career in first five-eighths with Manawatu, playing for the NPC side from 1989 to 1992. It was when Stensness moved up to Auckland and moved into second string behind Grant Fox that he decided to switch to second five.   He made his All Black debut in 1993, earning 14 caps of the next five […]