Daniel Braid

Daniel Braid had the ill luck to be an open-side flanker playing at the same time as Richie McCaw. But while his test chances were limited, Braid still enjoyed a successful career when he entered Auckland sides in the early 2000s along with his schoolmate Angus Macdonald, who also went on to perform well for […]

21 Feb 2017

Blues launch Best Foot Forward

The Blues have joined with new partner Yakult to launch a community programme that recycles boots for youngsters who might otherwise be precluded from playing rugby. Blues and All Black legend Keven Mealamu is spearheading the ‘Best Foot Forward’ initiative – also known as ‘BFF’ for short – to collect pre-loved boots for re-distribution to […]

Luke Braid

Acknowledged for his leadership ability and no-nonsense approach on the field, Luke led the Blues in the 2014 season. As a player he stood out with his technical ability over the ball, destruction of teams at the breakdown and uncompromising approach.  He earned 79 Super Rugby caps, 9 caps from playing for the Chiefs. At the end of 2014, Luke announced […]

22 Mar 2017

U20s take on Argentina

The Blues Under-20 team complete their campaign with an international clash against Argentina Under 20s tonight at Waitemata Rugby Club in Henderson. Kick off is at 7pm. The visitors are on a three-match tour of New Zealand, playing against the Hurricanes, Blues and Chiefs in preparation for the World Rugby Under-20 Championship in Tbilisi, Georgia […]

Robin Brooke

Robin Brooke played some outstanding rugby at lock, especially in the highly successful first two or three seasons. He also provided effective leadership during difficult circumstances in 1999-2001, even though in 2000-01 his international career had come to an end. He finished with 63 Super appearances.  

22 Mar 2017

Westie Pies Secondary School 10s on this weekend

Blues fans heading to our match against the Bulls couldn’t ask for a better rugby entrée than the Westie Pies Secondary School 10s Tournament. Kicking off from 12pm this Saturday on the outer fields of QBE Stadium, 12 schools from across the Blues rugby region will be battling it out for the boys’ division title, […]

Steven Luatua

Steven Luatua is an impressive loose forward and leader who garnered international honours at a young age, valued for his impressive physique, power and skill. The Mt Albert Grammar old boy made the NZ Secondary Schools team in 2010, the same year that he was selected for the Auckland provincial squad. He played a key […]

24 Feb 2017

Seven-try opener in Melbourne

An aggressive steel-door defence in the second half led to an outstanding seven-try 56-18 victory for the Blues over the Rebels in Melbourne to open the Investec Super Rugby competition. A late intercept try by Rieko Ioane gave the Blues a stuttering 25-15 halftime lead, closed by a further penalty to the home side in […]

Zinzan Brooke

Zinzan Brooke, though in the twilight of his illustrious career as one of New Zealand’s greatest No 8s, had the distinction of leading the Blues to their first two championship wins in 1996-97, playing with his trademark flair and flamboyance, despite beginning to battle age and injuries which caused him to miss some games. He made […]

03 Mar 2017

Hard night in Hamilton

After a historic first victory in Melbourne a week ago, the Blues faced a cruel reality check in Hamilton tonight, losing 41-26 to a merciless Chiefs side. The Blues conceded a try within ten minutes from a lineout drive, and then another to Chiefs fullback Damian McKenzie on 21 minutes, but indiscipline from the Chiefs […]