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 […]

15 Mar 2017

Blues visit Papatoetoe

Patrick Tuipulotu, Charlie Faumuina, Of Tu’ungafasi and a host of other players brought Blues in the ‘burbs to Papatoetoe Rugby Club on Monday night. A fantastic time was had by all, as our players ran some fun skills and drills sessions with the kids and even organised an epic game of rippa rugby. Blues in […]

Rupeni Caucaunibuca

Rupeni Caucaunibuca appeared all too briefly for the Blues, just 14 games in 2002-04. But that was enough to prove that he was one of the most gifted wings to ever play the game. He scored 15 tries in 14 games, including a spectacular hat-trick in 2004 against the Crusaders.  In 2003 ‘Caucau’ lit up the World Cup, almost beating Scotland single-handed. […]

30 Mar 2017

Largely unchanged side to host Western Force

The Blues are sticking with a largely unchanged line-up when they host the Western Force at Eden Park on Saturday. There are only two changes from the starting line-up that beat the Bulls last weekend, with the game at the earlier time of 5.15pm kick-off. Young flanker Blake Gibson gets a break after a highly […]

Eroni Clarke

Eroni Clarke played probably his best rugby at provincial level for Auckland and at Super Rugby level for the Blues. Between 1991 and 2002, he played 150 games for the team, occasionally as captain. The hard running, hard tackling midfielder was unlucky to receive just 10 caps with the All Blacks, yet he remained loyal to the Blues and a strong influence on the team during its first five seasons. […]

Justin Collins

Justin Collins made his first Super Rugby appearance for the Chiefs in 1998 and continued to prove himself as one of the best defensive players in the competition, and one of the most consistent.  He joined the Blues in 1999 and brought up his 100th Super Rugby game a decade later against the Stormers in Cape Town.  Collins retired from rugby […]

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 […]

Steve Devine

Steve Devine was an Australian-born and raised halfback who settled in New Zealand to become not only an All Black (10 tests in 2002-03), but a worthy contributor to Auckland and the Blues. He managed 70 games for the club, despite competing with All Blacks Mark Robinson and David Gibson.