Sean Fitzpatrick

Sean Fitzpatrick, the hooker and Sacred Heart College old boy caught the eye of national selectors while with the powerhouse Auckland Rugby side in the 80s.  He was deputy captain behind Andy Dalton at the inaugural Rugby World Cup in 1987 and helped the side earn the title at Eden Park. Fitzpatrick was awarded the captaincy […]

Troy Flavell

Troy Flavell might have become one of the game’s greats such was his immense talent and athleticism as either a lock or blindside flanker. Injuries and ill-discipline hamstrung Flavell, but he was able to improve his performance enough to play in Japan in 2004 and then again in New Zealand in 2006. He briefly regained an All Black […]

Rico Gear

The specialist right wing established himself as a player to watch for a number of provincial sides as well as the All Blacks, earning 19 caps for the latter. He also won a Commonwealth Games gold medal in 1998 with the New Zealand Sevens side, as well as a number of World Cup Sevens medals. […]

01 Mar 2017

Meet the team at Blues in the ‘burbs

Blues in the ‘burbs is back and better than ever in 2017, offering fans a chance to meet and mingle with their favourite players. That’s right. Every week during the month of March, the team will be hitting local rugby clubs across Auckland to sign autographs, pose for selfies, and run rugby skills and drills […]

Doug Howlett

Doug Howlett became one of the Blues’ most consistent performers even though his Super 12 career started as a draft player with the Highlanders (1997) and Hurricanes (1998). A fast and accomplished wing, Howlett was a prolific try-scorer for New Zealand and the Blues. In 97 games for the club he scored 55 tries, including four against the Hurricanes in 2002.

24 Mar 2017

Three Bulls to watch out for this Saturday

Due to the quirks of the Investec Super Rugby conference system, we haven’t faced the Bulls for almost two years. A lot has changed since that hard-fought 23-18 victory over them at Eden Park, so we’ve cast a critical eye over the South African side’s talent pool and picked three of their players to watch […]

Michael Jones

Michael Jones, another of Auckland’s most legendary players who, like Brooke and Fitzpatrick, was a veteran when the Super 12 started. The great loose forward managed 36 matches in 1996-99. He was captain in 1998 and will be remembered for his intercept try in the 1998 final that clinched victory against the Brumbies.  In 1986 Jones made his […]