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 […]

Joe Rokocoko

Joe Rokocoko was a player whose attacking qualities are without question.   He had a disappointing season by his own high standards in 2009 and missed out on the All Blacks’ end of season tour to Europe.  But he showed remarkable determination to hit back in 2010, upping his workrate to become the top try scorer for the Blues and reestablishing himself […]

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, […]

Xavier Rush

Xavier Rush was another stalwart Auckland representative who became an All Black and yet gave some of his best playing deeds to Auckland and the Blues. At first a No 8 understudy to Zinzan Brooke and Michael Jones, Rush established himself with the Blues in 1998. For both province (74 games) and club (86 games) he was a splendid leader, winning the Ranfurly Shield, the NPC […]

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 […]

Carlos Spencer

Carlos Spencer was unchallenged as the Blues’ most enthralling entertainer with his skill at first five-eighth. He became universally known as “King Carlos” and will be remembered for the outrageous way he taunted Crusaders’ fans – in 2004 at Christchurch he deliberately ran to the corner rather than the posts to score, but still landed the conversion from the sideline to deny […]

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 […]

Isaia Toeava

Isaia Toeava made a sensational entry into top class rugby as a teenager in 2005 to win a place on the All Blacks’ end of year tour. His versatility has been almost as great as that of Nacewa and he, too, has filled with equal facility for the Blues and Auckland a range of backline positions.  Despite injuries, he continued […]

15 Mar 2017

Blues v Crusaders Super Rugby Preview

In 29 matches between the two most successful New Zealand sides in Super Rugby history, the victories are split 18 to 11 in favour of the Crusaders, including one grand final victory apiece (the Crusaders in 1998, and Blues in 2003). However, since 2013 it’s been all one-way traffic as the Crusaders marched to a […]

Ofisa Tonu’u

Ofisa Tonu’u was top value as a strongly built halfback in the first three seasons of the Super 12, before departing the Blues (34 matches) in the draft to the Hurricanes in 1999. His biggest legacy to Auckland may have been in 1995 when with the game moving to professionalism he led many of the union’s best […]