Afa Fa’atau

The winger played for the Wellington Lions in 2013 and as a replacement in 2014. He also has experience playing for the Wellington Sevens and played club rugby in Ireland. Formerly from Rongotai College and St Patrick’s College, Afa Fa’atau is the cousin of Lome Fa’atau and is related to Julian Savea.

01 Mar 2017

All Blacks return to bench against Chiefs

The Blues have named an unchanged starting line-up to meet the Chiefs in Hamilton in the second round of the Investec Super Rugby competition on Friday night. However they have named six All Blacks, a Maori All Black and a New Zealand Under-20s player to comprise the reserves bench. Pukekohe’s Jimmy Tupou will again lead […]

Brandon Nansen

Brandon Nansen was an Auckland Under 16 and Under-18 representative from Sacred Heart College, who earned selection to the New Zealand Schools side that included the likes of Ardie Savea, Patrick Tuipulotu and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck. Brandon moved across the Bridge to the North Shore club and has represented North Harbour for the last three years. […]

22 Feb 2017

Ofa talks Best Foot Forward

OFA TU’UNGAFASI TALKS… The Best Foot Forward boot recycling initiative Blues prop Ofa Tu’ungafasi played rugby in bare feet for 10 years and the first boots he ever wore were a pair he shared with an older brother for an entire season. He has no doubt the Blues Best Foot Forward initiative to recycle boots […]

Bryn Hall

The North Harbour captain and former New Zealand U20 representative has become known for his strong passing game, decisiveness in open play and attacking style of rugby. He captained the St Peter’s College First XV in 2010. Hall has faced a number of injury setbacks over recent years. He broke his jaw while playing for […]

Declan O’Donnell

After staring for Hamilton Boys High School 1st XV, O’Donnell excelled in sevens post school and became a NZ Sevens star in 2010 and 2011. Signed for the Chiefs in 2012 and Highlanders in 2013, but sidelined with injury for much of next two years. He moved from Waikato to Taranaki this year where he […]

21 Feb 2017

Blues v Rebels Super Rugby Preview

Home field advantage made all the difference in previous encounters between the Blues and Rebels, but will that trend continue in the first Super Rugby clash of 2017? If history is any guide – and let’s hope it’s not, as the home side has won every encounter between these two sides – we can expect […]

Ben Lam

Lam was a latecomer to rugby, yet made up for lost time almost immediately after leaving high school. He grew up pursuing athletics at St Peter’s College, specifically the 100m (breaking 11 seconds), 200m and long jump and has used that speed and strength to dominate the wing in both Sevens and Rugby. Lam was […]

24 Feb 2017

U20 team named to face the Chiefs

The Blues have named an exciting team of young rugby talent to take on the Chiefs in an under-20s match this weekend at Manukau Rugby Club. Kicking off at 2:30pm Saturday, the game will feature the best of the region’s up-and-coming players, as the U20s look to impress Blues coaches and New Zealand Under 20 […]