31 OCTOBER 2018

Blues promote from within for 2019

With three exceptions, the Blues has looked to its own provincial unions and development programme to complete the line-up for the 2019 Investec Super Rugby Championship.

01 NOVEMBER 2018

Five players to watch

We’re not ones to play favourites, but here’s five players we think our fans will want to follow in 2019.

30 OCTOBER 2018

Tu’inukuafe’s rapid rise continues

All Blacks prop Karl Tu’inukuafe will officially graduate from the international newcomers’ class of 2018 as one of the world’s best.

17 OCTOBER 2018

New Coach Adds Important Skills

Experienced Super Rugby trainer Phil Healey has been named to join the Blues with coaches Tana Umaga, Tom Coventry and Leon Macdonald.

21 SEPTEMBER 2018

Brothers Ink Long Term Deals

New Zealand Rugby (NZR) has announced that they have secured the key signatures of All Blacks, Blues and Auckland Rugby brothers, Rieko and Akira Ioane, who have both signed long-term contracts with the national body, their Blues club and the Auckland province.

News

09 Sep 2016

The Brave Blossoms star

A version of this profile was first published in the Blues v Hurricanes match programme. Male Sa’u has played out the typical professional rugby narrative in reverse. He left New Zealand early to pursue rugby in Japan, before returning to his roots with Super Rugby. The Otara-boy developed his craft at Tangaroa College, a school […]

31 Aug 2016

It’s a mental game

There’s an old saying that sport is 10% physical and 90% mental.  You’ll be forgiven for doubting the accuracy of this quote, especially considering the physical demands on elite level rugby players. The Blues take the saying seriously and in 2015 introduced a new coach to the squad. Her name is Kylie Wilson and she’s […]

30 Aug 2016

Women in Rugby

A version of this story was first published in the Blues v Waratahs match programme. Pictured is a girls’ team from Southern Cross Campus, supplied by Southern Cross. As women’s rugby gains international prominence with the inclusion of Sevens at the Olympic Games, and our New Zealand womens’ silver medal in Rio, the profile of the […]

31 Aug 2016

Tongan kid to All Black

A version of this story was first published in the Blues v Waratahs match programme. It was 14 years before Ofa Tu’ungafasi knew who the All Blacks were. 10 years on, he became All Black #1150. Ofa was born in the village of Kanolupolu on the main island of Tonga, where most rugby boys dreamt […]

25 Aug 2016

Parsons named for second test

James Parsons only returned to the All Black environment this week, providing injury cover ahead of game two of the Bledisloe Cup, and already he’s been given a spot on the side to play Australia. The 2016 Blues captain and hooker will be on the bench alongside fellow Blues prop Charlie Faumuina, while flanker Jerome […]

18 Aug 2016

Kaino to play 70th test

Jerome Kaino is already the most capped blindside flanker in All Black history and on Saturday, when the All Blacks take on the Wallabies in the opening Bledisloe Cup match, he’ll start in his 70th test match. The All Blacks announced the squad early Thursday morning, with the team already based in Sydney ahead of […]

17 Aug 2016

Rugby inspires Lui

At the beginning of this year, Lui Te’o was following the same trajectory as most of his fellow school-leavers. The 19-year-old had enrolled in a Computer Science course at AUT in Manukau, with the hope of a career in security and programming, and his spare time was spent in the Marist clubrooms, playing lock for […]

17 Aug 2016

Getting to know Al Rogers

A version of this story was first published in the 2016 Blues v Highlanders match programme.  Like many Welshmen relishing the glory days of the 70’s, Alistair Rogers was born into a rugby-mad family. The former flanker was born in Port Talbot, Wales and spent most of his youth in Aberavon playing for the local […]

17 Aug 2016

Meet our S&C Coach

nib sat down with the Blues strength and conditioning coach Jason Price to talk about how the season went and what the S&C coaching team does to get the players ready for a gruelling 80 minutes of contact on field.  Can you run us through what your role is and what you do with the Blues please? […]

04 Aug 2016

Meet our Physio

nib has teamed up with the Blues to bring rugby fans the ‘Experience of a Lifetime’. To celebrate the competition, we sat down with the Blues physio Mark Plummer. What is your role and what do you do with the Blues? I have a nine month contract each year with the Blues. I work alongside […]

01 Aug 2016

5 Blues named for Rugby Championship

Five Blues players have been selected for the All Black squad ahead of the 2016 Investec Rugby Championship and another two have been invited to train at the All Blacks camp, as announced by NZ Rugby today.  The All Blacks selectors, Steve Hansen, Ian Foster and Grant Fox, named Charlie Faumuina, Ofa Tu’ungafasi, Patrick Tuipulotu, […]

20 Jul 2016

Blues U18 defeat Chiefs U18

After a week of skills training, rugby education and exposure to professional sport at camp, the Blues Development Under-18 players were ready to step on to the field and test out what they’d learned.  They were given the opportunity on Sunday, with two games against Chiefs Under-18 players at Onewa Domain.   Each team was […]