5 DECEMBER 2018

Replacements assemble for preseason

With the Maori All Black and All Black players assembling late following their respective tours plus, a number of players coming into the preseason with injuries, opportunity is created for an extended group of players.

30 NOVEMBER

Rise Up and join us as a Blues Club member for 2019

Blues fans – it’s time to Rise Up! Memberships for the 2019 Investec Super Season are available now and we’d love you to join us.

15 NOVEMBER 2018

MacDonald to lead re-structured coaching team

Leon MacDonald has today been appointed as the new head coach on a three-year term while retaining the attack portfolio alongside Tom Coventry as the forwards coach and Daniel Halangahu as the skills and back coach. Tana Umaga will take up a two-year contract as an Assistant Coach responsible for defence.

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.

News

06 Feb 2018

Spencer joins Blues for Brisbane 10s

All Blacks Akira Ioane and George Moala join guest star Carlos Spencer in the Blues team to contest the Brisbane Global 10s tournament this Friday and Saturday. The 22-strong squad, announced today by coach Tana Umaga, also includes teenage talent Caleb Clarke, who returns after playing for the All Blacks Sevens team in the World […]

01 Feb 2018

Squad named for pre-season vs Chiefs

The Blues have named an extended 36-strong squad to meet the Chiefs in their first pre-season match at Te Kuiti on Friday. The Super Rugby neighbours are regular combatants in pre-season although it is the first time the two sides have ventured to Te Kuiti, as a mark of respect for the great Sir Colin […]

06 Feb 2018

Introducing our nib 11th Man

The new year is off to flying start for one young fan. In January, our principal partner nib offered Blues fans 6-18 years old the chance to be the 11th Man on our squad for the Brisbane Global Rugby Tens. We’re thrilled to announce Lynfield College Year 10 student, Tyler Quigley-Biggs is the winner and […]

14 Dec 2017

Blues to Play at Mahurangi

The Blues will play the Hurricanes at Mahurangi Rugby Club on Thursday 15 February, with both teams embarking on their Super Rugby season the following week. The match sponsored by Westie Pies, will be hosted by North Harbour Rugby Union and the Mahurangi Rugby Club. Both teams are expected to incorporate a number of All […]

13 Feb 2018

Blues at Strength for Mahurangi Game

We welcome back our All Blacks for Thursday’s final pre-season match against the Hurricanes ahead of the start of the Investec Super Rugby Championship. The match sponsored by Westie Pies, will be hosted by Mahurangi Rugby Club and North Harbour Rugby Union at the Mahurangi Rugby Club, Warkworth A&P Showgrounds starting at 4pm. The game will […]

08 Dec 2017

It’s a Tight Five For 2degrees

2degrees will be the exclusive telecommunications partner for all five New Zealand teams competing in the Investec Super Rugby competition from February 2018. 2degrees CEO Stewart Sherriff says the sponsorship is a positive reflection of the company’s national capability. “This is a significant sponsorship for 2degrees, we think it’s a great metaphor for our growing […]

07 Dec 2017

Draw Places Blues in Pool A

Brisbane Global Rugby Tens Pool A features this year’s surprise package the Panasonic Wild Knights from Japan’s Top League alongside the Melbourne Rebels, Queensland Reds and Blues. That draw sets up a fitting rematch between the Blues and Reds following their 17-17 draw at this year’s inaugural tournament. Blues Head Coach, Tana Umaga, said “We’re […]

01 Dec 2017

Pulu Leads Blues for 2018

Halfback Augustine Pulu will captain the Blues in the 2018 Investec Super Rugby Championships. Coach Tana Umaga said Pulu, along with previous captains Jerome Kaino and James Parsons, form part of the senior leadership group. “Both James and Jerome are sidelined for some time from surgeries and I wanted our captain to take the reins […]

29 Nov 2017

Rieko Ioane Awarded World Rugby Breakthrough Player of the Year

Rieko Ioane has been awarded Breakthrough Player of Year at the 2017 World Rugby Awards held in Monaco. Ioane was also a nominee for the Player of the Year award which was given to All Blacks and Hurricanes player Beauden Barrett. The fast and strapping midfield back or wing signed for the Blues for 2016 […]

29 Nov 2017

Blues Train Future Prospects

Last Saturday, our Elite Apprenticeship group came together at Blues HQ. This group included leading players from our Under 18 and Under 20 squads. Our NZ U20 training squad members, who had a mental skills session earlier in the week, were joined by their younger counterparts to share valuable experiences and assist with building individual […]

20 Nov 2017

Blues U17 Squad Announced for 2018

Image: 2017 Blues Under 17 Development Squad training at Alexandra Park, Auckland. We’re pleased to announce the under 17 players who have been identified as players with future potential and selected for the 2018 Blues Under 17 Development Squad. Blues High Performance Manager Tony Hanks led a team of talent identification staff from Northland, North […]

14 Nov 2017

BNZ Gives #BluesBFF The Thumbs Up

The Blues’ ‘Best Foot Forward’ boot recycling initiative launched earlier this year is being given a kick along by BNZ. The bank has become a major partner of the community programme to collect pre-loved boots for re-distribution to worthy recipients at clubs and schools in the Blues’ region. BNZ stores will become the main collection […]