Mathew Luamanu

A raw and powerful number 8, Mathew Luamanu had a superb season with North Harbour in 2011 and was rewarded with his first Super Rugby contract. A product of St Patricks College Silverstream, Luamanu played representative rugby for Wellington from Under-16 through to the Under-21 level and represented New Zealand Schools and New Zealand Under-20s. […]

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 […]

Toby Morland

Toby Morland first made his Super Rugby debut for the Highlanders in 2004 and racked up 23 caps before being drafted to the Chiefs in 2009 where he appeared in the final against the Bulls. The halfback joined the Blues for one season in 2011. The 27-year-old then shifted to Ireland on a short term […]

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 […]

Sherwin Stowers

New Zealand Sevens gold-medallist Sherwin Stowers turned down the Chiefs and Highlanders to come home and join the Blues for the 2011 Investec Super Rugby competition.  The De La Salle College graduate came through Auckland Rugby Union’s Pro Sport education programme and High Performance Academy before joining Counties-Manukau in 2008. Stowers also represented New Zealand […]

29 Nov 2017

VIDEO: RIEKO IOANE 2017 HIGHLIGHTS

Rieko Ioane has been awarded Breakthrough Player of Year at the 2017 World Rugby Awards held in Monaco. World Rugby Video: Awards Reaction  

Jared Payne

An elusive fullback who played for the New Zealand Under-21 and Schools Sevens teams, Jared Payne was one of eight new players to join the Blues squad for the 2011 Investec Super Rugby competition. Payne first played representative rugby for Waikato and made his made his Super Rugby debut in 2007 with the Chiefs before […]

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 […]

Michael Reid

The former North Harbour captain made 48 appearances for North Harbour and one for the Blues, before injury forced an early retirement at age 25. Ruptured tendons were deemed irreparable, even after four seasons or rehabilitation and surgery. Fortunately, the prop had a Bachelor of Commerce degree to utilise after leaving professional sport.

Filo Paulo

Initially named in the Blues Wider Training Group in 2010, Filo Paulo was thrust into the full squad to replace the injured Ali Williams and performed admirably, playing 12 games in his debut season. An extremely physical player and a strong lineout jumper, Paulo played his first season of provincial rugby in 2011 for North […]