Jimmy Gopperth joined the Blues in 2009 after four years with Wellington and the Hurricanes. Jimmy was known as an accomplished first five-eighths and quality goalkicker. He captained North Harbour in the 2008 Air New Zealand Cup, and his leadership skills were an invaluable asset to the Blues. He and Tasesa Lavea jostled for the […]
11 Aug 2017
Former New Zealand Under-20 captain and Maori All Black hooker Leni Apisai will play for the Blues in the Investec Super Rugby competition until 2019. The 21-year-old, who will play for Wellington in the Mitre 10 Cup, has been a member of the Hurricanes since 2016. Apisai played for the New Zealand Schools in 2013, […]
The Northland flanker made his professional debut with Auckland in 2008, before moving to Northland in 2010 for the national provincial competition. He made five appearances for the Blues, before moving to Japan to play for the NEC Green Rockets and then to Italy to represent Benetton Rugby Treviso.
Paul Williams was an exciting fullback whose straight running and solid defence earned him a regular starting spot in the Blues XV in 2009. With Rene Ranger, Joe Rokocoko, Isaia Toeava and Rudi Wulf occupying the wing/fullback duties in 2010, Williams saw little game time for the Blues but did impress in his regular cameos […]
25 Aug 2017
22 Sep 2017
Saturday 23 September Marist Old Boys Rugby Club. Mt Wellington War Memorial Reserve, 20-50 Dunkirk Road, Panmure.
Before his season was cut short through injury, Chris Lowrey received the Blues’ Rookie of the Year award in 2009. Further illness and injury, coupled with Viliami Ma’afu establishing himself as the first choice number 8, curtailed Chris’ progress with the Blues in 2010 but he rediscovered his form in 2011, stepping up in the […]
09 Aug 2017
If you’ve been to a Blues game in the last five seasons, then the chances are very good that you’ve seen – or indeed heard – the Blues Supporters 4 Life group supporting our team from the lower east stand at Eden Park. “It just started out as a good way to share my love […]
Strongman Bronson Murray was an experienced campaigner with 63 caps for Northland when he made his debut and played his only season for the Blues in 2008. In 2009 he moved south to play for the Crusaders, and then joined the Highlanders for the 2011 Investec Super Rugby competition. The Taniwha stalwart switched to tighthead […]
Crowd favourite David Smith was initially drafted into the Hurricanes squad in 2007 after lighting up the Air New Zealand Cup with Auckland in 2006, scoring six tries in eleven appearances in his debut season. The speedster returned home to make his debut for the Blues in 2008 and made five appearances, but he signed […]