A former Otago and Highlanders representative, Auckland-born Chris Smylie returned to North Harbour for the 2008 Air New Zealand Cup and played his third season for the Blues in 2011 after making his debut in 2009. Smylie made his New Zealand Maori debut in 2006 and is a former recipient of the NPC Division One […]
02 Nov 2017
Three-time Super Rugby title winner Carlos Spencer will play for the Blues at the Brisbane Global Rugby Tens at Suncorp Stadium in February. Described by some as one of the most precocious talents to grace a rugby field, Spencer played 96 games for the Blues between 1996 and 2005, and was instrumental in the club […]
Peter was a key part of the Blues’ much-vaunted back row, noted for his great work between 2009 and 2015. His younger brother Francis also joined him at the Blues.
01 Nov 2017
The Blues have secured some exciting new additions to boost a settled core of proven performers for their 2018 Investec Super Rugby Championship campaign. Ten current or former All Blacks are joined by some impressive 2017 Blues players to form the nucleus of the side for 2018. The Blues have also rewarded a number of […]
An accomplished second five-eighths, Jamie Helleur played nine games for the Blues in his debut season in 2009. He then moved overseas to play rugby in Portugal before returning to bolster the midfield stocks for Auckland in the 2010 ITM Cup. Helleur also debuted for Samoa in 2010 and previously represented NZ Universities.
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 […]
24 Jan 2018
Nearly 50 Future Blues returned to the Blues High Performance Centre for their second camp day on 19 January. In December, the 49 players from Northland, North Harbour and Auckland attended a one-day camp, along with their parents. While the focus of the first day pre-Christmas, was on the off-field components of professional rugby, the […]
24 Oct 2017
Outstanding form in Super Rugby and the Mitre-10 Cup has been rewarded with Matt Duffie selected for the All Blacks’ Northern Tour to England, France, Wales and Scotland. Duffie is one of six Blues players selected and the only new cap among the outside backs named for the Tour. The 27 year old, who has […]
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.
12 Oct 2017
Former Hawkes Bay and current Otago halfback Jonathan Ruru will join the Blues for the 2018 Investec Super Rugby season. Ruru will join current halfbacks Augustine Pulu and Sam Nock in the Blues squad. The Hawkes Bay player moved to Otago last year where he has become a regular fixture in their Mitre 10 Cup […]