13 Jul 2017

Blues v Sunwolves Super Rugby Preview

Our Blues will look to finish the season off with a bang when they face the Sunwolves in Tokyo for the very first time in the club’s history. The Sunwolves are zero from four against Kiwi teams this season, suffering big losses against the Hurricanes (83-17), Crusaders (50-3), and Highlanders (40-15), before coming remarkably close […]

Junior Poluleuligaga

Halfback Junior Poluleuligaga began his career with North Harbour and in 2006 was selected in the Blues squad. In 2007 he played for Samoa in the Pacific Nations Cup, and later that year in the Rugby World Cup in France. He spent a short time with French Club RC Toulon, then Harlequins in Europe. In 2009 […]

29 Jun 2017

Blues take lessons from volunteering

An exercise earlier this year, introduced the Blues to 16 different charitable organisations across Auckland. In teams of 8 or more, players were tasked with visiting a diverse short list of organisations to learn about the work they do in our community. Each team was then challenged to select just one organisation to re-visit for […]

31 May 2017

Our Samoan connection

It’s no coincidence that we’ve chosen to bring the first-ever Investec Super Rugby match to Samoa, considering our long and proud kinship with the rugby-mad country. As well as the Blues region being home to around 150,000 Samoans, we currently have 15 players in our team with Samoan heritage, along with our head coach Tana […]

Tim Dow

A very mobile player for a hooker, Dow’s selection in the Blues in 2006 came after yet another good season for Northland in the NPC. Dow had a knack of scoring tries, and learned much from training alongside Keven Mealamu and being coached by former international hooker and Blues coach at the time, David Nucifora.

Vili Waqaseduadua

The New Zealand Sevens representative had the ability to scythe through the narrowest of gaps, but with Doug Howlett, Joe Rokocoko, Rudi Wulf and Anthony Tuitavake all ahead of him in the pecking order at the Blues, Waqaseduadua had limited opportunities to show his worth. In 2007 the Highlanders recruited him, and in 2008 the Chiefs picked […]

26 May 2017

Tense draw in the rain

The Blues and Chiefs played out a tense, nail-biting draw in the rain at Eden Park tonight, eventually tying the match 16-16. Both sides traded penalties early. Damian McKenzie got his side’s first points, before Piers Francis returned in kind, a few minutes later. They were the only points in the first 30 minutes of […]

Anthony Tuitavake

After a season with the Highlanders in 2005, Tuitavake joined the Blues in 2006 and went on to establish himself as a standout performer over his five years in a Blues jersey. His rich form in 2008 was rewarded when the All Black selectors picked him to debut against Ireland. Tuitavake then went on to […]

Kurtis Haiu

2009 was a pivotal year for Kurtis Haiu who came of age as one of New Zealand’s commanding lineout jumpers. With fellow lock Ali Williams ruled out for the entire 2010 campaign because of injury, Haui stepped up another gear to lead by example at the lineout. But for such a large, imposing forward, his […]