Nathan Kemp

The St Peter’s College First XV graduate first gained national honours in age-group and national secondary schools rugby. Kemp was then selected for the New Zealand Maori Colts and New Zealand Barbarians, earning the hooker a spot in the Blues Development team and then the Blues squad in 2004. He then moved south to play […]

17 May 2017

BFF donates boots to Pt England School

Twenty-five Pt England School students will have rugby boots this season thanks to our Blues Best Foot Forward (BFF) programme and partner Yakult. Rene Ranger and Billy Guyton delivered the pre-loved boots to the school, which had been donated by members of the public, and cleaned, re-laced and bagged by Blues players and staff in […]

Bryce Williams

A regular starter for Auckland in the Air New Zealand Cup from 2002-2003, Bryce Williams earned the Crusaders call-up in 2003 on the back of a strong campaign for the NPC winners where he featured in eight of the side’s 10 matches. A product of the Suburbs club, Williams had also been called up to […]

Brent Thompson

Brent Thompson transferred up to the Blues in 2004 after starting his Super Rugby career with the Hurricanes in 2000. He then took up a contract with Japanese club Suntory in 2004 and returned to New Zealand in 2007. The flanker played for Taranaki throughout much of his rugby career, only transferring to Manawatu in […]

26 May 2017

Special-edition Blues/Samoa rugby balls

To commemorate the first-ever Investec Super Rugby match in Samoa, we’ve produced two limited-edition rugby balls that draw inspiration from the proud island nation, the Blues rugby region, and from some of the tattoos of our Samoan players. That’s right. Our Samoa-inspired blue supporters ball and the official match ball feature designs that are straight […]

Tasesa Lavea

Tasesa Lavea had been an age grade rep through the ages of 14, 15 and 16 and was selected in both the Auckland and New Zealand Schools sides in 1998. The following year he was picked up by rugby league scouts from the Melbourne Storm and remained with that side for two years, before playing […]

08 Jun 2017

Milestones good news for the future

The international break is a good opportunity to look back on some Blues achievements and player milestones during the 2017 Investec Super Rugby season, of which there have been many. A whopping nine players have made their Super rugby debut this season: Michael Collins, TJ Faiane, Hame Faiva, Bryn Gatland, Josh Goodhue, Stephen Perofeta, Leighton […]

24 May 2017

Strong Blues side to battle Chiefs

The Blues have named a near full-strength side for their final round-robin game at Eden Park, when they take on the Chiefs on Friday night. All Black Patrick Tuipulotu returns to the starting line-up, while Michael Collins also returns at fullback after both came off the bench for the match against the Stormers in South […]