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 […]

Saimone Taumoepeau

Saimone Taumoepeau turned his Auckland NPC jersey into an All Blacks jersey in just a few months and was the sole member of the 2004 end of year All Blacks squad to have played no Rebel Sport Super 12 rugby. Taumoepeau became known as one of the more mobile props in Super 14. His support […]

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 […]

Craig McGrath

Craig McGrath captained the Blues’ Development team before making the squad in 2004, earning three caps for the side. He was selected to play for the New Zealand Maori that same year, after first making the side in 1999. He was then recruited to play for Coventry RUFC in England, followed by a sting with […]

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 […]

Billy Fulton

Billy Fulton gained representative honours with the New Zealand Under-19, the NZ Maori and the NZ Maori Colts while living in New Zealand. He was also selected for one season with the Blues in 2004, making four appearances. Prior to the Blues, Fulton played for the Highlanders and the Crusaders. The halfback was then recruited […]

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 […]

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 […]