05 Jul 2017

Q&A with Patrick Tuipulotu

Ferocious on the field and a gentleman off it, big lock Patrick Tuipulotu prefers to let his actions on the paddock do the talking for him. Nevertheless, we managed to lure in the 12-test All Black with promises of fresh meatloaf if he answered these questions for us… What’s your favourite meal? Meatloaf with mashed […]

Nick Williams

A young Nick Williams made such an impact in his debut season for North Harbour’s NPC team with his rampaging runs, that his Blues selection was inevitable. Williams went on to establish himself as a key player in the Blues’ number eight jersey, racking up 37 caps in his four years with the franchise. At […]

09 Aug 2017

Leading from the front: Jimmy Tupou

When Jimmy Tupou lead the Blues onto the field in his first ever game for the club – our round one clash against the Rebels in Melbourne – he joined Zinzan Brooke as the only other player to captain the team on debut. “That was only because James and Jerome were unavailable for that first […]

Taufa’ao Filise

Powerful prop Taufa’ao Filise grew up in Tonga and went to Tupou College in Nuku’alofa. In 2000, he joined Bay of Plenty and was signed by the Blues for one season in 2005. In 2007, Taufa’ao joined former Blues captain Xavier Rush at the Cardiff Blues. Filise also made 29 appearances for Tonga and was […]

26 Jul 2017

Saying goodbye to Charlie Faumuina

At last night’s Blues Awards we bid farewell to the gentle giant with fast feet, a big heart, and an even bigger smile. That’s right. After a remarkable nine Super Rugby seasons with us, Charlie Faumuina leaves the Blues as the sixth most-capped player in our history, and joins an esteemed group of legendary players […]

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 […]

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 […]

09 Jun 2017

Blues in All Blacks squads

We’re delighted to report that the following Blues players have been named in the All Blacks and Maori All Blacks squads for the DHL New Zealand Lions Series. Maori All Blacks Leighton Price Kara Pryor Ihaia West Declan O’Donnell Akira Ioane (also in the All Blacks as injury cover) Congratulations also to Auckland prop Marcel […]

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 […]