06 Jun 2017

Blues v British & Irish Lions Preview

History will be made on Wednesday night when our Blues face the combined might of the British & Irish Lions for the very first time. The DHL NZ Lions Series 2017 kicked off in Whangarei on Saturday night with a 13-7 win for the tourists over a New Zealand Barbarians side featuring Blues players Bryn […]

Vula Maimuri

Formerly a forestry worker from the Awanui club – one of the northern-most in New Zealand – Vula Maimuri did a superb job for the Highlanders in his debut Super 12 season in 2001 before joining the Blues from 2002-2003. He played 5 tests for Fiji and also played for the New Zealand Barbarians during their win over the […]

31 May 2017

Q&A with nutritionist Dave Shaw

Team nutritionist Dave Shaw fuels the team for success on the footy field. We asked him about his role at the Blues, the benefits of a healthy diet, and what a promising young athlete should be doing to lift their performance to the next level. Tell us a bit about your role at the Blues […]

Matt Lord

Matt Lord began his professional rugby career with North Harbour, winning the 2001 Players Player of the Year for the team. He was called in to the Blues in 2002 before moving to England the same year to take up a contract with the Northampton Saints. He played there until 2009, making 154 appearances. 

02 Jun 2017

The history of British & Irish Lions tours to NZ

In rugby, there’s nothing quite like the British & Irish Lions – the history, the pageantry, the combined might of four top-tier rugby nations. You’d be forgiven for not remembering the first British Lions team to tour NZ, because you wouldn’t have been alive in 1904. They managed to beat a combined team from Canterbury/West […]

Hayden Reid

Hayden Reid was another great New Zealand Sevens player who made a brief appearance in the Blues jersey. Reid played utility back for the national sevens side between 2001 and 2003 and again from 2005 to 2006. He then moved to Italy to play club rugby for four years at the end of his playing […]

Derren Witcombe

Hooker  Derren  Witcombe  was a surprise choice for the Blues in 2002 after just one season of provincial rugby for Northland, but he went on to cement his place in the squad and played five seasons for the club. He missed the 2005 season due to a serious neck injury whilst playing for Auckland against […]

Christian Califano

The first French international to grace the Super Rugby competition, Christian Califano made his Test debut for France in Christchurch in 1994 in the same match that began the international career of Jonah Lomu. The versatile campaigner, who was equally at home on either side of the scrum, was named in France’s Team of the […]