12 May 2017

Eden Park try fest

The Blues ran in eight tries to thump a feisty Cheetahs side 50-32 at Eden Park tonight, banking a crucial bonus point in the process. It wasn’t always pretty – the team will rue some handling errors and a lack of cohesion during much of the first half – but sometimes it absolutely was, with plenty […]

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 […]

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 […]

Craig Newby

Craig Newby made his Super 12 debut for the Blues in 2001, but only had four starts in his seven appearances, and was more comfortable with the greater opportunities he received in the Highlanders when he first went there as a draft player in 2002. After a season in England in 2002-03 with Newcastle he […]

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 […]

Matua Parkinson

Matua Parkinson joined the Blues in 2001, a year after making his Super Rugby debut for the Hurricanes. The openside flanker had previously been playing rugby league in Australia for the Canterbury Bulldogs reserve-grade side and for the New Zealand Sevens rugby squad, which he made upon his return to rugby at the end of […]

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 […]

James Arlidge

James Arlidge made a big impression after joining the Blues as an injury replacement for Carlos Spencer in 2001, scoring 18 points against the Cats on debut. Arlidge was a fine goal kicker who played just two seasons for the Blues from 2001-02 before shifting south to play for the Highlanders. After a single season in […]

Kees Meeuws

After a five-year stint with the Highlanders, Aucklander Kees Meeuws returned home in 2002 to play three seasons with the Blues. Meeuws played 42 tests for the All Blacks between 1998 and 2004, scoring 10 test tries. In 2004, Meeuws left New Zealand to take up a contract with French club Castres Olympique. After He […]