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 […]

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. 

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]