10 May 2017

Eight Blues make NZ U20s

We’re pleased that eight Blues under-20s players have been named in the New Zealand squad for the upcoming World Rugby Under 20 Championship in Georgia, to be held from 25 May to 18 June. Those players are Adrian Choat, Ezekiel Lindenmuth, Dalton Papalii, Jacob Pierce, John (JP) Sauni, Samuel Slade, Caleb Clarke, and Tamati Tua. They […]

Iliesa Tanivula

The Fijian-born utility back came to New Zealand in 1997 to join the Auckland Development XV. He returned to Fiji a year later to play for Nadi in the regional competition, the Farebrother Sullivan Trophy, against Suva. He was then recruited to play for the Brumbies in 1999, followed by the Blues in 2000 and […]

Davin Heaps

Davin Heaps alternated between the Hurricanes and the Blues during his Super Rugby career. The Southland player came in to the Blues for one season in 2000, before returning to his first Super Rugby team the Hurricanes.  

Orene Ai’i

Orene Ai’I made his Super Rugby debut in 1999 with the Hurricanes, before transferring up to the Blues in 2000. He would play intermittently with the Auckland-based side over the next 12 years, moving to Japan to play for the Toyota Verblitz and France to play for Toulon for brief periods. Ai’i also played Sevens […]

Nick White

The Northland and Auckland prop debuted for the Blues in 1999, earning 31 caps for the side. Over the next ten years, White would move to the Crusaders, then the Highlanders and back to the Blues. At the end of 2009, White was forced to retire due to a hip replacement but stayed on in […]

Samiu Vahafolau

Samiu Vahafolau earned his first Super Rugby cap with the Blues in 1999 and alternated between the Auckland-based side and the Highlanders over the next four years. The Tongan-born number eight would then play for Japanese side, Sanyo Wilf Knights, before transferring to French clubs Biarritz and then Béziers. He debuted for Tonga in 2007, […]