Tony Monaghan

Tony Monaghan played three caps for the Blues, but was widely recognised as a Northland stalwart and one of the most reliable All Black Sevens players. He earned Player of the Wellington World Series Sevens Tournament in 2000 and was recognised for strong, consistent play throughout his Sevens and Rugby career. After his rugby career, […]

31 May 2017

Understanding concussion

The Blues and New Zealand Rugby go to great lengths to tackle the problem of concussion in our game head on – but what is a concussion and what are its symptoms? The most common type of head injury in sport, a concussion can occur when a player receives an impact to the head or […]

Joe Veitayaki

Joe Veitayaki played for the Blues in 1999, earning two caps after a year-long stint with the Chiefs in 1996. The Fijian-born prop became a stalwart for his national side, playing 49 caps between 1994 and 2003 as well as playing in the 1999 and 2003 Rugby World Cups.  

Keith Lowen

While Keith Lowen began his Super Rugby career with the Blues, earning five caps for the team in 1999, he’s most remembered for his contribution to the Chiefs from 2000 to 2005. Lowen played second five-eighth for Bay of Plenty and then Waikato in the NPC and he earned one cap for the All Blacks […]

31 May 2017

Meet some of the women on the team…

With the team away during the international rugby window and Super Rugby on pause, we thought we’d take this opportunity to shine a light on a trio of women within the Blues organisation who keep the team performing at their absolute peak – on and off the field. Kylie Wilson, Mental Skills Coach One of […]

Finau Maka

Finau Maka made 13 appearances for the Blues over two seasons – 1999 to 2000. He began his Super Rugby career with the Hurricanes and finished with the Highlanders in 2001, before moving overseas to play for French club Toulouse. The Tongan international earned eight caps for his country of birth and played in the […]

20 May 2017

Stormers too strong in Cape Town

The Blues’ hopes of securing a play-off spot in the hyper-competitive New Zealand conference suffered a brutal set-back in Cape Town this morning (NZ time), going down 30-22 to the Stormers. Referee Jaco van Heerden ruled the match with an iron fist, and as a result both teams traded yellow cards early – winger Matt Duffie received […]

Tony Coughlan

Tony Coughlan began his first-class career with North Harbour in 1998, earning a spot in the 1999 Blues line-up. He then transferred down to the Hurricanes in 2000, earning 15 appearances for the Wellington-based side. After a four-year career in Super Rugby, Coughlan moved to the UK to play for Ilkey. He returned in 2006 […]