Jason Spice

Jason Spice was a national age-grade representative in cricket before switching his focus to rugby, making the Blues squad as halfback in 1998. Spice then transferred to the Hurricanes, where he played for the next four years. Like many talented young rugby players, Spice took an international offer from Welsh club Ospreys in 2004 before […]

10 May 2017

BFF donates boots to Otahuhu Rugby Club

We delivered some pre-loved rugby boots off to Otahuhu Rugby Club as part of our Best Foot Forward initiative, and then Jimmy Tupou and Patrick Tuipulotu stuck around for some skills and drills afterwards. Best Foot Forward is a programme to gift recycled boots to youngsters who might otherwise miss out on playing rugby. With […]

Shane Howarth

The fullback and St Peter’s College, Auckland, graduate initially signed with Auckland rugby in 1990, playing 62 caps for the team over the next five years. It was while with Auckland that Howarth earned his first All Blacks cap in 1994. When Super Rugby was launched in 1996, Howarth made the career move to League […]

04 May 2017

Blues v Waratahs Super Rugby Preview

Both sides go into this match on the back of wins the week before. Our team beat the Brumbies – the top-ranked Australian side – by 12-18 in Canberra on Sunday night, and now turn their attention to the second-ranked Waratahs, who overcame the Reds last week 26-29. Though the margin was slim, the Blues […]

Leo Lafaiali’i

The Samoan born lock played for his national team from 2001 to 2007, earning 27 caps in the process and playing in two Rugby World Cup tournaments. Leo Lafaiali’i started his Super Rugby career with the Blues, playing for his NZ home region from 1997 to 2001 with just one year-long stint at the Chiefs. […]

15 Apr 2017

Hurricane heartbreak at Eden Park

The Blues looked to have scored a remarkable upset victory over the high-flying Hurricanes at Eden Park tonight, until a piece of Beauden Barrett magic and a well-timed brace by Mark Abbott proved their undoing. When the Hurricanes lock scored after just three minutes of play, it looked as though the home-town fans would be […]

Jim Coe

Jim Coe is widely recognised as one of the greatest players to don an NPC jersey, playing lock for Counties Manukau from 1986 onwards. He came into the Blues’ squad in 1997, earning three caps. Coe also played for the New Zealand Maori. 

Andrew Roose

The hooker played understudy to Blues captain Sean Fitzpatrick. While he made the 1996 squad, Roose didn’t take to the field until 1997 and started only once during the season. Roose’s Super Rugby involvement was preceded by eight years of provincial rugby, first with Otago and then with Counties Manukau. In 1999, Roose moved to […]