15 Mar 2017

Blues v Crusaders Super Rugby Preview

In 29 matches between the two most successful New Zealand sides in Super Rugby history, the victories are split 18 to 11 in favour of the Crusaders, including one grand final victory apiece (the Crusaders in 1998, and Blues in 2003). However, since 2013 it’s been all one-way traffic as the Crusaders marched to a […]

Tony Woodcock

As a Blues centurion and the most capped All Black prop, Tony’s experience and professionalism was worth its weight in gold. He was renowned as a relentless scrummager and real leader in the team.  He earned 149 Super Rugby caps, including 12 caps with the Highlanders.  At the end of 2015, Tony announced he would be retiring from rugby after the 2015 World […]

17 Feb 2017

Impressive Blues beat Chiefs at home

A thoroughly impressive Blues side capped off its pre-season in the best possible way tonight, beating the Chiefs 26-14 at our training ground in Alexandra Park. The soggy pitch couldn’t dampen the fiery encounter, which was played at home base after the earlier closure of Shadbolt Park at Suburbs Rugby Club forced the sudden relocation […]

Josh Bekhuis

New to the Blues in 2015, Josh brought a wealth of second row experience. He’s been in the Super Rugby game since 2009, starting with 82 caps for his hometown club the Highlanders. Josh was born and raised in Invercargill, learning the game with Southland Boys’ High School First XV, before starting his tenure with […]

16 Mar 2017

Blues A in action this weekend

Talented first five-eighth Stephen Perofeta is set to start for the Blues A team this weekend against the Chiefs. He’s one of four NZ U20s representatives in the team, alongside Jordan Trainor, Hapakuki Moala-Liava’a, and Sam Nock, who will captain the side. They’ll play alongside Rene Ranger who will gain valuable game time on the […]

Joseph Edwards

Edwards made his Blues debut in 2015 against the Rebels and plays both flanker and number 8 for Auckland Rugby. He captained the St Kentigern College First XV and was a member of the New Zealand Under 20 team in 2013. Following on from this, Edwards gained further international honours in 2015 with selection for […]

Afa Fa’atau

The winger played for the Wellington Lions in 2013 and as a replacement in 2014. He also has experience playing for the Wellington Sevens and played club rugby in Ireland. Formerly from Rongotai College and St Patrick’s College, Afa Fa’atau is the cousin of Lome Fa’atau and is related to Julian Savea.

15 Mar 2017

Three changes for Crusaders clash

The Blues have made three changes and one positional change to their team to take on the Crusaders in Christchurch on Friday. Up front, Gerard Cowley-Tuioti comes back in as the starting lock after starting in the first two games, and will partner All Black Patrick Tuipulotu in the second row. Jimmy Tupou will move […]

Brandon Nansen

Brandon Nansen was an Auckland Under 16 and Under-18 representative from Sacred Heart College, who earned selection to the New Zealand Schools side that included the likes of Ardie Savea, Patrick Tuipulotu and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck. Brandon moved across the Bridge to the North Shore club and has represented North Harbour for the last three years. […]