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 […]

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 […]

15 Mar 2017

Brightly coloured laces to promote diversity

You might notice something a little bit different in our game against the Crusaders on Friday night, as players from both sides look to celebrate difference and send a message of inclusivity on and off the rugby field. New Zealand Super Rugby teams have swapped laces with members of their local communities to wear in […]

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.

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. […]