11 Mar 2017

Blues fall agonisingly short

The Blues came agonisingly close to winning at Eden Park tonight, eventually losing 12-16 to a desperate Highlanders side looking for its first victory of the season. They made the visitors earn it, forcing them to make 40 more tackles. The home side fought tooth-and-nail right up until the bitter end, hammering repeatedly at the […]

Jack Ram

Jack Ram has a number of representative teams to his name. The openside flanker was born in Australia and moved to Tonga when he was three, making him eligible to represent the Pacific Island in Sevens and rugby. Ram earned seven caps for the Tonga Sevens between 2009 and 2015, helping his side make history […]

09 Mar 2017

All Blacks return to starting line-up

The Blues have named six All Blacks who will make their first start of the Investec Super Rugby season to play the Highlanders at Eden Park on Saturday. Co-Captains James Parsons and Jerome Kaino are named in the pack that also sees a start for prop Charlie Faumuina and lock Patrick Tuipulotu. There’s a further […]

Male Sa’u

Male Sa’u played for Counties Manukau for the first Air New Zealand Cup in 2006 and played 18 times for his province. He also earned selection for NZ Under-19 and Under-20 national teams. For the 2008-2009 season, Sa’u joined Yamaha Jubilo team and has played in Japan since, with now over 50 games there. Sa’u qualified […]

15 Mar 2017

Photos: Blues Club Q&A Evening

Blues Club members got a rare opportunity last week to quiz Head Coach Tana Umaga about everything from pre-game meals to which player has the worst taste in music. He was just one of the panellists at the exclusive evening hosted at our High Performance Centre, alongside Chief Executive Michael Redman, High Performance Manager Tony […]

Matt Vaega

Outstanding and consistent form for the championship-winning North Harbour side, has earned Matt Vaega his third year with the Blues. Young midfield back selected for Wider Training Group in 2015, and in as an injury-replacement in 2016, playing five games for the Blues over the two seasons. He played for NZ Schools in 2012 and […]

Ihaia West

The Hawkes Bay native attended Napier Boys’ High School where he first found the sport. He was selected for NZ Under 20 team in 2012 and was one of the Hawkes Bay Magpies’ stars in 2013, the same year that he was selected for the Maori All Blacks tour of North America. His performance during […]

09 Mar 2017

Blues v Highlanders Super Rugby Preview

Since the start of Super Rugby, the Blues and Highlanders have faced off in competition 27 times, with the wins split 16 to 11 in favour of our boys in blue. Most recently, in round one last year, the Blues beat the Highlanders 33-31 in a highly entertaining encounter at Eden Park. The lead changed […]

Lolagi Visinia

Lolagi Visinia has been turning heads with his pace and mature kicking game ever since high school. The Kelston Boys’ High School graduate started out with his school’s First XV, where he made the NZ Secondary Schools squad and helped the team to a national top four position in 2011. Soon after, Visinia was recruited […]