Auckland Blues

Auckland Blues

Having formed in 1996 the Blues met immediate success in Super Rugby’s earliest format, winning two consecutive titles in its first two years of Super 12 competition. While the Auckland-based franchise boasts the greatest catchment area for a New Zealand side, and despite winning three championships, there exists a common conception that the side underperforms most years. In 2014 the side did little to remove this stereotype finishing 10th despite boast 11 All Blacks.

The Blues won their third Super Rugby crown in 2003, defeating the Canterbury Crusaders 27-21 in the grand final. Since the introduction of the Super 14 format the Blues’ performances, however, have been unspectacular, making only one finals appearance since the new format began in 2006. A reinvigorated Blues outfit finished second in the New Zealand conference in 2011, on the back of some dominant performances from an experienced forward pack that contained All Blacks stars Kevin Mealamu, Tony Woodcock and Luke McAlister.

The change to Super Rugby in 2011 has also seen similar results, despite the side boasting a number of internationals, finishing 12th, 10th and 10th in the last three years.

Known for their attacking flair and long-range tries the blues – like many of the New Zealand franchises – play a running-dominated game, with skilled and athletic forwards. Amongst the most exciting players in the Blues line up are flanker Jerome Kaino and fullback Charles Piutau.

The side is captained by Luke Braid and coached by Sir John Kirwin. Current All Black centurion Kevin Mealamu remains the most capped Blues player (150), and mercurial fly-half Carlos Spencer is the franchises highest point scorer (608).

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Blues Articles

Blues vs Waratahs highlights: Waratahs lose but hold on to a slim finals chance

Blues vs Waratahs highlights: Waratahs lose but hold on to a slim finals chance

by , 15 Jul 2016 Popular article!

The final round of Super Rugby in 2016 kicks off in Auckland, as the desperate Waratahs take on the Blues, who have lost their shot at the finals. Catch all the action from 5:35pm (AEST) on The Roar.

Blues search for Super Rugby consistency, right to the end

by , 14 Jul 2016

The Blues’ search for consistency will come up against the Waratahs’ desperation when the Super Rugby regular season enters its final round.

Brumbies hopeful Fardy will play Force

by , 13 Jul 2016

The Brumbies are hopeful Wallabies back-rower Scott Fardy will be fit to take on the Western Force in their final regular-season Super Rugby match on Saturday in Canberra.

Blues vs Brumbies highlights: Brumbies suffer crucial loss to the Blues

Blues vs Brumbies highlights: Brumbies suffer crucial loss to the Blues

by , 8 Jul 2016 Popular article!

This early Friday night game sees the Blues playing the Brumbies at Eden Park in Auckland. Join The Roar from 5:35pm (AEST) for all the live action.

The talking points: Super Rugby Round 16

The talking points: Super Rugby Round 16

by , 8 Jul 2016

Now we’re getting serious. Two rounds of the Super Rugby season left to run, and still plenty of permutations left to play out before the finalists can be finally confirmed and their finishing order decided.

Highlights: Hurricanes see off staunch Blues challenge

by , 2 Jul 2016

The Hurricanes’ big men came to the rescue in a 37-27 win over the Blues in Wellington which keeps them in the hunt for Super Rugby’s top qualifying spot.

Hurricanes vs Blues highlights: Hurricanes overcome half time deficit

Hurricanes vs Blues highlights: Hurricanes overcome half time deficit

by , 2 Jul 2016

Match result: The Hurricanes took an important win over the Blues on Saturday, victorious by 10 points at Westpac Stadium in Wellington.

The talking points: Super Rugby Round 15

The talking points: Super Rugby Round 15

by , 1 Jul 2016

Yes, we’re back. After a month off, Super Rugby is here, refreshed and ready to reignite on the run home to the playoffs.

BY THE CLOCK: Key moments in Origin Game 1

BY THE CLOCK: Key moments in Origin Game 1

by , 2 Jun 2016

It was another tough, uncompromising Origin encounter between New South Wales and Queensland with the Maroons clinching a two-point win.

Sonny Bill sticking with rugby until 2019, headed to Blues

Sonny Bill sticking with rugby until 2019, headed to Blues

by , 1 Jun 2016

In a coup for New Zealand’s bottom-placed Super Rugby side, the Blues have announced the signing of dual international Sonny Bill Williams through until the end of 2019.


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