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

Highlights: Rebels defence costly in loss to Blues

by , 30 Apr 2016 Video

Melbourne returned to their bad old ways on Saturday, with flimsy defence handing the Blues a 36-30 win in their Super Rugby clash in Auckland.

Blues vs Rebels highlights: Blues hold off Rebels in a high scoring affair

Blues vs Rebels highlights: Blues hold off Rebels in a high scoring affair

by , 30 Apr 2016 Video

This early Saturday game sees the Rebels playing the Blues from Eden Park in Auckland. Join The Roar from 3:15pm (AEST) for all live scores and commentary on the action.

Blues target critical Super Rugby stretch

by , 29 Apr 2016

Coach Tana Umaga sees the next five weeks as critical in determining how the Blues’ Super Rugby season will pan out.

Rene Ranger out for Super Rugby season

by , 18 Apr 2016

Blues centre Rene Ranger’s season is over after he suffered a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in Saturday’s win over the Sharks.

Highlights: Blues sink Sharks at Eden Park

by , 16 Apr 2016

Some individual brilliance from winger Rieko Ioane has helped the Blues to a come-from-behind 23-18 win over the Sharks at Eden Park.

Blues vs Sharks highlights: Blues get over the line by 5

Blues vs Sharks highlights: Blues get over the line by 5

by , 16 Apr 2016

Match result: The Blues took a five-point win over the Sharks at Eden Park with a late try from Rieko Ioane and accurate kicking to follow from Ihaia West sealing the come-from-behind victory.

Latimer set for Blues Super Rugby debut

by , 15 Apr 2016

Super Rugby centurion and former All Black Tanerau Latimer is in the frame to make his Blues debut on Saturday night.

Highlights: Chiefs edge past Blues in Super Rugby

by , 9 Apr 2016

Competition leaders the Chiefs have held off a determined challenge by Super Rugby neighbours the Blues, a late try by lock Brodie Retallick helping to secure a 29-23 win.

Chiefs vs Blues highlights: Super Rugby live scores, blog

Chiefs vs Blues highlights: Super Rugby live scores, blog

by , 8 Apr 2016 Popular article!

Round 7 of Super Rugby opens in Hamilton when the Chiefs host the Blues. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage of this northern New Zealand derby from 5:35pm (AEST).

Blues vs Jaguares highlights: Blues down Jaguares 24-16

Blues vs Jaguares highlights: Blues down Jaguares 24-16

by , 2 Apr 2016

Match result: The Blues took an eight-point win over the Jaguares on Saturday, condemning the new franchise to a fourth consecutive loss.


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