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 coached by All Black legend Tana Umaga. All Black centurion Kevin Mealamu remains the most capped Blues player (150), and mercurial fly-half Carlos Spencer is the franchise’s highest point scorer (608).

The full 2017 Super Rugby draw can be found here.

Blues 2017 Super Rugby Squad:
Michael Collins, Matt Duffie, TJ Faiane, Billy Guyton, Rieko Ioane, Matt Vaega, George Moala, Melani Nanai, Sam Nock, Declan O’Donnell, Stephen Perofeta, Augustine Pulu, Rene Ranger, Jordon Trainor, Ihaia West, Sonny Bill Williams, Piers Francis, Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, Epalahame Faiva, Charlie Faumuina, Blake Gibson, Josh Goodhue, Alex Hodgman, Akira Ioane, Jerome Kaino, Steven Luatua, Sione Mafileo, Pauliasi Manu, Matt Moulds, Brandon Nansen, James Parsons, Sam Prattley, Kara Pryor, Scott Scrafton, Murphy Taramai, Patrick Tuipulotu, Jimmy Tupou, Ofa Tu’ungafasi.

Last updated: 22 November, 2016

Blues Articles

Initial impressions: The Blues

Initial impressions: The Blues

by , 20 Nov 2017

How the mighty have fallen. In 1996, the inaugural season of Super Rugby, the Blues won the final 45-21 against the Sharks at Eden Park. Every member of the starting XV was or became an international.

Sunwolves humiliate Blues

Sunwolves humiliate Blues

by , 15 Jul 2017

The Blues have melted in the Tokyo heat, going down 48-21 to an unfancied Sunwolves outfit in their Super Rugby dead rubber in Japan.

Chiefs vs Brumbies highlights: Super Rugby live scores, blog

Chiefs vs Brumbies highlights: Super Rugby live scores, blog

by , 15 Jul 2017 Video

Match result: The Chiefs as expected have secured a comfortable win over a Brumbies team that had its focus entirely on next week’s home final.

Sunwolves vs Blues: Super Rugby live scores

Sunwolves vs Blues: Super Rugby live scores

by , 15 Jul 2017

Match result: The Blues have melted in the Tokyo heat, going down 48-21 to an unfancied Sunwolves outfit in their Super Rugby dead rubber in Japan.

Gatland makes a point but needs his team to make many more

Gatland makes a point but needs his team to make many more

by , 9 Jun 2017

Poor old Warren Gatland. Just can’t take a trick can he?

Lions lose first game on their 2017 tour

Lions lose first game on their 2017 tour

by , 9 Jun 2017

The British and Irish Lions have lost their first match of the 2017 tour, falling to the Blues in Auckland’s Eden Park. The Blues won the game 22-16, scoring three tries to the Lions’ sole effort.

Super Rugby Round 16 (part one), plus one curly international question

Super Rugby Round 16 (part one), plus one curly international question

by , 8 Jun 2017

It’s a real mixed grill we’re serving up for you this week, Roarers. An entrée of Super Rugby, an appetiser of our sure things, and the main course – the return of the big question for the June Internationals kicking off this weekend.

The High Five: Blues vs British and Irish Lions

The High Five: Blues vs British and Irish Lions

by , 8 Jun 2017 Video

The second match of the British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand has been played and in front of 40,000 at Eden Park in Auckland the Blues have run out victors to secure a famous victory by 22 points to 16 in a hard fought and entertaining encounter.

Lions tangled up in Blue after Auckland encounter

Lions tangled up in Blue after Auckland encounter

by , 8 Jun 2017

Not chaos rugby – Blues rugby.

Highlights: Blues better British and Irish Lions 22-16

Highlights: Blues better British and Irish Lions 22-16

by , 7 Jun 2017 Video

The Blues have added some shine to their disappointing 2017 season by becoming the first New Zealand Super Rugby franchise to defeat the British and Irish Lions by 22 points to 16 at Eden Park, and have given their fans something to cheer about in front of 40,000 in Auckland.


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