Auckland Blues

Last updated: 22 November, 2016

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.

Blues Articles

Blues better Bulls 38-14

Blues better Bulls 38-14

by , 25 Mar 2017

A dominant second half from the Blues earned them a bonus point and a much-needed win after a rough few weeks against New Zealand opposition.

Blues vs Bulls: Super Rugby live scores, blog

Blues vs Bulls: Super Rugby live scores, blog

by , 25 Mar 2017 Popular article!

Match result: A dominant second half from the Blues earned them a bonus point and a much-needed win after a rough few weeks against New Zealand opposition.

Blues pack ready to step up: Umaga

Blues pack ready to step up: Umaga

by , 24 Mar 2017

Coach Tana Umaga says the Blues are well aware what they’ll be up against when they meet a combative Bulls outfit in Auckland.

Crusaders vs Blues: Super Rugby live scores, blog

Crusaders vs Blues: Super Rugby live scores, blog

by , 17 Mar 2017 Popular article!

The Blues travel to Christchurch to play the Crusaders in this Round 4 match from New Zealand. Join The Roar from 5:35pm (AEDT) for all the action.

Highlights: Highlanders beat the Blues 16-12

Highlights: Highlanders beat the Blues 16-12

by , 11 Mar 2017

It wasn’t a classic this evening but it was dramatic and keenly fought between these two great rivals, the Highlanders coming away with a four-point win over the Blues.

Blues vs Highlanders: Super Rugby live scores, blog

Blues vs Highlanders: Super Rugby live scores, blog

by , 11 Mar 2017

Match result: It wasn’t a classic this evening but it was dramatic and keenly fought between these two great rivals, the Highlanders coming away with a four-point win over the Blues.

Chiefs vs Blues highlights: Super Rugby live scores, blog

Chiefs vs Blues highlights: Super Rugby live scores, blog

by , 3 Mar 2017 Popular article!

The Chiefs have won their last 10 matches against the Blues and at home will be favoured to extend that winning streak. Can the Blues end the drought and repeat their outstanding Round 1 display? Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 5:35pm AEDT.

Come on Quade, dominate Super Rugby like we know you can

Come on Quade, dominate Super Rugby like we know you can

by , 24 Feb 2017

Well folks, if you didn’t enjoy watching the Blues demolish the Rebels last night I can only assume you either one, don’t actually like rugby much, two, you have a strong bias against Auckland, or three, you are a diehard Rebels supporter.

Rebels left to sing the Blues after 38-point loss in Super Rugby opener

Rebels left to sing the Blues after 38-point loss in Super Rugby opener

by , 23 Feb 2017

The Blues have drawn first blood in 2017 Super Rugby, prevailing over a prematurely undermanned Rebels side in Melbourne, 56-18.

Rebels vs Blues highlights: Super Rugby live scores, blog

Rebels vs Blues highlights: Super Rugby live scores, blog

by , 23 Feb 2017 Popular article!

Match result: The Blues have drawn first blood in 2017 Super Rugby, prevailing over a prematurely undermanned Rebels side in Melbourne, 56-18.


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