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

NSW firebrand Klemmer loves to be hated

by , 2 Jul 2015

David Klemmer has been appointed as Public Enemy No.1 in Queensland in the lead up to State of Origin III, and according to his NSW teammates that is just the way he likes it.

Ennis expected to join NSW in camp

by , 2 Jul 2015

Cronulla hooker Michael Ennis is expected to fly to Coffs Harbour and join the NSW camp on Thursday morning after failing in a bid to overturn a high tackle charge at the NRL judiciary on Wednesday night.

Ennis Origin record a worry for Blues

by , 2 Jul 2015

Here’s another reason for NSW fans to play for a miracle recovery for Robbie Farah from his hand injury, Michael Ennis’ poor State of Origin record.

Tana Umaga named Blues new head coach

by , 23 Jun 2015

Former All Blacks captain Tana Umaga has replaced Sir John Kirwan as head coach of the Blues.

NSW Origin preparations in disarray

by , 22 Jun 2015

NSW coach Laurie Daley’s preparations for the State of Origin decider have been thrown into disarray with two players facing sanctions over separate incidents on Saturday.

Kirwan resigns as Blues coach

Kirwan resigns as Blues coach

by , 19 Jun 2015

Sir John Kirwan has resigned as coach of the Blues’ Super Rugby team after overseeing their worst-ever season.

NSW forwards driving each other: Klemmer

by , 18 Jun 2015

Niggle was the buzzword of State of Origin II, but the pre-match focus of NSW’s forwards was camaraderie instead of callousness.

Origin winner ‘Hodko’ no NRL certainty

by , 18 Jun 2015

Trent Hodkinson has conceded he is no certainty of returning to the Canterbury side despite steering NSW to their State of Origin II win.

Daley’s Origin ‘duds’ can only get better

by , 18 Jun 2015

Laurie Daley rounded on NSW’s critics after their win in State of Origin II as the Blues again move to adopt a siege mentality ahead of the series decider.

Meninga, Smith back Cherry-Evans

by , 17 Jun 2015

Queensland coach Mal Meninga and captain Cameron Smith have defended the performance of halfback Daly Cherry-Evans after NSW levelled the State of Origin series at one-game all with a stirring 26-18 victory in Melbourne.


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