Blues

Auckland Blues

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.

The club’s long finals drought was extended in 2017, with a record of 7-1-7, while superior to that of the Australian conference champion Brumbies, not good enough for finals. The Blues ended up finishing last in the New Zealand conference.

The 2018 Super Rugby draw can be found here.

Coach: Tana Umaga
Captain: Augustine Pulu
2017 finish: 5th New Zealand conference, 6th Australasian group, 9th overall
Titles: 1996, 1997, 2003

Blues 2018 Super Rugby Squad:
Leni Apisai, Matt Moulds, James Parsons, Alex Hodgman, Sione Mafileo, Pauliasi Manu, Isaac Salmon, Mike Tamoaieta, Ofa Tu’ungafasi, Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, Josh Goodhue, Scott Scrafton, Patrick Tuipulotu, Jimmy Tupou, Blake Gibson, Akira Ioane, Jerome Kaino, Dalton Papalii, Glenn Preston, Kara Pryor, Murphy Taramai, Sam Nock, Augustine Pulu, Jonathan Ruru, Otere Black/Daniel Kirkpatrick, Bryn Gatland, Stephen Perofeta, Matt Johnson, George Moala, Tamati Tua, TJ Faiane, Sonny Bill Williams, Caleb Clarke, Michael Collins, Matt Duffie, Rieko Ioane, Melani Nanai, Jordan Trainor

Last updated: 11 January, 2018

Blues Articles

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck’s manager responds to rugby switch reports

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck’s manager responds to rugby switch reports

by , 1 Feb 2018

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck’s transition from rugby league to rugby in time for the 2019 World Cup is reportedly all but complete.

2018 Super Rugby fashion review, part two

2018 Super Rugby fashion review, part two

by , 29 Dec 2017

The Sunwolves will definitely set the standard for wildness in 2018, as I outlined in part one of the fashion review, but the rest of the Super Rugby family is a bit of a mixed bag.

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.


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