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

Blues vs Chiefs: Super Rugby live scores, blog

Blues vs Chiefs: Super Rugby live scores, blog

by , 26 May 2017

This opening Round 14 Super Rugby clash sees the Chiefs travelling to Auckland to play the Blues. Join The Roar from 5:35pm (AEST) for all the live action as we cover this Round 14 match from New Zealand.

Blues blow finals hopes in Stormers loss

Blues blow finals hopes in Stormers loss

by , 20 May 2017

An ill-disciplined Blues have lost 30-22 to the Stormers in Cape Town and almost certainly blown their Super Rugby finals hopes in the process.

Stormers vs Blues: Super Rugby live scores

Stormers vs Blues: Super Rugby live scores

by , 20 May 2017

The Blues face a vital challenge to win on the road and keep themselves in the mix for a finals berth when they come up against the Stormers in Round 13. Join The Roar for live scores from the match at DHL Newlands, starting from 3am AEST.

Blues vs Cheetahs: Super Rugby live scores, blog

Blues vs Cheetahs: Super Rugby live scores, blog

by , 12 May 2017

The team at the bottom of the New Zealand conference, the Blues, hosts the team sitting third in the Africa 1 conference, the Cheetahs. Join The Roar for commentary, scores and your say from 5:30pm AEST.

Super Rugby Blues continue for Waratahs

Super Rugby Blues continue for Waratahs

by , 6 May 2017

New Zealand’s worst remains a class above Australia’s best after the Blues downed the NSW Waratahs by seven points in their Super Rugby clash in Sydney.

Waratahs vs Blues: Super Rugby live scores, blog

Waratahs vs Blues: Super Rugby live scores, blog

by , 6 May 2017 Popular article!

Match result: The Blues have taken another win in this Super Rugby season, betting the Waratahs by seven points on Saturday night.

Blues bruise the Brumbies

Blues bruise the Brumbies

by , 30 Apr 2017

The Brumbies have slumped to a third successive Super Rugby loss, losing 18-12 to the Blues as they made it 15 wins in a row for New Zealand teams against Australian opposition.

Brumbies vs Blues: Super Rugby live scores, blog

Brumbies vs Blues: Super Rugby live scores, blog

by , 30 Apr 2017 Popular article!

Match result: The Brumbies have copped a six-point loss at home against the Blues.

Blues vs Hurricanes: Super Rugby live scores, blog

Blues vs Hurricanes: Super Rugby live scores, blog

by , 15 Apr 2017

Match result: The Hurricanes have come away with a close-fought win over the Blues, victorious by just four points.

Blues squander lead in loss to Highlanders

Blues squander lead in loss to Highlanders

by , 8 Apr 2017

The Highlanders have muscled their way back to beat the Blues 26-20 in a desperate Kiwi Super Rugby derby in Dunedin.


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