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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).

The full 2015 Super Rugby draw can be found here.

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Blues Articles

[VIDEO] Cheetahs vs Blues highlighs: 2015 Super Rugby live scores, blog

[VIDEO] Cheetahs vs Blues highlighs: 2015 Super Rugby live scores, blog

by , 28 Feb 2015 Video

The Cheetahs host the Blues from Free State Stadium in Blomfontein. Join us for live coverage from 4.10am (AEST). An exciting contest lies in wait for us today as both of these teams like to play with the ball in hand and both have the talent out wide to do it. The Cheetahs had the […]

[VIDEO] Stormers vs Blues highlights: 2015 Super Rugby live scores, blog

[VIDEO] Stormers vs Blues highlights: 2015 Super Rugby live scores, blog

by , 22 Feb 2015

Good morning Roarers and welcome to the first of the South African double header this Sunday morning as the Stormers host the Blues from Newlands in Capetown. You can follow live scores and coverage of this match from 2:05am (AEDT). Both teams arrive for this game after vastly different first-round performances. THE LATEST SUPER RUGBY […]

Chiefs hold on, beat Blues in Super Rugby

by , 15 Feb 2015

Sonny Bill Williams inspired the Chiefs, one of the pre-tournament favourites, to open their Super Rugby campaign by holding off a late charge by the Blues for a 23-18 win on Saturday night in Auckland. The Chiefs made a flying start as they profited from opposition mistakes to score the game’s two tries, with Williams […]

[VIDEO] Blues vs Chiefs highlights: 2015 Super Rugby scores, blog

[VIDEO] Blues vs Chiefs highlights: 2015 Super Rugby scores, blog

by , 14 Feb 2015 Popular article!

Good evening and thanks for tuning in here on The Roar for the first New Zealand derby of Super Rugby 2015 as the Blues host the Chiefs live from QBE Stadium on Auckland’s North Shore from 5:35pm (AEDT). Both teams have incredibly talented and exciting backlines and with two evenly matched forward packs tonight’s clash […]

Chiefs game one of Blues’ biggest: Kirwan

by , 13 Feb 2015

It’s only week one in Super Rugby but the Blues say their first game is one of the biggest of the season. The Blues are trying to shake off their underachiever tag and they start their season on Saturday against the Chiefs, Super Rugby winners in two of the past three years. With the team […]

New Zealand 2015 Super Rugby preview Part II: Highlanders and Blues

New Zealand 2015 Super Rugby preview Part II: Highlanders and Blues

by , 5 Jan 2015

Here is the second instalment of my preview of the New Zealand sides in the 2015 Super Rugby season. After looking at the Crusaders and Hurricanes yesterday, today will focus on the Blues and the Highlanders. The Highlanders’ success last year came as quite a surprise. After a dreadful 2013 campaign and shedding many of […]

Chiefs secure Super Rugby playoff spot

by , 12 Jul 2014

The Chiefs kept their Super Rugby title defence alive as they slithered to an 11-8 win on Friday over the Blues in Auckland. Eighth on the table overall, and fourth in the congested New Zealand conference going into the match, the Chiefs held on in horrendous conditions for the crucial win to secure their spot […]

Blues vs Chiefs: Super Rugby live scores, blog

Blues vs Chiefs: Super Rugby live scores, blog

by , 11 Jul 2014 Popular article!

There’s a Super Rugby finals spot on the line for the Chiefs this evening as they take on the Blues in what promises to be an absolute belter in Auckland. Join us on The Roar from 5:30pm AEST for live scores and commentary. There’s plenty at stake in this round of Super Rugby finals. We […]

Blue wall crumbles, Queensland win Origin 32-8

by , 10 Jul 2014

The “blue wall” finally crumbled as Queensland showed their true colours, avoiding their first whitewash since 2000 by claiming a rousing 32-8 State of Origin Game III win on Wednesday night at Suncorp Stadium. NSW initially showed how they had earned their nickname from Queensland coach and inaugural Maroon Mal Meninga, who rated them one […]

Queensland skipper says no regrets over Origin

by , 10 Jul 2014

Queensland skipper Cameron Smith says he has no regrets over this year’s State of Origin series, despite the Maroons putting in their best performance with the shield already heading to NSW. Smith’s men put on a display to remember as they ran in five tries to one to secure a 32-6 win over the Blues […]

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