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

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! Video

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

Big season for the Blues starts in Melbourne tonight

Big season for the Blues starts in Melbourne tonight

by , 23 Feb 2017

The 31st Super Rugby competition kicks off tonight, with the mighty Blues from Auckland off to Melbourne to face the Rebels.

Reds to head to Samoa for Super clash with Blues

Reds to head to Samoa for Super clash with Blues

by , 31 Jan 2017

Another Super Rugby game is being taken to the Pacific Islands, with the Auckland-based Blues to face the Queensland Reds in Samoa in June.

Moala growth clear to see, says Blues head

by , 14 Aug 2016

Blues centre George Moala has added leadership skills to his repertoire of pace, strength and hard running, according to teammate Jerome Kaino.

Blues vs Waratahs highlights: Waratahs lose but hold on to a slim finals chance

Blues vs Waratahs highlights: Waratahs lose but hold on to a slim finals chance

by , 15 Jul 2016 Popular article!

The final round of Super Rugby in 2016 kicks off in Auckland, as the desperate Waratahs take on the Blues, who have lost their shot at the finals. Catch all the action from 5:35pm (AEST) on The Roar.

Blues search for Super Rugby consistency, right to the end

by , 14 Jul 2016

The Blues’ search for consistency will come up against the Waratahs’ desperation when the Super Rugby regular season enters its final round.

Brumbies hopeful Fardy will play Force

by , 13 Jul 2016

The Brumbies are hopeful Wallabies back-rower Scott Fardy will be fit to take on the Western Force in their final regular-season Super Rugby match on Saturday in Canberra.

Blues vs Brumbies highlights: Brumbies suffer crucial loss to the Blues

Blues vs Brumbies highlights: Brumbies suffer crucial loss to the Blues

by , 8 Jul 2016 Popular article!

This early Friday night game sees the Blues playing the Brumbies at Eden Park in Auckland. Join The Roar from 5:35pm (AEST) for all the live action.


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