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

The Wrap: Andy Ellis delights his nana, Blues and Force delight no-one

The Wrap: Andy Ellis delights his nana, Blues and Force delight no-one

by , 23 May 2016

The enduring image from Round 13 of Super Rugby was that of a beaming Andy Ellis, interviewed shortly after his 150th appearance for the Crusaders, in their 29-10 win over the Waratahs in Christchurch.

Highlights: Blues deny Force consecutive Super wins

by , 21 May 2016

The Western Force gave it everything but didn’t have the polish to finish as the Blues held on for a 17-13 Super Rugby win on Saturday night at nib Stadium.

Force vs Blues highlights: Blues end Australian drought

Force vs Blues highlights: Blues end Australian drought

by , 21 May 2016 Popular article!

Match result: In a close affair the Blues have taken out a win on Australian soil, leaving the Force still winless at home in this 2016 Super Rugby season.

Rested Force won’t fear anyone

by , 20 May 2016

It might be wet and wild, but Western Force coach Michael Foley is urging his team to maintain its no-fear approach in Saturday night’s Super Rugby clash with the Blues at nib Stadium.

Listless Blues crash to thumping loss

by , 15 May 2016

The Blues’ Super Rugby season has suffered a serious setback with 43-5 loss to the Lions in soggy Johannesburg.

Lions vs Blues highlights: Lions smash Blues 43-5

Lions vs Blues highlights: Lions smash Blues 43-5

by , 15 May 2016

Match result: The Lions have handed a rugby lesson to the Blues, trouncing them after going up 19-0 inside 11 minutes. That set the tone for the match and the Blues were never in it.

Blues’ Bekhuis out of Lions Super match

by , 13 May 2016

Blues lock Josh Bekhuis will miss his first game of the Super Rugby season after failing to get over a calf injury.

Highlights: Blues beat Kings 34-18

by , 8 May 2016

The Southern Kings have suffered an eighth defeat of the Super Rugby season as two tries from Melani Nanai helped the Blues to a 34-18 victory.

Kings vs Blues highlights: Blues win in a scrap

Kings vs Blues highlights: Blues win in a scrap

by , 8 May 2016

Match result: Great effort from both teams, just in some cases, a lack of execution. The Blues triumph in a scrappy game in South Africa.

Blues target set piece against Kings

by , 5 May 2016

The Blues want to ramp up their set piece against the Southern Kings as they try to snap a long Super Rugby drought away from home.


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