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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).

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Blues Articles

[VIDEO] Crusaders vs Blues highlights: Super Rugby scores

[VIDEO] Crusaders vs Blues highlights: Super Rugby scores

by , 25 Apr 2015 Video

The Crusaders and Blues face off on Anzac Day evening at AMI Stadium in Christchurch. Join The Roar for live scores from 5:35pm (AEST).

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

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

by , 10 Apr 2015 Popular article!

Match Result Well and truly a game of two halves. The Blues opened up a 13-0 half time lead only to see that lead evaporate in the 73rd minute when Lealiifano gave the Brumbies a lead for the first time all game.

Brumbies wary of battling Blues

by , 8 Apr 2015

They’re winless and coming stone last, but the Brumbies know there’s good reason to be wary of the Blues in Friday night’s Super Rugby clash.

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

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

by , 4 Apr 2015

Hello and welcome to live coverage of this New Zealand derby match as neighbours the Blues and Chiefs clash at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 5:35pm (AEDT).

Kirwan’s on his way out, but who’d coach the Blues?

Kirwan’s on his way out, but who’d coach the Blues?

by , 2 Apr 2015

Looking at the Blues’ record and prospects for the rest of this Super Rugby season is a grim exercise.

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

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

by , 28 Mar 2015 Popular article!

Good evening and welcome to tonight’s live coverage of this Round 7 clash with the Waratahs hosting the Blues from Allianz Stadium in Sydney. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 7:40pm AEDT.

Sleeping Waratahs awake looking ominous

Sleeping Waratahs awake looking ominous

by , 28 Mar 2015

The Waratahs face the Blues at Allianz Stadium looking to build on their bruising 28-13 defeat of the Brumbies in the Round 6 local derby.

Waratahs wary of winless Blues

by , 27 Mar 2015

The NSW Waratahs are once bitten, twice wary as they brace themselves for an attacking backlash from the unpredictable Blues in Saturday night’s Super Rugby clash at Allianz Stadium.

Sir John Kirwan is a great man, but he’s a terrible coach

Sir John Kirwan is a great man, but he’s a terrible coach

by , 14 Mar 2015

It is very common for former players to enter the coaching box once they retire. Some of them are successful, while others are not; unfortunately Sir John Kirwan falls in the latter category.

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

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

by , 13 Mar 2015 Popular article! Video

Match Result It was a thoroughly entertaining affair and the Canes get the bonus point out of the win but at times it looked like they were going to win by so much more, the backs from each side were superb and Savea again managed to get involved and he bagged himself two tries. The […]


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