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] Blues vs Hurricanes Highlights: Super Rugby scores, blog

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

by , 23 May 2015 Video

Match result: FULLTIME – BLUES 5 HURRICANES 29 A scrappy start to begin, both sides struggled with their execution in the poor conditions before the Hurricanes finally settled, playing with patience and composure to wear the Blues down through astute kicking and forward pressure while the Blues had no answers to the machine. The Blues […]

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

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

by , 15 May 2015

Match result: FULLTIME – BLUES 23 have defeated the BULLS 18

Kirwan and Blackadder show yesterday’s heroes won’t bring Super Rugby success

Kirwan and Blackadder show yesterday’s heroes won’t bring Super Rugby success

by , 13 May 2015

What defines a successful team? It’s the question that has stumped clubs, franchises and nations for as long as sport has existed. How can one achieve success within a team when the path to success is forever changing? The answer is very simple.

Sir John’s got the Blues, but does he deserve to keep them?

by , 12 May 2015

Over the past three seasons there has been a lot of commentary from Sir John Kirwan about improvements at the Blues within their high-performance structures, work ethic, selection and recruitment policies at lower age levels, and team culture.

[Highlights] Rebels’ charge to the finals continues with record win over Blues

by , 8 May 2015

The Melbourne Rebels have set a new club record as they surged to their sixth win of the Super Rugby season with a 42-22 victory over the Blues at AAMI Park.

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

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

by , 8 May 2015 Popular article!

Match Result: The Rebels were on fire against the Blues in Round 13 scoring five tries in a bonus point win.

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

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

by , 2 May 2015

The Blues host the Western Force at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday afternoon. Join The Roar for live scores and updates from 3:30pm (AEST).

[VIDEO] Crusaders vs Blues highlights: Super Rugby scores

[VIDEO] Crusaders vs Blues highlights: Super Rugby scores

by , 25 Apr 2015

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.


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