The Blues will kick off the 2007 Rebel Sport Super 14 at Eden Park on 2nd February in a must-see match against the Crusaders.
The Blues draw for the 2007 Rebel Sport Super 14 was announced today, with the team playing seven home matches.
Six games will be played at Eden Park and one at North Harbour Stadium, against the Sharks on April 14.
The fifth team from South Africa, listed in the draw as SA#5, will be announced by the South African Rugby Union in due course.
As part of the Blues pre-season programme they will play the Reds on 17th January in Whangarei.
This match will be played at the end of the team's pre-season camp which will be staged in Northland.
Blues CEO, Andy Dalton, the draw for the Blues is both challenging and exciting.
The first match against the reigning champions will be a great occasion for both the Blues and their fans, said Dalton.
Over the first month of the competition the Blues will play teams that have historically done well in Super Rugby, so it is important that we prepare well in the off-season for what should be some tough and exciting games.
Blues fixtures for 2007 (All dates and times are local time)
17Jan v Reds Whangarei - Time TBC
25 Jan v Chiefs Rotorua - Time TBC
Rebel Sport Super 14
Week 1: Friday 02 February - Blues v Crusaders - Eden Park - 7.35pm
Week 2: Saturday 10 February - Brumbies v Blues - Canberra - 7.40pm
Week 3: Saturday 17 February - Hurricanes v Blues - Wellington - 7.35pm
Week 4: Saturday 24 February - Blues v Reds - Eden Park - 7.35pm
Week 5: Friday 02 March - Blues v Highlanders - Eden Park - 7.35pm
Week 6: Saturday 10 March - Blues v SA#5 - Eden Park - 7.35pm
Week 7: Bye
Week 8: Friday 23 March - Blues v Waratahs - Eden Park - 7.35pm
Week 9: Saturday 31 March - Chiefs v Blues - Hamilton - 7.35pm
Week 10: Friday 06 April - Blues v Cheetahs - Eden Park - 7.35pm
Week 11: Saturday 14 April - Blues v Sharks - North Shore Stadium - 7.35pm
Week 12: Saturday 21 April Stormers v Blues - Cape Town - 5.05pm
Week 13 Friday 27 April - Bulls v Blues - Pretoria - 7.05pm
Week 14: Saturday 05 May - Western Force v Blues - Perth - 7.05pm
11-12 May: Semi Finals
19 May: Final