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2014 News

  • Blues team to face the Waratahs

    23 Apr 2014 Blues head coach Sir John Kirwan has made four changes to the starting XV for Friday night’s ANZAC day clash with the Waratahs at Eden Park (kick-off 5.35pm).
  • Blues smashed by Hurricanes

    19 Apr 2014 The Blues’ poor away form continued as they suffered a 39-20 defeat to the Hurricanes at Westpac Stadium on Friday night.
  • Noakes ready to take his opportunity

    17 Apr 2014 Reinstated first five-eighths Chris Noakes is determined to seize his opportunity when the Blues face the Hurricanes at Westpac Stadium tomorrow night in what shapes as a crucial match for both sides.
  • New names set to take the field in Super Rugby

    17 Apr 2014 When New Zealand’s five Investec Super Rugby teams run on to the field for their Round 15 matches in May, every side will feature an entire squad of new names.
  • Blues team to face Hurricanes

    16 Apr 2014 Blues head coach Sir John Kirwan has made seven changes to the starting XV for Friday night’s crunch match with the Hurricanes at Westpac Stadium.
  • Weepu back in action and raring to go

    15 Apr 2014 If Piri Weepu had his way he’d be out on the field with his Blues teammates taking on the Hurricanes on Friday night.
  • Ihaia West called into Blues squad

    14 Apr 2014 Hawke’s Bay Magpies and Maori All Blacks first five-eighths Ihaia West has been called into the Blues squad to replace the injured Baden Kerr who has been ruled out for the rest of the season.
  • ANZAC Family Offer

    14 Apr 2014 The Blues have put 1000 tickets up for grabs in a family promotion for the ANZAC day fixture against the Waratahs at Eden Park on April 25 (kick off 5.35pm)
  • Blues suffer disappointing loss to Brumbies

    05 Apr 2014 The Blues continued their disappointing run away from home, succumbing to the Brumbies 26-9 in Canberra tonight.
  • Development score six tries in 36-10 victory

    03 Apr 2014 The Blues Development team secured a comprehensive 36-10 victory over their Chiefs counterparts last night at the Silverdale Rugby Club.
  • Blues Development named for second hit out

    02 Apr 2014 Five Blues players have been named in the starting line up for the Blues Development match against the Chiefs Development this evening.
  • Kaino to captain Blues against Brumbies

    02 Apr 2014 Jerome Kaino will captain a Blues side featuring two changes to the one that defeated the Highlanders last week for Friday night’s clash with the Brumbies in Canberra.
  • Injury update: Donnelly out, Francis Saili back

    31 Mar 2014 The Blues’ locking stocks have taken another hit with veteran Tom Donnelly ruled out of Friday’s match against the Brumbies in Canberra with a calf strain.
  • Kirwan: Highlanders game the line in the sand

    31 Mar 2014 Saturday’s 30-12 victory over the Highlanders at Eden Park marked the line in the sand for Blues head coach Sir John Kirwan as he looks for his side to build on that ahead of Friday’s clash with the Brumbies in Canberra.
  • Blues put Highlanders to the sword

    30 Mar 2014 The Blues finally delivered on their exciting promise and moved to the top of the New Zealand conference with a clinical 30-12 victory over the Highlanders at Eden Park on Saturday night.
  • Nonu and Kaino to start against Highlanders

    27 Mar 2014 Ma’a Nonu, Jerome Kaino and Hayden Triggs have all been promoted from the bench to start in a strong Blues team to face the Highlanders at Eden Park on Saturday night.
  • Medical update on Piri Weepu

    27 Mar 2014 Blues halfback Piri Weepu is out of Investec Super Rugby for at least four weeks after expert diagnosis this week determined he had recently suffered a minor stroke.
  • Faumuina supporting Child Cancer Foundation

    26 Mar 2014 He's got one of the best beards going around, but Blues prop Charlie "Big Grizzly" Faumuina is going to shave it all off in support of the Child Cancer Foundation.
  • Hickey guides Blues to victory over Cheetahs

    22 Mar 2014 The Blues bounced back from consecutive defeats in South Africa to overrun the Cheetahs 40-30 in a thriller at Eden Park tonight.
  • Kaino and Nonu on the bench for Blues

    20 Mar 2014 The Blues have been bolstered by the return of World Cup winning All Blacks Jerome Kaino and Ma’a Nonu for Saturday’s match against the Cheetahs at Eden Park, with the destructive duo poised to resume their Blues careers from the reserves bench.
  • Crunch time for Blues against Cheetahs

    20 Mar 2014 The 2014 Investec Super Rugby may be just over a month old but already the Blues are entering must-win territory as they take on the Cheetahs at Eden Park on Saturday.
  • Former Blues coach Frank Oliver dies at 65

    19 Mar 2014 New Zealand Rugby and the Blues have expressed sadness following the death of former All Black Frank Oliver.
  • VIDEO: Blues visit a Lion Park in Johannesburg

    17 Mar 2014 A few of the Blues players spent their day off visiting a lion park near Johannesburg - check it out!
  • Fast finishing Blues fall short against Lions

    16 Mar 2014 The Blues scored five tries in a spectacular 25 minute spell but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Lions as they suffered a 39-36 defeat at Ellis Park.
  • Last minute victory for Blues Development

    14 Mar 2014 The Blues Development team kicked off their season with a last minute, 33-27 victory over the Chiefs Development team.
  • Marshall to start at 15 against Lions

    13 Mar 2014 Benji Marshall will make his first start for the Blues when they take on the Lions at Ellis Park on Sunday morning (kick-off 2am NZT).
  • Blues Development team named for first match

    12 Mar 2014 Blues Development coach Steve Jackson has named an experienced team for their first hit out against the Chiefs Development team at Ardmore Marist tomorrow.
  • Mealamu returns home with calf injury

    11 Mar 2014 Blues hooker Keven Mealamu will return home to New Zealand after failing to overcome a calf injury.
  • VIDEO: Bulls v Blues post-match reaction

    10 Mar 2014 Go into the changing sheds and hear from Blues head coach Sir John Kirwan, Tom Donnelly and Simon Hickey about their thoughts on the game against the Bulls.
  • Blues mauled by Bulls

    10 Mar 2014 The Blues slumped to a disappointing 38-22 defeat to the Bulls in Pretoria on Sunday morning.
  • Blues name all-All Blacks front row to face Bulls

    06 Mar 2014 The Blues have received a timely boost of front row firepower ahead of their match against the burly Bulls on Sunday morning, with veterans Keven Mealamu and Tony Woodcock set to make their first starts for the team this season.
  • Under 17s get their first taste of Blues rugby

    04 Mar 2014 42 young rugby players had their first taste of professional rugby last weekend when they took part in the 2014 Blues 17 Development Day.
  • VIDEO: The Blues travel to South Africa

    04 Mar 2014 The Blues took off from Sydney en route to Johannesburg on Sunday for a two week tour of South Africa. Check out what they got up to on the flight to the Republic
  • Retiree joins Blues squad

    04 Mar 2014 At 65, Des Easden is recently retired and spends most of his time with hammer in hand, doing DIY fix-it jobs at the Mt Albert home he shares with his wife. But retirement didn’t stop Des from donning the Blues’ jersey at Eden Park over the weekend!
  • Blues squad to tour South Africa

    03 Mar 2014 The Blues have named a 27-man squad for their two week tour of South Africa. Sir John Kirwan’s men play the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday Sunday 4.05am NZT) before taking on the Lions at Ellis Park a week later.
  • Blues hit back to defeat Crusaders

    01 Mar 2014 The Blues rediscovered their attacking mojo with a rousing 35-24 victory over traditional rivals the Crusaders at Eden Park tonight.
  • Blues ask fans to 'Join the game'

    28 Feb 2014 So from 2014 we are asking all our fans to ‘Join the game’. We’re going to be giving fans lots of ways to get involved with us, whether it’s appearing in our ads or adding their own personal image to the team poster – and much more besides.
  • Kirwan and Doorey re-commit to Blues for 2015

    27 Feb 2014 The Blues and New Zealand Rugby have re-signed Blues Head Coach Sir John Kirwan and Assistant Coach Grant Doorey for the 2015 Investec Super Rugby season.
  • Tuipulotu takes it in his stride

    27 Feb 2014 While he may not be a household name yet, Patrick Tuipulotu is without doubt a name worth remembering.
  • Q&A with Simon Hickey

    27 Feb 2014 On the eve of promising first five-eighths Simon Hickey's first game for the Blues, we caught up with him to find out how he's feeling
  • Simon Hickey to start against Crusaders

    26 Feb 2014 Promising young first five-eighths Simon Hickey will make his Super Rugby debut when he starts at 10 for the Blues against the Crusaders at Eden Park on Friday night (kick-off 7.35pm).
  • Blues Development squad announced

    26 Feb 2014 The Blues have named their 30-man training squad for the 2014 development programme.
  • Blues go down to Highlanders in season opener

    22 Feb 2014 The Blues produced a spirited second half fight back but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Highlanders as they suffered a 29-21 defeat in their season opener in Dunedin tonight.
  • VIDEO: Tu'ungafasi on his 1st start for the Blues

    21 Feb 2014 Ahead of his first start for The Blues on Saturday, prop Ofa Tu'ungafasi talks about how he's feeling and the hard work he's put in during the pre-season to reach his goal.
  • Marshall on the bench for season opener

    20 Feb 2014 High-profile recruit Benji Marshall will make his Super Rugby debut off the bench when the Blues face the Highlanders in their season opener in Dunedin on Saturday.
  • #truebluechat is back!

    18 Feb 2014 It's the first week of competition for the Blues which can mean only one thing -#truebluechat is back by popular demand tonight at 7pm!
  • Kirwan laments individual skill

    15 Feb 2014 A frustrated head coach Sir John Kirwan lamented his team’s individual skill as the Blues sunk to a disappointing 43-19 loss to the Chiefs in Rotorua on Friday.
  • Blues succumb to Chiefs in pre-season hit-out

    15 Feb 2014 The Blues suffered their third consecutive pre-season defeat, going down to back-to-back Champions the Chiefs 43-19 at Rotorua International Stadium on Friday.
  • 2014 Super Rugby media launch: go-karting

    13 Feb 2014 Blues players Keven Mealamu and Francis Saili took on the other New Zealand franchises in a go-kart race to mark the start of the Super Rugby season
  • Strong Blues team named to face Chiefs

    12 Feb 2014 Charlie Faumuina, Steven Luatua and Piri Weepu have been named in a strong Blues team to face the Chiefs in their final pre-season hit-out in Rotorua on Friday
  • Nikoro returns from injury with confidence

    11 Feb 2014 If Albert Nikoro hadn’t been a high achiever in the classroom, he may never have found his way onto the rugby field.
  • Bryn Hall primed for 2014 Super Rugby season

    10 Feb 2014 After a frustrating debut season last year, Blues halfback Bryn Hall is primed and ready to make the most of his opportunities in 2014.
  • Meet the Blues this Sunday!

    10 Feb 2014 One of the most popular fan and family events of the Blues season is happening this Sunday: the Meet the Blues open day at QBE Stadium.
  • Blues go down to Tahs in pre-season hit-out

    08 Feb 2014 The Blues suffered a 33-12 defeat to the Waratahs last night in a frenetic and error-prone pre-season outing at Allianz Stadium.
  • All Blacks return to face Waratahs

    05 Feb 2014 A trio of All Blacks have been named in the Blues team to take on the Waratahs in a pre-season trial in Sydney on Friday night (kick-off 9.30pm NZT).
  • Hayden Triggs called into Blues squad

    04 Feb 2014 Former Maori All Black lock Hayden Triggs has been called into the Blues squad to replace Culum Retallick.
  • Marshall pleased with first hit-out for Blues

    03 Feb 2014 Benji Marshall made an impressive start to his Blues career on Saturday, playing 40 minutes against the Hurricanes in a pre-season trial. We caught up with Marshall to find out how he enjoyed his first game of union in over 10 years
  • KFC announces Super Rugby sponsorship

    03 Feb 2014 KFC today announced its sponsorship of the five New Zealand Super Rugby teams in this year’s Investec Super Rugby competition, which kicks off on February 15.
  • Kirwan gives Blues tick of approval despite loss

    02 Feb 2014 Blues head coach Sir John Kirwan gave his side and new recruit Benji Marshall a big tick of approval following their pre-season hit-out against the Hurricanes in Masterton on Saturday.
  • Late try sinks Blues in Masterton

    01 Feb 2014 A late try to lock James Broadhurst snatched a 38-35 victory for the Hurricanes over the Blues in an encouraging first pre-season hit-out in Masterton today.
  • Q&A with Benji Marshall

    31 Jan 2014 On the eve of Benji Marshall's first game for the Blues, we caught up with him to find out how he's handling the nerves, adapting to rugby union and what his expectations are for the game against the Hurricanes.
  • Benji Marshall to start at 10 for the Blues

    30 Jan 2014 Star recruit Benji Marshall has been handed the number 10 jersey for the Blues’ opening pre-season match against the Hurricanes in Masterton on Saturday.
  • nib backs the Blues

    30 Jan 2014 Two days out from their first pre-season match of the year, the Blues 2014 season is shaping up well both on and off the field following the announcement of a major sponsorship deal with nib today.
  • Nonu motivated to perform for the Blues

    29 Jan 2014 Ma’a Nonu re-joined the Blues squad yesterday along with the rest of the All Blacks, and while an injury will delay his return to the field, he’s excited about being back at the franchise.
  • Blues fan photoshoot competition!

    28 Jan 2014 Calling our most passionate Blues fans! We’re looking for a few fans to feature in our billboard campaigns and press ads for the upcoming season.
  • Doorey excited by wealth of backline talent

    17 Jan 2014 The excitement in Grant Doorey’s voice is palpable. On a scorching hot day on Waiheke Island, the Blues assistant coach looked on as the backs ran through their attacking strike moves.
  • Statement from Steven Luatua and the Blues

    14 Jan 2014 Blues and All Blacks loose forward Steven Luatua has issued an apology after his appearance in a video posted on social media.
  • Faumuina back early and ready to rip in

    14 Jan 2014 He’s not due back at Blues HQ for another two weeks, but All Black prop Charlie Faumuina can’t stay away and has joined the team early to rip into pre-season training.
  • Blues on the lookout for new lock

    14 Jan 2014 The Blues are on the hunt for a new lock after experienced campaigner Culum Retallick was ruled out for the season with a knee injury.
  • VIDEO: Sir Graham Henry pleased with first week

    13 Jan 2014 The Blues are just one week into training in 2014 but Sir Graham Henry is already impressed by what he’s seen from a number of new faces to the team.
  • VIDEO: Placemakers challenge at Unitec

    09 Jan 2014 Which Blues player is the best with a hammer and a saw? Find out as the team took part in the PlaceMakers challenge at Unitec last month, building a stool and picnic table!
  • VIDEO: The Blues training at Ludus Magnus

    07 Jan 2014 Before the Christmas break the Blues headed along to Ludus Magnus gym for one of their toughest training sessions yet.
  • Tony Hanks appointed high performance manager

    07 Jan 2014 The Blues have appointed Tony Hanks as high performance manager. Hanks boasts an extensive coaching résumé that includes roles with the Auckland Rugby Union, Junior All Blacks, Waikato, the Chiefs, London Wasps and the Russian national side.


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# June 11, 2012 - 11:28pm
@Wales 2001-2002: Exactly, that was a dream team for any coach. Blues 1996, 1997 would have won with no coach with that awesome lineup. They pretty much were the 1995 WC team. A team who made it to the finals and just lost, many say because they were food poisoned. many say that team was the greatest ever all black team assembled. I agree. Poor laurie mains should have been given a second chance. Now in the new millenium, rugby leagues popularity in auckland has skyrocketed. We no longer are the force we once were, with players of all ages flocking to league, mt smart stadiums warriors home games regularly outselling the blues despite the warriors having a worse losing record most years. People watching australian NRL and state of origin now. Aussies. I know people who can name every single player in the eels. panthers, queensland side or NSW but would struggle to name 4 or 5 blues players. It never used to be like this. No other franchise would stand a chance against auckland if leagues popularity here wasn't sapping so much rugby talent.

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# June 11, 2012 - 11:34pm
@Senior: Plenty of fantasy rugby coaches on this website with thier own strategies and methadologies. If I had a dollar for every internet nigel nobody & armchair critic who thought they could coach better than the real deal I would be a very rich man. Even the plant waterer in our office regularly gives his opinions, selections and strategy play by plays on how he thinks we could improve our winning chances. Truth is that any team missing 10 or more of its first pick players is gonna struggle. Last years champion reds team, too many injuries early on and now no chance of making a semi. @cOACH CANT WIN WITH THE ONE EYED CRITICS ..well put. yours is one of many intelligent statements made on this board in my absence.