Team doctor Stephen Kara enters his sixth season with the Blues in 2013, having joined the franchise in 2008.
A registered medical practitioner, Stephen graduated from Auckland Medical School in 1989, specialising as a Sports Team Doctor (Diploma in Sports Medicine) and in General Practice (Fellowship from NZ Royal College of General Practitioners).
Stephen has a wealth of experience in team medicine which includes holding positions with the New Zealand Secondary Schools Rugby team (1997), Medical Officer to NZ Hockey (1995-99), Counties-Manukau and Auckland NPC doctor as well as the team doctor for the NZ Maori Rugby team in their Centenary tour against Ireland and England in 2010.
Stephen is a member of Sports Medicine NZ and an Associate Member of the Australasian College of Sports Physicians. He is currently completing a Masters of Philosophy at AUT in rugby injuries.