The 2008 Season kicks off in February on the 15th and so we thought it was time we brought you the squads. Today we feature the Blues:
John Afoa, Ben Atiga, Anthony Boric, Daniel Braid, Justin Collins, Bryn Evans, Nick Evans, Troy Flavell, Jarek Goebel, Kurtis Haiu, Chris Heard, Jamie Helleur, Jerome Kaino, Danny Lee, Chris Lowrey, Tom McCartney, Keven Mealamu, Taniela Moa, Lachie Munro, Bronson Murray, Isa Nacewa, George Pisi, Joe Rokocoko, Chris Smith, David Smith, Chris Smylie, Benson Stanley, Isaia Toeava, Onosa’i Tololima-Auva’a, Anthony Tuitavake, Nick White, Nick Williams, Tony Woodcock and Rudi Wulf. With the coaches head Coach David Nucifora for the third season supported by Greg Cooper who has moved from the Highlanders.
The Blues squad for the 2008 Rebel Sport Super 14 is predominantly made up of players from within the franchise area with Auckland 18, North Harbour 6, and Northland 2, plus two newcomers from Hawkeâ€™s Bay in Danny Lee and Bryn Evans. All Black fly-half Nick Evans returns after starring for the Highlanders in recent seasons and will add extra class to an already exciting backline.
With their exciting line-up and no disruption this term through players being rested we see the Blues competing for the top honours and making the play-offs. If they can achieve home advantage we see them winning the 2008 competition.