The Steelers play their home games in strip of jerseys with red, white, and black horizontal bands. Black shorts and black socks. The shirt has been pulled on by some well known names in the game through all eras, such as: Pat Walsh and Kevin Skinner from the 50's through to modern day stars such as Tony Marsh, Joeli Vidiri and probably the greatest and best known Jonah Lomu.
The Counties Manukau Rugby Football Union was formed in 1955 and is based in Franklin Road, Pukekohe. Their home stadium is the Steelers Stadium though they also use the Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland. Counties who are known as the Steelers thanks to the local steel works Glenbrook currently play in the ANZ Cup.
Counties Manukau rugby had its best spell in the 1980's. Led by Andy Dalton, the team established powerful forwards like Alan Dawson and Geoff Knight, and a free-running and skilful back line with Bruce Robertson and Robert Kururangi. Other notable players from that era included Ken Parry, Jack Kani, and Lindsay Raki. From 1995 till 1999, captain Errol Brain led another successful era, with famous players such as Jonah Lomu, Joeli Vidiri, Danny Lee, Tony Marsh, and Jim Coe. The loss of stars such as Lomu (Wellington), Vidiri (Auckland), Lee (Otago), and Marsh (France), signalled a downturn in the fortunes of Counties. Other players who have moved on include Kristian Ormsby (now returned), Loki Crichton, John Afoa, and Sitiveni Sivivatu. Counties are aligned with the Chiefs in Super 14.