Blues Jersey

The Blues not surprisingly play their home games in a blue shirt. The shirt has been worn by some notable players such as: Zinzan Brooke, Sean Fitzpatrick, Michael Jones, Kees Meeuws, Brian Lima, Caleb Ralph, Xavier Rush, Mark Robinson, Tony Woodcock, Doug Howlett, Joe Rokocoko, Steve Devine and perhaps 2 of the best known names in rugby Carlos Spencer and Jonah Lomu.

Blues 2016/17 Alternate Super Shirt
Blues 2016/17 Alternate Super Shirt
£60.00 from Lovell Rugby
Blues 2016/17 Home Kids Super Shirt
Blues 2016/17 Home Kids Super Shirt
£40.00 from Lovell Rugby
Blues 2016/17 Home Super Shirt
Blues 2016/17 Home Super Shirt
£60.00 from Lovell Rugby
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They were originally known as the Auckland Blues and formed in 1996 when the Super 12's came into being. They are based in Auckland, New Zealand, and represent the Northland, North Harbour and Auckland unions. The Auckland Union who have a proud reputation in the National Provincial Championship have usually provided the bulk of the Blues players.

Picture History of the Auckland Blues Shirt

A reasonably encouraging start to the season, which saw the Blues defeat arch rivals the Crusaders and secure a bonus point win in South Africa against the Lions ended up seeing them qualify for the playoffs, where they succumbed in the Semi to eventual winners the Queensland Reds. Things went awfully wrong the following year, when, after narrowly losing several early games the Blues battled to stay off the bottom of the table and ended up as the worst performing New Zealand side, a result which saw coach Pat Lam lose his job.
Intercept tries were the downfall of the Blues in 2010, conceding three of them in as many matches to get their season off to a sketchy start. Losing influential lock Ali Williams early in the season didn't help, while their final win/loss record of 7 and 6 reflects a season that was full of highs, and equally as many lows. They ended the season in 7th position on the table.
In a challenging year for all New Zealand franchises with the All Black coaches famously employing the Rest and Recover policy which saw key players sit out the bulk of the Super 14 campaign, the Blues started strongly, setting the pace amongst the New Zealand sides before capitulating as the season drew to a close. Their season eventually came to an end in South Africa where David Nucifora's side lost to the Sharks, 32-25.
Narrowly missing a play-off spot despite a disappointing home record, the 2000 Blues ended up 6th on the ladder. Losses to the lowly Cats and Reds in the final weeks consigned them to mid-table in a year that showed plenty of promise. Things got worse the following year when, after an encouraging start they slumped to their worst ever finish, rounding out the season in 11th place on the table. The Blues' woes were compounded when head coach Gordon Hunter was forced to withdraw as his battle with cancer intensified, a battle he would eventually lose.

The Blues play their home games in Eden Park, Reimers Ave, Kingsland, Auckland. The stadium is one of the homes for New Zealand Rugby and Cricket with a capacity of 48,000. The stadium will be one of the hosting sites for the 2011 RWC when it will be increased to 60,000 plus capacity.

The Blues have a proud record of competing at the top level winning the Super 12's (replaced by 14's in 2005/6) in the first year 1996 and then in 1997 and 2003. They usually achieve at least a semi-finals finish.

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