Do officials crave the limelight too?

March 20, 2016 24
Officials Officials are starting to act like neglected kids who have always sought attention with atrocious calls and decisions every week. It is as if they want to be in the headlines every week and for all the wrong reasons. Some may call the criticism unfair but its warranted with the number of high profile…

Mealamu back for Blues

April 3, 2013 0
Blues head coach Sir John Kirwan has made two changes to the starting XV for Friday night’s clash with the Highlanders at Eden Park (kick-off 7.35pm). Tasman prop Tim Perry will start at loosehead in place of Tom McCartney, while Jackson Willison replaces Francis Saili at second five-eighths. The Blues will be bolstered by World…

One change for Blues

March 28, 2013 0
Blues head coach Sir John Kirwan has made just one injury enforced change to the starting XV for Saturday’s match against the Chiefs in Mount Maunganui. Angus Ta’avao will start at tighthead prop in place of Charlie Faumuina who tore his right calf against the Waratahs last week and is expected to be out of action for at least…

Kirwin backing his best

March 22, 2013 4
Blues head coach Sir John Kirwan has restored his successful combinations for Sunday’s clash with the Waratahs in Sydney. After rolling the changes and losing to the Bulls before the bye, Kirwan has reverted to the tried and tested formula that saw the Blues defeat the Hurricanes and Crusaders in the opening two rounds of the…

Blues change 10 for Bulls

March 8, 2013 1
The Blues have made 6 changes to their starting XV for their game against the Bulls. Blues head coach Sir John Kirwan has made wholesale changes to his team for Sunday’s clash with the Bulls at Eden Park as he looks to give new players an opportunity to impress. There are six personnel changes to…

Bulls ring the changes

March 7, 2013 7
Clearly not happy with the performance of his players against the Force, Bulls coach Frans Ludeke has made several changes to his team to face the Blues this weekend. Vodacom Bulls coach Frans Ludeke made seven changes to his starting side to play the Blues in Auckland on Sunday in the first of their four…

Chiliboy not guilty

March 4, 2013 3
Chiliboy was found not guilty for charging into a ruck with no arms. Release A SANZAR Judicial Hearing has found Chiliboy Ralepelle of the Bulls not guilty of contravening Law 10.4 (h) and 10.4 (k) after he was cited during a Super Rugby match at the weekend. No further sanction has been imposed on the…

Blues unchanged for Saders

February 27, 2013 0
Blues head coach Sir John Kirwan has named an unchanged line-up for Friday’s clash with the Crusaders at Eden Park. Kirwan has rewarded his troops for an impressive first-up performance against the Hurricanes by keeping the same starting XV and bench, and said it was a pretty simple decision. “After the performance last week the guys can go around…

Read captains Saders against Blues

February 26, 2013 5
Crusaders Head Coach Todd Blackadder has named his starting fifteen to play the Blues in the Crusaders first season game of the Investec Super Rugby 2013 season. The team features the Crusaders star players to take on the Blues in what should be an exciting encounter. The Crusaders Forward Pack has an established look about…

Hurricanes 20, Blues 34

February 23, 2013 1
It is derby weekend for just about all teams, and if this NZ derby is anything like yesterday's, we are in for a treat. Teams: Hurricanes: 15 Andre Taylor, 14 Alapati Leiua, 13 Conrad Smith (captain), 12 Tim Bateman, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Brad Shields, 7 Karl Lowe, 6…

Kirwin names 4 debutants in Blues team

February 21, 2013 0
Blues head coach Sir John Kirwan has announced his side to take on the Hurricanes in their season opener at Westpac Stadium on Saturday. After three months of gruelling pre-season training, Kirwan said he couldn’t wait to kick off the season and revealed how difficult it was to select his first starting XV. “It was really tough,…

Canes name side to face Blues

February 20, 2013 0
The Hurricanes are set to host the Blues in their season opener this Saturday night at Westpac Stadium. The line-up for the Hurricanes has a consistent look from their 2012 squad, with few changes to note. Ben Franks will make his debut in Hurricanes colours at loosehead prop, meanwhile Ben May will take the tighthead…

Tahs name 6 Wallabies for warm-up

February 7, 2013 8
Michael Hooper will make his NSW debut this Saturday when the HSBC Waratahs take on the Blues in Whangarei (kick off 4.30pm EST). The 21-year-old Wallaby breakaway was born in NSW and says he can’t wait to pull the Waratahs’ jersey on for the first time.  “I can’t wait to get into it. “I’ve watched…

Ali captains Blues for first time

February 7, 2013 0
Ali Williams will captain the Blues for the first time when he leads out the side to face the Waratahs in Whangarei on Saturday in the second pre-season hit-out of the year. The 77-Test veteran returned to the Blues a month early to kick-start his pre-season training and can’t wait to finally play a game.…

Blues Super Rugby squad for 2013

October 30, 2012 0
Blues Head Coach Sir John Kirwan announced his 2013 squad at a free breakfast event exclusively for members, sponsors and members of the media this morning. Blues Rugby Several past Auckland and Blues players such as Michael Jones, Craig Innes and Joeli Vidiri were also on hand to meet the new Blues players and offer…
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