This page contains a list of user images about Blues (Super Rugby Franchise) which are relevant to the point and besides images, you can also use the tabs in the bottom to browse Blues (Super Rugby Franchise) news, videos, wiki information, tweets, documents and weblinks.
Blues (Super Rugby Franchise) Images
Music video by Rihanna performing Take A Bow. YouTube view counts pre-VEVO: 66288884. (C) 2008 The Island Def Jam Music Group.
WATCH BLOOPERS & MORE: http://bit.ly/ZELDAxtras DOWNLOAD THE SONG: http://smo.sh/13NrBp8 DOWNLOAD UNCENSORED SONG: http://smo.sh/WMYpsf GET LEGEND OF SMOSH T...
A substitute teacher from the inner city refuses to be messed with while taking attendance.
BLOOPERS: http://bit.ly/FiretruckBloopers GET THE SONG: http://smo.sh/WMZv7l MILKSHAKE MUSIC VIDEO: http://bit.ly/MilkyMilkshake CHECK OUT THIS FIRETRUCK TEE...
So i was pretty hesitant to make this video... but after all of your request, here is my Draw My Life video! Check out my 2nd Channel for more vlogs: http://...
Music video by Adele performing Rolling In The Deep. (C) 2010 XL Recordings Ltd. #VEVOCertified on July 25, 2011. http://www.vevo.com/certified http://www.yo...
"Just One Last Time" feat. Taped Rai. Available to download on iTunes including remixes of : Tiësto, HARD ROCK SOFA & Deniz Koyu http://smarturl.it/DGJustOne...
YOLO is available on iTunes now! http://smarturl.it/lonelyIslandYolo New album coming soon... Check out the awesome band the music in YOLO is sampled from Th...
Subscribe for new compilations every Friday! ▻ http://bit.ly/failarmy Facebook ▻ http://facebook.com/failarmyy Twitter ▻ http://twitter.com/RealFailArmy Down...
Don't be these people. Mapoti See Bloopers and Behind-The-Scenes Here!: http://youtu.be/dfpo7uXwJnM Huge thank you and shout out to Dtrix: http://www.youtube...
Buy the track here: http://atlr.ec/TZ8yBf Directed by Tony T. Datis.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis present the official music video for Can't Hold Us feat. Ray Dalton. Can't Hold Us on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/cant-...
This video accidentally turned out kind of sad, ME SO SOWWY IT NOT POSED TO BE SAD WHO WANTS HUGS AND COOKIES? Also, FYI for anyone attempting this, it takes...
|Unions||New Zealand Rugby Union|
|Founded||1996 (as Auckland Blues)|
|Location||Auckland, New Zealand|
|Ground(s)||Eden Park (Capacity: 50,000)|
|Coach(es)||Sir John Kirwan|
The Blues (formerly the Auckland Blues) are a professional rugby union team based in Auckland, New Zealand who play in the Super Rugby competition. Like New Zealand's four other Super Rugby sides, the Blues were established by the NZRU in 1996. One of the most successful teams in Super Rugby history, the Blues won the competition in each of its first two seasons, 1996 and 1997, and again in 2003. Additionally, the team were finalists in 1998 and semi-finalists in 2007 and 2011. The team is captained by Ali Williams and coached by Sir John Kirwan.
In 2013, the Blues will come the first New Zealand Super Rugby team to host and international fixture against a touring side. They will face Les Bleus on June 11 at North Harbour Stadium as part of Frances 3-test tour of New Zealand.
Formation and Early Years (1994 - 1997) 
Along with New Zealand's other Super Rugby sides, the Blues were established by the NZRU to take part in the newly formed Super 12 competition which, involved teams from South Africa and Australia in addition to New Zealand. Each of New Zealand's five sides represented a number of unions, with the Blues representing the Auckland, Thames Valley, Northland, and the North Harbour unions, while the neighbouring Waikato Chiefs representing the Waikato Rugby Union Counties Manukau Rugby Union, Bay of Plenty and King Country unions. During this era, the Blues played the majority of their home matches at Eden Park, with round robin fixtures occasionally held at Growers Stadium in Pukekohe.
The Blues tasted immediate success, winning the Super 12 back-to-back in 1996 and 1997. In 1996 the side won eight of eleven round robin matches and finished the regular season in second place (behind the Queensland Reds on 41 points. They then went on to defeat Northern Transvaaal, now the Bulls, 48-11 in the semi-final at Eden Park. This result secured a home final, where the Blues comfortably defeated the Natal Sharks 45-21. In 1997, the side improved on their previous season, comfortably topping the table with 50 points after going undefeated in the regular season, the sole blemish on an otherwise perfect season being a draw with Northern Transvaal in a re-match of the previous season's semi-final. The Blues once again easily won their semi-final, defeating the Natal Sharks 55-36 at Eden Park and again securing a home final. The 1997 final was a more hard fought encounter than the previous year's, with the Blues defeating the ACT Brumbies 23-7.
Middle Years (1998 - 2005) 
By the end of the 1990s the number of international from the Blues' region had decreased. This led the Blues and the Chiefs to arrange a swap, where the Chiefs would represent the Thames Valley and Counties Manukau unions in exchange for the Blues representing the Northland and North Harbour unions in addition to Auckland. Although in the seasons leading up to the trade North Harbour and Northland had outperformed Counties Manukau and Thames Valley in provincial rugby (thus potentially widening the already sizeable gap between the Blues' and Chiefs' on-field performance), it enabled both teams to represent unions in closer geographical proximity. Because of this trade, the Blues lost the area colloquially referred to as South Auckland, (excluding those portions of the South Auckland to the north of Manurewa). Thus, the Blues traded a portion of South Auckland for the Northern portion of the Auckland region and Northland, and still do not represent the entire Auckland region. In 2000 all of New Zealand's Super 12 franchises dropped the regional identifiers from their official names.
The 1998 season saw the Blues again top the points table with 43 points at the conclusion of the round robin, with nine wins and two losses to their credit. They defeated the Otago Highlanders by 37-31 in the side's third consecutive home semi-final, securing a home final against the Crusaders, a match which promised a great deal due to Auckland's traditional sporting rivalry with Canterbury. The Crusaders ultimately won the match by 20-13, putting an end to the Blues' dominance of the competition.
From 1999 - 2002 the Blues' onfield performance was poor, missing the playoffs every season, finishing at an all time low of 11th on the ladder in 2001 with just four wins for the season. The club was able to turn its from around in the 2003 season, topping the ladder with 49 points and 10 wins from 11 matches. The team went on to defeat the ACT Brumbies by 42-21 in the semi-final, before beating the Crusaders 21-17 in the final for the franchise's third Super Rugby title. The Blues were unable to follow their 2003 success up in 2004 and 2005 however, missing the playoffs in both seasons.
Super 14 Era (2006 - 2010) 
The expanded 14 team competition couldn't have started worse for the Blues, who were in 2006 forced by the NZRU to include North Harbour captain Rua Tipoki in their squad of 24 players who are 'protected' from the draft. Tipoki was originally to be excluded from the draft due to personal circumstances in order to stay in Auckland. Andrew Mehrtens had in the past done this with the Crusaders. The NZRU however forced coach David Nucifora to pick Tipoki in his 24 man squad and hence drop another player. It is believed the NZRU was in favour of dropping players such as Isa Nacewa who are ineligible to play for the All Blacks. Instead, Nucifora excluded All Black Isaia Toeava, who subsequently played for the Hurricanes in 2006. Following the draft fiasco, and the forgettable season which followed, the Blues showed signs of resurgence in 2007, finishing the round robin in fourth place, securing a semi-final against the Sharks in Durban. The travel and form of the opposition were too difficult to overcome, however, with the Blues losing to the eventual runners-up by 34 - 18. The 2008 season, the final under coach David Nucifora, saw the team finish the season with an 8 - 5 record and a sixth place finish on the ladder. In 2009, Pat Lam was appointed as coach, however the team have not been able to make significant improvements under his leadership, missing the playoffs in both the 2009 and 2010 seasons.
Super Rugby Era (2011 - present) 
2011 Season 
In 2011 the Super Rugby competition was expanded to 15 teams and adopted a conference format. The Blues had a successful start to the season, defeating the Crusaders by 24-22 at Eden Park. This was followed by a win and a loss on their Southa African tour, followed by a 22-all draw against the Western Force in Perth. This was followed by a seven match winning streak between rounds five and twelve. However, the mid-season winning streak came to an abrupt end with a 37-31 loss to the Queensland Reds in Brisbane, which initiated a four match losing-streak. In the final round-robin match of the season, the Blues defeated the Highlanders by 33-16 at Eden Park, securing the side's first playoff appearance since 2007 and first home playoff match since 2003. The team subsequently defeated the New South Wales Waratahs 26 - 13 to secure a semi-final against the Queensland Reds in Brisbane, which they lost 30 - 13.
The 2011 season also marked the departure of Kurtis Haiu, who was diagnosed with a bone tumour in April. Following his diagnosis, he took an indefinite break from rugby in order to focus on his health.
2012 Season 
2012, the team's fourth season under coach Pat Lam, saw the arrival of former Hurricanes icons, and 2011 Rugby World Cup winners, Ma'a Nonu and Piri Weepu. The regular season began on February 24 against the Crusaders at Eden Park. Following two successive losses to start the season, the side's first victory came away to the Bulls, with starting debutant Gareth Anscombe scoring all of the Blues points in the 29-23 win. In doing so, Anscombe set a team record for most points in a match. In the same match, Rene Ranger became the first Blues player to receive a White Card, which resulted in a two-week suspension. Seven consecutive losses followed, beginning with the Stormers in round four, and finishing with the Hurricanes in round eleven. Growing frustration amongst fans was evident during this period, with racist remarks directed at coach Pat Lam via social media, talkback radio and the Blues own website. Lam, who is of Samoan descent, received support from a number of former Blues players during this period, including Michael Jones and Eroni Clarke. After beating the Lions in round twelve, the Blues suffered the biggest defeat in club history with a 59 - 12 loss away to the Crusaders, which was followed by losses at home to the Highlanders and table-topping Chiefs. The Blues finished the season on a high note, with wins against the Western Force and Brumbies.
On the 17 July, Pat Lam was released. On the same day, Sir John Kirwan was appointed as head coach for the 2013 and 2014 seasons. In August, the Blues' full coaching staff for the 2013 season was announced, with Sir Graham Henry taking on a role as technical advisor and defensive coach, Mick Byrne appointed forwards and kicking coach, and Grant Doorey appointed skills and backline coach.
Season-by-Season Summary 
A season-by-season summary of Blues regular season results and playoff fixtures is shown below:
|1996||11||8||0||3||408||354||+54||9||41||1st||(defeated Sharks in final)|
|1997||11||10||1||0||435||283||+152||8||50||1st||(defeated ACT Brumbies in final)|
|1998||11||9||0||2||388||298||+90||7||43||2nd||(lost to Crusaders in final)|
|2003||11||10||0||1||393||185||+208||9||49||1st||(defeated Crusaders in final)|
|2007||13||9||0||4||355||235||+120||6||42||4th||(lost to Sharks in semi-final)|
|2011||16||10||1||5||405||335||+70||10||60||4th||(lost to Queensland Reds in semi-final)|
Super 12/14 (1996 - 2010) 
- Champions (3)
- Runners-Up (1)
- Playoff Appearances (1)
Super Rugby (2011 - Present) 
- Playoff Appearances (1)
The Gordon Hunter Memorial Trophy is contested between the Blues and Highlanders as a part of all regular season fixtures between the two sides. The trophy is awarded in memory of Gordon Hunter, who had been head coach of both teams prior to his passing in 2002. The Blues currently lead in all-time wins with eight victories to the Highlanders five. The Blues currently hold the trophy after defeating the Highlanders to Round 8 of the 2013 season.
The team's primary home ground is Eden Park, located in the central Auckland suburb of Kingsland. The stadium has a capacity of 50,000. In addition to hosting Blues home matches, the ground is the home of the Auckland Rugby Football Union and Auckland Cricket, and is a frequent host of All Blacks matches, and hosted the 2011 Rugby World Cup semi-finals, third-place playoff, and final.
Management and Ownership 
Since 1999, the Blues have represented the Auckland, North Harbour, and Northland rugby unions. Despite being owned by the NZRU, Auckland have a 55% stake in the team, with North Harbour having a 25% stake and Northland 20%. Up to and including 2010, all New Zealand-based Super Rugby sides were able to protect 24 players from within their region each season. Players not protected by the Blues could be selected by any of the other four New Zealand teams for that season, while the Blues were also able to bring in players from other regions for the season. The team had predominantly drawn its players from its own unions, with the vast majority of players hailing from Auckland, however in recent years several notable players have been signed from outside the region, such as Stephen Brett, Alby Mathewson, Ma'a Nonu and Piri Weepu.
From 2011 onwards, the NZRU has relaxed the rules imposed on teams in terms of player recruitment. New Zealand teams will move to a direct-contracting recruitment format, which will enable each team to field two foreign (non-New Zealand or Pacific Island) players each season, in addition to squad sizes increasing from 28 to 32 players.
The current Blues (and Auckland Rugby Football Union) CEO is former Counties and New Zealand player Andy Dalton. Along with Dalton, Gary Whetton, Grant Fox, Geoff Vazey, Mike Budd, John Morgan and Andrew Golightly make up the Blues board. In April 2012, Gary Whetton was appointed chairman of the board following the resignation of Greg Muir. His place as Auckland Rugby Union board representative was taken by Glenn Wahlstrom.
2013 Squad 
First Five-Eighths (Fly-halves)
Wider training group
Internationally Capped Players 
- Keven Mealamu (102 caps)
- Ali Williams (77 caps)
- Piri Weepu (69 caps)
- Anthony Boric (24 caps)
- Charlie Faumuina (7 caps)
- Rene Ranger (3 caps)
Coaches and Management 
Head Coach 
Assistant Coaches 
- Sir Graham Henry (Technical advisor and defensive coach)
- Mick Byrne (Forwards and kicking coach)
- Grant Doorey (Backs and skills coach)
Managerial and Technical Staff 
Past Captains 
- Zinzan Brooke (1996–1997)
- Michael Jones (1998)
- Robin Brooke (1999–2001)
- Glenn Taylor (2002)
- Xavier Rush (2003–2005)
- Keven Mealamu (2006)
- Troy Flavell (2007–2008)
- Keven Mealamu (2009-2012)
Past Coaches 
- Sir Graham Henry (1996–1998)
- Jed Rowlands (1999)
- Gordon Hunter (2000)
- Frank Oliver (2001)
- Peter Sloane (2002–2005)
- David Nucifora (2006–2008)
- Pat Lam (2009–2012)
Records and Achievements 
Individual Records 
Most appearances 
|1.||Keven Mealamu||131||2000–2001; 2003-|
Most points 
|3.||Luke McAlister||389||2004–2007; 2010–2011|
Most tries 
Most points in a match 
|5.||Carlos Spencer||23||Western Province||1996|
Most tries in a match 
|Rua Tipoki||Western Force||2006|
|Joe Rokocoko||Western Force||2010|
Most points in a season 
Most tries in a season 
- Highest Regular Season Placing: 1st (1996, 1997, 2003)
- Most Wins in a Season: 10 (1997, 2003, 2011)
- Most Points in a Season: 435 (1997)
- Biggest Win: 60 - 7 (2002 vs. Hurricanes at Westpac Stadium)
- Biggest Loss: 12 - 59 (2012 vs. Crusaders at Rugby League Park)
- Games played: 218
- Games won: 126
- Games lost: 88
- Games drawn: 4
- Winning percentage: 57.8%
- Points for: 6086
- Points against: 5208
- Gray, Wynne (29 October 2005). "The standoff that sent Toeava south". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 21 September 2011.
- Gray, Wynne (28 April 2011). "Rugby: Haiu on leave after tests confirm bone tumour". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 15 September 2011.
- NZPA (27 April 2011). "Rugby: Haiu to take leave due to bone tumour". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 15 September 2011.
- "Blues profile". Fox Sports Australia. Retrieved 17 March 2012.
- Gray, Wynne (11 April 2012). "Rugby: Pat Lam breaks down over racist taunts". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 13 April 2012.
- Dickinson, Michael; McKendry, Patrick (13 April 2012). "Blues brothers rally round beleaguered Lam". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 13 April 2012.
- APNZ (17 July 2012). "Kirwan 'thrilled' to be new coach of Blues". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 17 July 2012.
- APNZ (22 August 2012). "Henry joins Blues coaching team". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 23 August 2012.
- "Eden Park". ESPN Scrum. Retrieved 15 February 2012.
- Gray, Wynne (5 March 2011). "Rugby: Auckland closer to controlling franchise". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 21 September 2011.
- "Gary Whetton elected as new Blues chairman" (Press release). Blues. 20 April 2012. Retrieved 21 April 2012.
- "Blues squad announced for 2013". Blues. 30 Oct 2012. Retrieved 30 Oct 2012.
- "Rugby: Franchises name their training partners". Otago Daily Times. 7 December 2012. Retrieved 7 December 2012.
- "Blues game splits". Fox Sports Australia. Retrieved 17 March 2012.
2002 - Crusaders
|Super 12 Champions
1996 (first title) - 1997 (second title)
2003 (third title)
1998 - Crusaders
2004 - Brumbies