Blues - a brief rugby history
Colours: Jersey: Royal & Navy Blue with White trim: Shorts: Royal Blue with White stripes Socks: Royal Blue with Navy Blue stripes
Home Ground: Eden Park, Auckland
Chairman: Tony Carter
CEO: Michael Redman
Website: www.the blues.co.nz
The most appearances is by Kevin Mealamu (164)
The most points scored is by Adrian Cashmore (619)
The most tries scored is by Doug Howlett (55)
The Blues were formed in 1996. They represent the New Zealand Rugby Provincial Unions of Auckland, Northland and North Harbour.
In 2017 they play 7 home games against the Highlanders, Bulls, Western Force, Hurricanes, Cheetahs, Chiefs & Reds. They play 8 away games against the Rebels, Chiefs, Crusaders, Highlanders, Brumbies, Waratahs, Stormers & Sunwolves.
The head coach is Tana Umaga. His assistants are Alistair Rogers, Steve Jackson, Dave Ellis, Kylie Wilson & Jason Price.
Previous head coaches were: Graham Henry, Gordon Hunter, Pat Lam, David Nucifora, Frank Oliver, Jed Rowlands, Peter Sloane & Sir John Kirwan.
In 21 years they have had 9 coaches and used 269 players.
The 2017 co captains is Jerome Kaino & James Parsons.
The squad is: Michael Collins; Gerard Cowley-Tuioti; Matt Duffie; T J Faiane; Epalahame Faiva; Charlie Faumuina; Piers Francis; Blake Gibson; Josh Goodhue; Billy Guyton; Alex Hodgman; Akira Ioane; Rieko Ioane; Steven Luatua; Sione Mafileo; Paulisasi Manu; George Moala; Matt Moulds; Melani Nanai; Brandon Nansen; Sam Nock; Declan O'Donnell; Stephen Perofeta; Sam Prattley; Kara Pryor; Augustine Pulu; Rene Ranger; Scott Scrafton; Murphy Taramai; Jordan Trainor; Patrick Tuipulotu; Jimmy Tupou; Ofa Tu'ungafasi; Matt Vaega; Ihaia West; Sonny Bill Williams.
They finished in 11th position at the end of the 2016 round-robin stages.
They have finished in the top 6 of the round-robin stages of the Super competition 10 times out of 21 years. Their worst finish was 14th out of 15 in 2015.
In the play-offs they have featured in 4 finals, winning 3 times in 1996, 1997 & 2003.
Their average finishing position is 6.86.
They have had one season (including the play-offs) - 1997 - where they were undefeated (although it included one draw).
They are 9th on the New Zealand TAB fixed odds to win the competition @ NZ$16.
On Centre Bet (Aus) they are picked 7th= @ A$17.