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Blues 2007 Super 14 Squad

October 27th, 2006

The Blues 2007 squad see the return of former All Blacks flanker/lock Troy Flavell, who has been playing in Japan.

Blues 2007 Super 14 Squad: John Afoa (Auckland), Ben Atiga (Auckland), Sam Biddles (Waikato), Anthony Boric (North Harbour), Daniel Braid (Auckland), Justin Collins (Auckland), Steve Devine (Auckland), Troy Flavell (Auckland), David Gibson (Auckland), Chris Heard (Auckland), David Holwell (Northland) Doug Howlett (Auckland), Jerome Kaino (Auckland), Luke McAlister (North Harbour), Angus Macdonald (Auckland), Keven Mealamu (Auckland), Isa Nacewa (Auckland), George Pisi (North Harbour), Greg Rawlinson (North Harbour), Josevata Rokocoko (Auckland), James Somerset (Auckland), Saimone Taumoepeau (Auckland), Isaia Toeava (Auckland), Onosa’i Tololima-Auva’a (Auckland), Anthony Tuitavake (North Harbour), Sam Tuitupou (Auckland), Nick White (Auckland), Ali Williams (Auckland), Nick Williams (North Harbour), Derren Witcombe (Auckland), Tony Woodcock (North Harbour), Rudi Wulf (North Harbour).

2007 Super 14 Fixtures

October 13th, 2006

The South African, New Zealand and Australian Rugby Unions (SANZAR) have released the schedule for the 2007 Super 14. The 2007 Super 14 season will start a week earlier to allow for the Rugby World Cup.

The competition starts off on 2nd February with the Blues hosting the Crusaders in Auckland. It finishes up with the grand final to be played on the 19th May.

It is still unknown which team will be the 5th South African side. The South African Rugby Union (SARU) had originally planned for the Southern Spears to replace that country’s bottom-placed team this year, the Cats, for 2007 and 2008.
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Carlos Spencer to go Northampton?

April 10th, 2005

The Guardian are speculating that All Black and Blues fly half Carlos Spencer may move to Northampton to play in the Zurich Premiership.

Although the article appears to be pure speculation, a rumour is circulating that the Saints are interested in Spencer.

Spencer has been dropped from the starting side for the Blues’ last two games in the Super 12. If he can’t force his way back into the starting side then a move to the United Kingdom may well be on the books.

Blues beat Brumbies

April 2nd, 2005

The Blues defeated the Brumbies 17-0 at Eden Park on Saturday Night.

The Blues were able to keep the defending champions scoreless with a convincing win.

Doug Howlett opened the scoring when he was able to outpace the Brumbies covering defence to recover a kick from Luke McAlistair and cross the try line to score.

The subsequent conversion and a following penalty kick gave the Blues a 10-0 lead going into halftime.

For the Brumbies both Clyde Rathbone and Stephen Larkham left the field with injury.

After halftime McAlistair was able to score a try and convert it.

Blues - Tries: Doug Howlett, Luke Mc Alistair. Conversions: Luke McAlistair (2) Penalty: Luke Mc Alistair

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Blues drop Carlos Spencer

April 1st, 2005

Carlos Spencer has been dropped from the Blues starting line up for their game against the Brumbies. The move had been widely rumour since the Blues’ inept performance against the Crusaders.

Former rugby league player, Tasesa Lavea, will wear the No 10 jersey.

The suspensions of lock Ali Williams, halfback David Gibson and midfielder Sam Tuitupou have also forced coach Peter Sloane to make other changes to the team.

Rookie Isa Nacewa will start at fullback, and with All Black No 15 Mils Muliaina moved to centre. Brad Mika comes in at lock to replace Williams. While Steve Devine, who has recovered from his hip flexor problems, will start at halfback.

Jerome Kaino returns following his suspension for the high tackle in the match against the Reds.

Blues: Isa Nacewa, Doug Howlett, Malili Muliaina, Luke McAlister, Joe Rokocoko, Tasesa Lavea, Steve Devine; Xavier Rush (captain), Daniel Braid, Jerome Kaino, Brad Mika, Greg Rawlinson, John Afoa, Keven Mealamu, Tony Woodcock

Reserves: Derren Witcombe, Saimone Taumoepau, Angus Macdonald, Justin Collins, Ben Meyer, Carlos Spencer, Ben Atiga.

Blues trio banned

March 23rd, 2005

On Tuesday three Blues players appeared before a Sanzar judicial committee on a stomping charges after a Super 12 rugby match last Saturday. All three players were found guilty.

Lock Ali Williams was banned for six weeks. While halfback David Gibson and second five-eighth Sam Tuitupou each received a two week ban.

The charges related to dangerous rucking of Crusaders captain Richie McCaw. McCaw had got himself on the wrong side of the ruck and was preventing the ball from coming to the Blues. Williams attempted to ruck McCaw away from the ball. Williams boots game very close to McCaw’s head and neck. Williams was sent-off on the advice of the touch judge.

Fortunately for the Blues they a bye this weekend, which will be included in the ban. So Gibson and Tuitupou will only miss the week six match against the Brumbies.

Crusaders walkover Blues

March 20th, 2005

The Crusaders defeated the Blues 41-19 in their round four match at Eden Park, Auckland.

The Crusaders started strongly and lead 34-0 going into half time. The score blow-out was the result of some deft handling by the Crusaders and some unfortunate mistakes by the Blues.

The Blues did come back strongly in the last quarter of the game, with tries being scored by wingers Joe Rokocoko and Doug Howlett and replacement Isa Nacewa.

Blues lock Ali Williams was sent of late in the game for rucking near the head of Richie McCaw.

Crusaders - Tries: Caleb Ralph 2, Justin Marshall, Rico Gear, penalty try, Leon MacDonald. Penality: Daniel Carter. Conversions: Daniel Carter (4)),

Blues - Tries: Joe Rokocoko, Doug Howlett, Isa Nacewa. Conversions: Tasesa Lavea(2)

Chiefs holdout to beat Blues

March 12th, 2005

The Chiefs earned a hard fought win against the Blues 18-9 to record their first win in the 2005 Super 12.

The Blues dominated both territory and possession for most of the match. But it was the Chiefs who scored the first points through a try to Loki Crichton. This was followed up two minutes later when Sosene Anesi took an intercept from a quick throw-in from the Blues and ran in a try under the posts.

The Blues lost two prop forwards during the first-half which resulted in uncontested scrums. Going into the half time the score was 15-3 to the Chiefs.
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Jerome Kaino out for two weeks

March 8th, 2005

The Sanzar Judicial Committee has given Blues loose forward Jerome Kaino a two week suspension for a reckless tackle on Reds player Josh Valentine.

Kaino was given a yellow card for the tackle that came towards the end of the game played on last Saturday. He will miss next weeks match against the Chiefs and the following match against the Crusaders.

Blues comeback to defeat Reds

March 4th, 2005

In the first match of the second round of the 2005 Super 12 the Blues defeat the Reds 18-15.

Despite dominating both territory and possession in the first half the Blues were unable score in the first half, although they did come close on a number of occassions. The only score in the first half were through a A 39th minute penalty goal from captain Elton Flatley gave the visitors the half time lead.

The Reds were able to extend their lead through a try to winger Wendell Sailor.
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