Blues 2019 - (New Head Coach)



  • @sammyc said in Blues 2019:

    @machpants said in Blues 2019:

    Ozzie need to look at this sort of thing, need a board with some ideas? Let's have an ex-National coach, an ex-MP, and a successful businessman

    Yay 🙂 we get to hate John Hart again.

    I'd love for the Blues to be hated by other franchise fans instead of hated by their own fans. Dreams are free....



  • @kiwimurph said in Blues 2019:

    So who is going to play 13? Tele'a? They want an experienced midfield so they get 3 experienced 12s and a rookie 13. Lol Blues.

    Matt Johnson / Tamati Tua ?



  • @kiwimurph said in Blues 2019:

    @sammyc said in Blues 2019:

    @machpants said in Blues 2019:

    Ozzie need to look at this sort of thing, need a board with some ideas? Let's have an ex-National coach, an ex-MP, and a successful businessman

    Yay 🙂 we get to hate John Hart again.

    I'd love for the Blues to be hated by other franchise fans instead of hated by their own fans. Dreams are free....

    Me too 🙂 it's too hard to hate them when they suck so bad.

    they should bring back Gary Whetton, Bernie McCahill and Grant Fox as advisors



  • @nogusta said in Blues 2019:

    @kiwimurph said in Blues 2019:

    So who is going to play 13? Tele'a? They want an experienced midfield so they get 3 experienced 12s and a rookie 13. Lol Blues.

    Matt Johnson / Tamati Tua ?

    A hard pass to both of those options. It should be Tumua Manu - but I can't see that happening now. Heck I'd take Ranger over those two ^



  • @daffy-jaffy said in Blues 2019:

    @tim This article on the Blues website suggests Tele'a is on a full contract.
    It says nothing about development contracts. -
    The Blues continues to invest in youth for 2019 and beyond after announcing that three members of the New Zealand Under-20s rugby team will play for the club in Super Rugby next year.
    Harry Plummer, Tanielu Tele’a and Hoskins Sotutu, among the seven players from the Blues region in the New Zealand Under-20 side, have been signed for two-year contracts with the Blues.

    http://theblues.co.nz/nz-u20-trio-commit-to-the-blues/

    Draft contract perhaps?
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  • @kiwimurph said in Blues 2019:

    @nogusta said in Blues 2019:

    @kiwimurph said in Blues 2019:

    So who is going to play 13? Tele'a? They want an experienced midfield so they get 3 experienced 12s and a rookie 13. Lol Blues.

    Matt Johnson / Tamati Tua ?

    A hard pass to both of those options. It should be Tumua Manu - but I can't see that happening now. Heck I'd take Ranger over those two ^

    Still clinging on to hope that they somehow fit him in (Manu)...The Chiefs are circling hard I hear...



  • Be nice if Tana had signed him instead of his mate Nonu.



  • @kirwan said in Blues 2019:

    Be nice if Tana had signed him instead of his mate Nonu.

    Or you know...played him in the midfield this year for the Blues when he was in the squad due to injuries....but no....lets play Rieko at 12 and Collins at 13 instead......



  • @kiwimurph said in Blues 2019:

    @kirwan said in Blues 2019:

    Be nice if Tana had signed him instead of his mate Nonu.

    Or you know...played him in the midfield this year for the Blues when he was in the squad due to injuries....but no....lets play Rieko at 12 and Collins at 13 instead......

    trigger warning please when you write 'Rieko at 12'. that shit grinds my gears.



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  • Be afraid super teams, be very afraid -
    New Zealand Rugby (NZR) have appointed former All Black and Auckland Rugby Coach and life-time member of Auckland Rugby John Hart, current New Zealand Rugby Board member Richard Dellabarca and current NZR Rugby Committee member and former government Minister and Cabinet member Sam Lotu-Iiga to the Blues Super Rugby Club Board.

    Former All Blacks coach John Hart was happy to step on to the board of the Blues, but insists New Zealand Rugby's presence on it will be temporary.

    Hart, along with Richard Dellabarca and Sam Lotu-Iiga, was appointed to the board for the Super Rugby club by NZR, after an independent review of the club's governance structure.

    "My understanding is it's an interim move," Hart told Radio Sport's D'Arcy Waldegrave of his appointment.

    "NZR have stepped in as an interim move and ultimately they'll want to bring back some private equity interest. That will take time. All the other franchises have that structure and I'm sure that's where the New Zealand Union see the Blues of the future.

    Hart, who coached the All Blacks from 1996-1999, has strong ties to the game in the Auckland region. A former coach of the province, Hart is a life member of the Auckland union.

    "I'm a passionate rugby man, I'm a passionate Aucklander and we'd all like to see the Blues do well.

    "I guess they're hoping I might be able to help the board in terms of governance and decision-making around the football team, but I'm just a board member – one of six or seven.

    "I'm going on as a board member to meet with the board and come up with strategies to support the management team. I don't see it going beyond that at the moment."

    Current NZR board member Dellabarca and NZR committee member Lotu-Iiga join Hart on the Blues' board, with the appointments being made as part of the NZR's 40 per cent partnership interest in the club.

    The trio all have a proven background in the sport which NZR chief executive Steve Tew said was an important part of the selection.
    "We are pleased that John, Richard and Sam are available to represent New Zealand Rugby's partnership interest in the Blues Super Rugby club.

    "Their collective skills will extend the existing depth of experience of the Blues Board and in combination with other recent changes to the coaching team and re-signing and recruitment of key players, this is one of many steps to help rebuild the success of the club."



  • @kiwimurph said in Blues 2019:

    @sammyc said in Blues 2019:

    @machpants said in Blues 2019:

    Ozzie need to look at this sort of thing, need a board with some ideas? Let's have an ex-National coach, an ex-MP, and a successful businessman

    Yay 🙂 we get to hate John Hart again.

    I'd love for the Blues to be hated by other franchise fans instead of hated by their own fans. Dreams are free....

    It'll happen (again).

    The moment things click and the Blues become a team on the up the shift will commence and one of the other franchises will become the NZ 'fail' team'
    Under the current system, having 4 teams in contention is impressive. Having 5? Near impossible.

    Would become very easy for the Chiefs or Highlanders to find themselves struggling for key players that decide to stay in Auckland.



  • New Zealand Rugby (NZR) has announced that they have secured the key signatures of All Blacks, Blues and Auckland Rugby brothers, Rieko and Akira Ioane, who have both signed long-term contracts with the national body, their Blues club and the Auckland province.

    21-year-old Rieko, the current World Breakthrough Player of the Year and nominee for Player of the Year, has signed a four-year deal through to the end of the 2022 season, while 23-year-old Akira has signed on through to 2021.

    Rieko said he was “hugely excited” to be recommitting to New Zealand.

    “I feel incredibly privileged to get the opportunity to play my rugby here for another four years. I want to give it my best shot at serving the black jersey and, hopefully, I’ll get the chance to play at the Rugby World Cup in the future. That’s a huge motivator for me.

    “It was obviously tough this year for the Blues, but I feel we’re on the verge of something special and I want to be a part of that journey. Auckland is my home, it’s where I grew up and it’s the city that made me as a rugby player, so I want to do my bit to help it move forward.”

    Akira said: “It was important for me to stay in Auckland and at the Blues because it’s my home and I want to help the teams in this city succeed. I also want to keep playing my best rugby and try and make it back into the All Blacks again.

    “It will also be special sharing the next few years with my brother and representing our family out on the footy field.”

    Rieko became the eighth youngest All Blacks Test debutant when he came off the bench against Italy at the age of 19 years and 239 days in November 2016. He has now started 16 of his 18 Tests and scored 18 tries to date, as well as 20 tries in 35 appearances for the Blues.

    All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen said: “This is fantastic news for New Zealand Rugby. Rieko is a young player with undoubted talent who has already achieved wonderful things on the international stage. With his growing maturity and growth in his game understanding, I’m sure we’ll see his game go to even greater heights.

    “Akira is also an immense talent who has a bright future in our national game and we congratulate him on his decision as well.”

    Blues coach Tana Umaga added: “Rieko is an outstanding talent who works very hard at the game and is also willing to learn. He shows a level of maturity that belies his young age and this, as well as his passion for the club and region, makes him a leader of our young group.

    Loose forward Akira had a breakout year in 2015, making his Blues debut, and also debuted alongside Rieko in the Maori All Blacks and for Auckland. He played for the All Blacks against a French XV last year and started every Investec Super Rugby game for the Blues this season.

    “Akira was our ‘go to’ player in the forwards this year and yet he is still so young,” said Umaga. “He’s working hard to improve his game and will become a key leader in the years to come. He has such passion for our club and for Auckland – with our players this year selecting him as the Player of the Year.”

    Auckland Rugby CEO Jarrod Bear said: “With Rieko’s and Akira’s development coming through the Auckland school, club and representative pathways into higher honours, Auckland Rugby is excited that they’ll continue to commit to playing and enjoying their rugby in Auckland. We know they are exciting players and we look forward to supporting them in the future.”



  • Brilliant to have it confirmed.



  • Some good competition for the locking spots now.

    Currently signed players:

    Gerard Cowley-Tuioti
    Scott Scrafton
    Patrick Tuipulotu
    Jimmy Tupou

    Tuipulotu, Whetton, and Lemalu are all showing good form, with Scrafton to return from injury. When he comes back from his ACL and LCL ruptures is unclear, so extra cover might be needed.

    Cowley-Tuioti has been pretty good for Harbour, with Pierce showing promise.

    Have noticed Robinson from Northland. How is Goodhue going?

    I'm considering Tupou as a six only, and Olmsted looks like the better option for a six who covers lock. That gives three specialist locks signed for probably five positions. Probably two of Goodhue, Whetton, and Lemalu will make the cut.

    Lemalu has a unique ability, amongst potential Blues locks, to strongly defend mauls. He also adds a lot of power to scrums. How is his lineout work?



  • @tim Goodhue has been very good, as has Robinson.

    Both didnt play last night, and our lineout that had been functioning well struggled last night, we also missed both at the breakdown, conceding a bazillion turnovers



  • Tupou is another poor signing that ensures that a quality player (or multiple) will miss out due to numbers.





  • Tim said:

    I'm only a fan, and I bloody considered leaving the Blues



  • @kiwimurph An awful signing. I don't know how he got an extension.