The Blues were formed in 1996. They represent the New Zealand Rugby Provincial Unions of Auckland, Northland & Nth Harbour. Their home ground is Eden Park in Auckland.
Their colours are Blue with Dark Blue sleeves.
The Blues play 6 games at Home & 7 Away in the 2010 season. Their bye is in the 5th round.
Their 2010 coach is Pat Lam (a former Auckland coach and All Black).
Previous coaches were: Graham Henry, Gordon Hunter, David Nucifora, Frank Oliver, Jed Rowlands & Peter Sloane.
The captain is current All Black hooker Keven Mealamu.
Current & past All Blacks in the 2010 squad are: John Afoa, Tony Woodcock, Jerome Kaino, Anthony Tuitavake, Joe Rokocoko, Anthony Boric, Ali Williams (now injured for season), Alby Mathewson, Luke McAlister, Rudi Wulf & isaia Toeava.
The Blues finished in 9th position at the end of the 2009 round-robin stages.
They have finished in the top 4 of the round-robin stages of the Super competition 5 times out of 14 years, the latest in 2007. Their worst finish was 11th out of 12 in 2001.
In the Top 4 play-offs they have featured in 4 finals, winning 3 times in 1996, 1997 & 2003.
Their Home & Away winning percentage is 72% & 48% respectively. Their average Home & Away scores against all teams is: 31.2 v 21.4 at Home & 26.1 v 26.6 Away. Their toughest opponents at Home have been the Sharks closely followed by the Brumbies, the Chiefs & the Crusaders & Away are the Reds, closely followed by the Bulls..
Their best score was 74-28 against the Stormers in 1998. The best winning margin was (+53) against the Hurricanes in 2002. Their worst score was 34-63 against the Chiefs in 2009, & losing margin (-38) was 13-51 against the Reds in 1996.
They have had one season (including the Top 4 play-offs) - 1997 - where they were undefeated (although it included one draw).
They are 7th= on the New Zealand TAB fixed odds to win the competition @ $11. On overseas betting places they are also picked at 7th= @ $10.
Their website is: www.theblues.co.nz