Blues (Super Rugby)

The Blues (known as the Auckland Blues from 1996 to 2000) is a New Zealand professional rugby union team based in Auckland, New Zealand who play in the Super Rugby competition. Like New Zealand's four other Super Rugby teams, 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 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.

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UnionNew Zealand Rugby Union
Nickname(s)The Blues
LocationAuckland, New Zealand
North Harbour
Ground(s)Eden Park (Capacity: 50,000)
Coach(es)Leon MacDonald
Captain(s)Patrick Tuipulotu
Most capsKeven Mealamu (164)
Top scorerAdrian Cashmore (617)
League(s)Super Rugby
Super Rugby Aotearoa
Super Rugby Trans-Tasman
2021Super Rugby Aotearoa
Super Rugby Trans-Tasman
1st (Champions)
Team kit
Official website


Formation, Early Years and Immediate Success (1996–97)Edit

The team's logo from 1997–2000, when the team dropped the Auckland prefix from its official name.

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 provincial unions, with the Blues representing the Auckland, Counties Manukau and Thames Valley unions, while the neighbouring Waikato Chiefs representing the Waikato, Bay of Plenty, King Country, Northland and North Harbour unions. As the amount of international representatives in the Auckland region was thought to be unfair, it was split up between The Blues and The Chiefs. 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 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 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)Edit

By the end of the 1990s the number of international representatives 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 provincial 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. Generally supporters in the South Auckland region identify as Blues supporters even though they are technically in the Chiefs region. In 2000, the Auckland Blues dropped the Auckland prefix from their name, and became known simply as 'Blues'.

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.[citation needed]

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 team'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.[citation needed]

Super 14 Era (2006–10)Edit

Blues playing against the Crusaders in Eden Park in 2008

The expanded 14 team competition could not 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 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.[1] 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 was not able to make significant improvements under his leadership for the remainder of Super 14, missing the playoffs in both the 2009 and 2010 seasons.

Super Rugby Era (2011–present)Edit

2011 seasonEdit

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 South 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.[2] Following his diagnosis, he took an indefinite break from rugby to focus on his health.[3]

2012 seasonEdit

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 24 February 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.[4] 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.[5][6] Lam, who is of Samoan descent, received support from a number of former Blues players during this period, including Michael Jones and Eroni Clarke.[6] 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 17 July, Pat Lam was released. On the same day, Sir John Kirwan was appointed as head coach for the 2013 and 2014 seasons.[7] 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.[8]

2013 seasonEdit

The 2013 season saw an all new Blues team with many players leaving, including Ma'a Nonu to the Highlanders[9] and Gareth Anscombe to the Chiefs.[10] On the morning of 31 October 2012 new coach Sir John Kirwan announced the 2013 Blues squad which included 14 Super Rugby debutants, and Ali Williams taking over as captain.[11] Handed a bye on the first round the Blues started the regular season on 23 February 2013 with a 34–20 away win against the Hurricanes, followed by a 34–15 home win against the Crusaders the next week. 3 consecutive losses followed, including the Bulls first victory at Eden Park.[12] The Blues regained some form again, winning 4 of the next 5 games. Beating the Highlanders at home and completing the double over the Hurricanes with a 28–6 win at Eden Park before losing a close game against the Reds. The Blues then defeated both the Stormers and the Rebels before losing 3 games in a row to the Crusaders, Brumbies, and Highlanders respectively. The Blues then travelled to South Africa with two must win games against the Sharks and the Cheetahs, unfortunately losing both and ending the Blues chances of making the play-offs. Ali Williams played his 100th game for the Blues against the Sharks.[13] The Blues returned to New Zealand with a last home game against the already play-off qualified Chiefs. Despite a red card to Kane Barrett for stomping in the 23rd minute, the Blues played a remarkably strong game, taking the lead just after half-time but a yellow card to first-five Baden Kerr struck another blow for the Blues. The mounting Chiefs pressure paid off resulting in a Ben Tameifuna try with 17 minutes to go, winning the game for the Chiefs. The Blues walked off the field to a standing ovation from their fans, the first time an Eden Park crowd had been upstanding for a defeat.[14]

The Blues finished the season in 10th place, with 6 players earning All Black call ups and Frank Halai as the team's top try scorer scoring 10 tries in his debut season. They signed international super star Benji Marshall for the 2014 season (only to return to league with the Dragons halfway through it) and Ma'a Nonu for two seasons starting in 2014.

2014 seasonEdit

The Blues 2014 season started with coach Sir John Kirwan announcing 6 new players to the squad including three All Blacks with the return of Ma'a Nonu and Tony Woodcock after they both played with the Highlanders for a season, and Jerome Kaino. This also included former NRL player Benji Marshall who had previously played with the Wests Tigers for 10 years.[15]

The Blues season started with an away loss to the Highlanders, going down 29–21. The next week they played their first home game of the season at Eden Park, defeating the Crusaders 35–24. They travelled to South Africa for two games against the Sharks and the Lions, losing both games but coming away with a losing bonus point against the Lions. They returned to New Zealand for two home games against the Cheetahs and the Highlanders, both of which they won bringing the up to 6th place on the ladder. The team travelled to Canberra to face the Brumbies and were defeated 26–9, and were defeated again by the Hurricanes in wellington after a bye week. This was followed by two home games against the Waratahs and the Reds, winning both and coming away with a bonus point win against the Reds. They then lost their next two games going down to the Chiefs and the Sharks, picking up a losing bonus point against the Sharks. They returned to Eden park to defeat the Hurricanes, followed by a bonus point win in Perth against the Western Force. This put them into 8th place on the ladder with two games to play in the regular season before finals, needing to place in the top 6 for a spot in the play-offs. They lost to the Crusaders in Christchurch, therefore to make the finals they needed to win their final game against the Chiefs who were in the same situation. They lost their final game against the Chiefs going down 11–8, putting them out of the finals and ending a six-game winning streak at Eden Park for the season. The Blues finished 10th overall and 5th place in the New Zealand conference.[16]

Ihaia West, Patrick Tuipulotu, Benji Marshall, and Tom Donnelly all made their Blues super rugby debut in the 2014 season.

2015 seasonEdit

The 2015 season started with coach Sir John Kirwan announcing the Blues squad, with the inclusion of 11 new players after losing 12 players including Ma'a Nonu and Piri Weepu, who both played over 100 super rugby games.[17]

The Blues season started with a loss to the Chiefs, going down 23–18, picking up a losing bonus point. This was followed by an unsuccessful tour of South Africa, going down to the Stormers and Cheetahs, coming away with a single bonus point from a 25–24 loss to the Cheetahs. This was followed by four consecutive losses against the Lions, Hurricanes, Waratahs and Chiefs, 3 of which they picked up a losing bonus point. Their first win of the season came against the Brumbies at Eden Park with a 16–14 victory, ending the Blues 9 game losing streak. This was followed by consecutive losses against the Highlanders and Crusaders, picking up a bonus point against the Highlanders. This was followed by a strong 41–24 win against the Force. Their next game against the Rebels was their final away game of the season, they lost 42–22, ending the season with no away wins, having only won two away games in the last three years. Their final four games were all at home with high hopes of finishing the season on a high. They won the first game 23–18 against the South African conference leaders the Bulls, however this was their last win of the season going down in their final three games against the Hurricanes, Crusaders and Highlanders. This ended the franchises worst super rugby season,[18] ending in 14th place ahead of the Force, with just 3 from 16 wins for the season.

The end of the season was marked by the resignation of coach Sir John Kirwan, who had been with the team for the last three years winning just 17 out of 58 games. The Blues signed former All Black captain Tana Umaga to replace Sir John Kirwan as head coach of the Blues.[19]

2016 seasonEdit

2017 seasonEdit

On 7 June the Blues defeated the British and Irish Lions 22–26 at Eden Park.

On 15 July they lost to the Sunwolves by 48–21.[20]

Season-by-Season summaryEdit

Super 12 Super 14 Super Rugby

A season-by-season summary of Blues regular season results and playoff fixtures is shown below:

Season-by-Season Results
Year Played Win Draw Loss PF PA Diff BP Points Place Playoffs
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 Brumbies in final)
1998 11 9 0 2 388 298 +90 7 43 2nd (lost to Crusaders in final)
1999 11 4 1 6 202 201 +1 5 23 9th
2000 11 6 0 5 300 262 +38 6 30 6th
2001 11 4 0 7 243 298 −55 5 21 11th
2002 11 6 0 5 318 249 +69 5 29 6th
2003 11 10 0 1 393 185 +208 9 49 1st (defeated Crusaders in final)
2004 11 6 1 4 337 309 +28 6 32 5th
2005 11 6 0 5 243 216 +27 3 27 7th
2006 13 6 0 7 290 348 −58 5 29 8th
2007 13 9 0 4 355 235 +120 6 42 4th (lost to Sharks in semi-final)
2008 13 8 0 5 354 267 +87 8 40 6th
2009 13 5 0 8 339 369 −30 12 32 9th
2010 13 7 0 6 376 333 +43 9 37 7th
2011 16 10 1 5 405 335 +70 10 60 4th (lost to Reds in semi-final)
2012 16 4 0 12 359 430 −71 8 32 12th
2013 16 6 0 10 347 364 −17 12 44 10th
2014 16 7 0 9 419 395 +24 9 37 10th
2015 16 3 0 13 282 428 −146 8 20 14th
2016 15 8 1 6 374 380 −6 5 39 11th
2017 15 7 1 7 425 391 +34 7 37 9th
2018 16 4 0 12 378 509 -131 6 22 14th
2019 16 5 1 10 347 369 -22 8 30 13th

Results per oppositionEdit

Blues Super Rugby results vs different opponents [1]

Super Rugby
Opposition Span Played Won Drawn Lost Win%
  Chiefs 1996–2020 33 11 1 21 33.3%
  Crusaders 1996–2020 35 11 0 24 31.4%
  Highlanders 1996-2019 33 17 0 16 51.5%
  Hurricanes 1996–2020 33 15 1 17 45.5%
  Brumbies 1996-2019 24 14 0 10 58.3%
  Force 2006-2017 11 9 1 1 81.8%
  Rebels 2011-2018 7 4 0 3 57.1%
  Reds 1996–2019 24 11 2 11 45.8%
  Waratahs 1996-2020 25 17 0 8 68.0%
  Bulls 1996-2020 23 14 2 7 60.9%
  Cheetahs 1997-2017 11 8 0 3 72.7%
  Lions 1996-2020 22 15 0 7 68.2%
  Sharks 1996-2019 25 9 0 16 36.0%
  Southern Kings 2016 1 1 0 0 100.0%
  Stormers 1996-2020 22 12 0 10 54.5%
  Jaguares 2016-2019 3 1 0 2 33.3%
  Sunwolves 2017-2019 3 2 0 1 66.7%
Overall 1996–2020 335 171 7 157 51.0%
Updated to: 15 March 2020


Super 12/14 (1996–2010)Edit

  • Champions (3)

1996, 1997, 2003

  • Runners-up (1)


  • Playoff Appearances (1)


Super Rugby (2011–present)Edit

  • Champions (1)


  • Playoff Appearances (1)


World Club 10sEdit

  • Champions (1)


Brisbane Global TensEdit

  • Champions (1)



Overall the Blues have dated rivalries with all other New Zealand-based Super Rugby teams (Chiefs, Hurricanes, Crusaders and Highlanders), however a notable trophy is contested between the Blues and Highlanders. The Gordon Hunter Memorial Trophy is contested between the Blues and Highlanders as a part of 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 away in 2002.


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.[21]

In addition to Eden Park, Blues home matches are occasionally held at North Harbour Stadium, home of the North Harbour Rugby Union, and Okara Park, home of the Northland Rugby Union.

Auckland Albany Whangarei
Eden Park QBE Stadium Northland Events Centre
Capacity: 50,000 Capacity: 30,000 Capacity: 18,500

Franchise area and ownershipEdit

The Blues represent the Auckland, North Harbour, and Northland rugby unions. Since 2014 the club until 2020 has been owned 60% (divided 65%, 29% and 6%) by the three unions, through Rugby Holdings Ltd., and 40% by private investor Bolton Equities Ltd. The previous Blues (and Auckland Rugby Football Union) CEO was Michael Redman, who was formerly CEO of the New Zealand Breakers basketball team. The current board is made up of six members. Don Mackinnon, also a former New Zealand Netball and High Performance Sport NZ director, took over in 2019 as Blues Chairman from Tony Carter who chaired the board since it became a stand-alone organisation in 2013. The current board includes John Hart, Sam Lotu-liga, Richard Dellabarca, Kate Daly, Grant Graham and Brian Wilsher.

Andrew Hore took up the top job as CEO of the Blues in October 2019. Hore beat off serious competition from 70 applicants to become Blues CEO and believes glory days can return to the team's home ground of Eden Park. Hore was previously CEO at the Ospreys in Wales before going on to turn around the New South Wales Waratahs and NSW Rugby before deciding it was time to return to New Zealand to the Blues' challenge.

Development teamEdit

The Blues have fielded a development team in competitions such as the Pacific Rugby Cup and in matches against other representative teams for several seasons. Known as the Blues Development XV, the squad is selected from the best emerging rugby talent in the Blues catchment area and is composed of Blues contracted players, wider training group members, under 20s, and selected club players.[22][23]


Current squadEdit

The squad for the 2021 Super Rugby Aotearoa season:[24][a][b][c][d][e][f][g]

Blues Super Rugby squad




Loose forwards

Halfbacks (Scrum-halves)

First Five-Eighths (Fly-halves)

Midfielders (Centres)

Outside backs

(c) Denotes team captain, Bold denotes internationally capped, DEV denotes a development squad player, ST denotes a short-term signing,   denotes a player ruled out for the season with injury.
  1. ^ James Parsons was named in the original Blues squad, but announced his retirement due to injury in January 2021.[25]
  2. ^ a b Bryce Heem was not named in the original Blues squad, but joined the franchise in February 2021.[26]
  3. ^ a b Macilai-Tori was named in the original Blues squad, but was subsequently ruled out with injury before the start of the season.[26]
  4. ^ a b c Choat and Tolai weren't named in the original Blues squad, but were named in the side for Round 1.[27]
  5. ^ a b Apsiai wasn't named in the original Blues squad, but was named in the side for Round 5.[28]
  6. ^ a b Hunt was named in the original Blues squad, but was subsequently ruled out for the season with injury in April 2021.[29]
  7. ^ a b c Lay & Narawa were named in the original Blues squad, but were subsequently ruled out for the season with injury in May 2021.[30]

Players that have represented the All BlacksEdit

87 officially recognized Blues players have gone on to represent the All Blacks as of the 2017 season. There have been a total of 268 players to have played for the Blues which means that 30% of all Blues over two decades have either represented the All Blacks or have gone on to represent them.

2020 coaching staffEdit



Blues coaches by date, matches and win percentage*
Coach Period G W D L %
  Sir Graham Henry 1996–1998 39 32 1 6 082.05
  Jed Rowlands 1999 11 4 1 6 036.36
  Gordon Hunter 2000 11 6 0 5 054.55
  Frank Oliver 2001 11 4 0 7 036.36
  Peter Sloane 2002–2005 46 30 1 15 065.22
  David Nucifora 2006–2008 40 23 0 17 057.50
  Pat Lam 2009–2012 64 31 1 32 048.44
  Sir John Kirwan 2013–2015 50 18 0 32 036.00
  Tana Umaga 2016–2018 46 19 2 25 041.30
  Leon MacDonald 2019–present 23 10 1 12 043.48
Totals (1996–present)* 335 171 7 157 051.04
Updated to: 15 March 2020


^* Official Super Rugby competition matches only, including finals.

Records and achievementsEdit

Individual recordsEdit

Most appearancesEdit

# Player Apps. Span
1. Keven Mealamu 164 2000–2001; 2003–2015
2. Jerome Kaino 139 2004−2012; 2014−2018
3. Tony Woodcock 137 2002–2012; 2014–2015
4. James Parsons 115 2012−2021
5. Ali Williams 102 2002−2013
6. John Afoa 101 2004–2011
7. Ofa Tu'ungafasi 100 2013-Present
8. Charlie Faumuina 99 2009–2017
9. Doug Howlett 97 1999–2007
10. Carlos Spencer 96 1996–2005
Joe Rokocoko 96 2003–2011

Most pointsEdit

# Player Pts. Span
1. Adrian Cashmore 619 1996–2000
2. Carlos Spencer 608 1996–2005
3. Luke McAlister 389 2004–2007; 2010–2011
4. Ihaia West 341 2014−2017
5. Doug Howlett 275 1999−2007
6. Joeli Vidiri 215 1996−2001
7. Isa Nacewa 208 2005−2008
8. Joe Rokocoko 195 2003−2011
9. Stephen Brett 191 2010−2011
10. Rieko Ioane 185 2016–Present

Most triesEdit

# Player Tries Span
1. Doug Howlett 55 1999–2007
2. Joeli Vidiri 43 1996–2001
3. Joe Rokocoko 39 2003–2011
4. Rieko Ioane 38 2016–Present
5. Rene Ranger 28 2009–2013, 2016–2017
6. Carlos Spencer 25 1996–2005
7. Rudi Wulf 20 2005; 2007–10; 2012
George Moala 20 2012–2018
9. Isaia Toeava 18 2007–2012
10. Mils Muliaina 16 2001–2005

Most points in a matchEdit

# Player Pts. Opposition Year
1. Gareth Anscombe 29 Bulls 2012
2. Adrian Cashmore 27 Highlanders 1998
3. Stephen Brett 26 Lions 2010
4. Adrian Cashmore 24 Bulls 1998
5. Carlos Spencer 23 Western Province 1996
Nick Evans 23 Highlanders 2008

Most tries in a matchEdit

Tries Player Opposition Year
4 Joeli Vidiri Bulls 2000
Doug Howlett Hurricanes 2002
Mils Muliaina Bulls 2002
Rieko Ioane Sunwolves 2019
3 Joeli Vidiri Waratahs 1996
Mark Carter Stormers 1998
Rupeni Caucaunibuca Crusaders 2004
Rua Tipoki Western Force 2006
Joe Rokocoko Cheetahs 2008
Joe Rokocoko Western Force 2010
Frank Halai Melbourne Rebels 2013
Rieko Ioane Melbourne Rebels 2017
Mark Telea Waratahs 2019

Most points in a seasonEdit

# Player Pts. Year
1. Adrian Cashmore 180 1998
2. Nick Evans 150 2008
3. Carlos Spencer 143 2003
4. Adrian Cashmore 142 1997
5. Stephen Brett 141 2010
6. Luke McAlister 137 2011
7. Ihaia West 130 2016
8. Simon Hickey 124 2014
9. Adrian Cashmore 118 1999
10. Jimmy Gopperth 104 2009

Most tries in a seasonEdit

Tries Player Year
12 Doug Howlett 2003
10 Joeli Vidiri 1996
Joeli Vidiri 1997
Joeli Vidiri 1998
Doug Howlett 2002
Frank Halai 2013
Rieko Ioane 2017

Team RecordsEdit

  • Highest Regular Season Placing: 1st (1996, 1997, 1998, 2003)
  • Most Wins in a Season: 10 (1997, 2003, 2011)
  • Most Points in a Season: 435 (1997)
  • Most Tries in a Season: 56 (1996, 1997)
  • Fewest Wins in a Season: 3 (2015)
  • Fewest Points in a Season: 202 (1999)
  • Fewest Tries in a Season: 15 (1999)
  • Biggest Win: 60 – 7 (53 point win in 2002 vs. Hurricanes – Wellington)
  • Biggest Loss: 12 – 59 (37 point loss in 2012 vs. Crusaders - Christchurch)
  • Most points ever scored in a game: 74 (74 - 28 win in 1998 vs. Stormers - Auckland)
  • Fewest points ever scored in a game: 3 (3 - 20 loss in 2004 vs. Reds - Brisbane), (3 - 23 loss in 2013 vs. Crusaders - Christchurch)


All time recordEdit

  • Games played: 290
  • Games won: 154
  • Games lost: 131
  • Games drawn: 5
  • Winning percentage: 53.10%
  • Points for: 7750
  • Points against: 6983
  • Tries for: 922
  • Tries conceded: 767

Record updated as of Round 9 v Brumbies, 2017


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Preceded by
Inaugural Champions
Super 12 Champions
1996 (first title) – 1997 (second title)
2003 (third title)
Succeeded by