Blues

Kaino to captain Blues in Super Rugby

All Blacks flanker Jerome Kaino will be tasked with leading the Blues in next year's Super Rugby competition.

Rugby

Chiefs kill off Blues to secure Super Rugby finals berth

Tormentor in Chief: Liam Squire breaks clear of the Blues defence at Eden Park.

Liam Napier   The champs are alive, and in the process, the Chiefs have killed off the Hurricanes' and Blues' faint Super Rugby playoff hopes.

Rugby

Nemani Nadolo brace leads Crusaders to win over Blues

Wrapped up: Crusaders veteran Andy Ellis is smashed by Blues forward Tony Woodcock.

Two tries to the Crusaders' powerhouse Fijian winger Nemani Nadolo wrapped up a 21-13 Super Rugby win over the Blues in Christchurch on Saturday.

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Rugby

Western Force flogged by Auckland Blues

Western wobbles: Sam Wykes tries to make a break for the Force against the Blues.

A stunning opening assault from the Auckland Blues powered them to a 40-14 win over the Western Force in their Super 15 clash in Perth on Saturday night.

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Rugby

Jerome Kaino leads Blues to win over Hurricanes

Luke Braid of the Blues charges forward during the round 16 Super Rugby match between the Blues and the Hurricanes at Eden Park.

Jerome Kaino boomed out his All Blacks credentials as the Blues dealt the Hurricanes' Super Rugby playoff hopes a blow with a 37-24 win in Auckland.

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Rugby

Sharks too strong for Blues

Down you come: Francois Steyn tackles Ma'a Nonu.

Playing a quarter of the match with 14 men, the Sharks ground out a 29-23 Super Rugby win over the Blues in Auckland on Friday.

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Chiefs cement top spot with win over Blues

Ma'a Nonu of the Blues passes as Bundee Aki of the Chiefs looks on.

The Chiefs marked their first home match in New Plymouth with a 32-20 Super Rugby victory over the Blues that cements their position at the top of the New Zealand conference.

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Rugby

Queensland Reds thrashed by Blues in Auckland

Flattened: Quade Cooper and the Reds were given a torrid time by the Blues in Auckland.

Jim Morton   Richard Graham's first season guiding Queensland has spiralled out of control in an Eden Park mess with the Reds thumped 44-14 by the Blues.

Rugby

Gareth Anscombe may return to Blues following Benji Marshall departure

Gareth Anscombe

Liam Napier   Pride needs to be swallowed by both parties but the Blues will strongly consider welcoming Gareth Anscombe back next year.

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Rugby

Blues v NSW Waratahs

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Eden Park, Auckland, Friday 3.30pm (AEST)

Rugby

Rookie playmakers a target for Tahs

Rookie five-eighth: Simon Hickey

Alastair Bull   The Blues' chances of a season turnaround against the NSW Waratahs may depend largely on two lightly-framed Super Rugby rookie playmakers who expect to be targeted in defence.

Union

Benji Marshall could have been a rugby star: Stephen Larkham

Benji Marshall's experiment with the 15-man code has lasted only six months.

Chris Dutton   Wallabies great Stephen Larkham says Benji Marhsall could have been a Super Rugby star, insisting the code-swapping playmaker "just needed time" to transfer his talent to rugby union.

Rugby

From Benchy to Bungee Marshall

Benji Marshall

Daniel Gilhooly   Benji Marshall says he had a decent crack at rugby union. But did he really?

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Rugby

Benji Marshall seeks return to NRL

Benji Marshall has played just 212 minutes of Super Rugby for the Blues.

Brad Walter   Benji Marshall is set to return to the NRL this season after he and Blues coach John Kirwan agreed his switch to rugby union was not working out as they had both hoped.

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Hurricanes v Blues

Westpac Stadium, Wellington, Friday 5.35pm (AEST)

Weepu fully recovered; returns to Blues

Piri Weepu suffered a minor stroke.

Veteran halfback Piri Weepu is to resume training with the Blues after making a full recovery from his stroke and minor heart surgery.

Rugby

Blues insist Benji Marshall here for the long haul

Going nowhere: The Blues are adamant Benji Marshall will see out his two-year contract.

Liam Napier   Constant scrutiny continues to swirl around Benji Marshall’s indifferent code switch and, indeed, future but for now the Blues insist he will see out his two-year contract.

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Rugby

Benji Marshall in sights of English Super League club

Benji Marshall

Super Rugby’s high profile recruit Benji Marshall could be off to the English Super League after struggling to get game time at the Blues this season.

Brumbies v Blues

Injury scare ... Matt Toomua.

David Polkinghorne   The Brumbies take on the Blues from 7.40pm at Canberra Stadium.

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Union

What we learned: ACT Brumbies vs Auckland Blues

Pat McCabe.

Chris Dutton and David Polkinghorne   All the talking points from the Brumbies' clash against the Blues at Canberra Stadium.