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Blues

The Blues represent the three provincial unions in the top portion of New Zealand’s North Island: the Auckland, North Harbour and Northland unions. The South Auckland-based Counties Manukau was an original franchise member union in 1996 and 1997 and Thames Valley joined in 1998 for one season, before these two provincial unions were switched to the Chiefs, to be replaced by Northland and North Harbour. 

The Gordon Hunter memorial is played for between the two sides in memory of Gordon Hunter who coached both the Blues and the Highlanders before dying of cancer in 2002. Since then, the trophy has been contested annually between the sides but in recent years has changed to when the current holders are playing at home. The Highlanders were the first team to lift the trophy in 2002 with a 20-13 win and have now claimed the trophy on 10 separate occasions compared to the Blues nine trophy lifts.

Club Website

15 Wins

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20 Wins

Results

1996: Blues v Highlanders, 51-29

1997: Highlanders v Blues, 28-45

1998: Blues v Highlanders, 41-22

1998: Blues v Highlanders, 37-31 (semi-final)

1999: Highlanders v Blues, 19-13

2000: Blues v Highlanders, 26-16

2001: Highlanders v Blues, 23-8

2002: Blues v Highlanders, 13-20

2003: Highlanders v Blues, 22-11

2004: Blues v Highlanders, 50-22

2005: Highlanders v Blues, 14-30

2006: Highlanders v Blues, 25-13

2007: Blues v Highlanders, 28-9

2008: Highlanders v Blues, 15-40

2009: Blues v Highlanders 26-6

2010: Highlanders v Blues 15-19

2011: Highlanders v Blues, 10-15 & Blues v Highlanders, 33- 15

2012: Highlanders v Blues, 30-27 & Blues v Highlanders, 20-27

2013:Blues v Highlanders, 29-18 & Highlanders v Blues, 38-28

2014: Highlanders v Blues, 29-21 & Blues v Highlanders, 31-12

2015: Highlanders v Blues, 30-24 & Blues v Highlanders, 7-44

2016: Blues v Highlanders, 33-31

2017: Blues v Highlanders, 12-16 & Highlanders v Blues, 26-20

2018: Highlanders v Blues, 41-34 & Blues v Highlanders 16-34

2019: Blues v Highlanders,33-26 & Highlanders v Blues, 24-12

2020: Blues v Highlanders, 27-24 & Highlanders v Blues, 21-32

2021: Blues v Highlanders, 39-17 & Highlanders v Blues, 35-29 & Blues v Highlanders, 23-15

Honours Board

Super Rugby Trans Tasman

Champions

2021

super 15

Semi-finalists

2011

super 14

Semi-finalists

2007

super 12

Champions

2003

super 12

Finalists

1998

super 12

Champions

1997

super 12

Champions

1996