All Blacks legend Tana Umaga has stepped down from his role as Blues assistant coach to focus on his new family business.
The Blues scored a late try to seal a win over the Highlanders in the Super Rugby Trans-Tasman final in Auckland on Saturday and break their 18-year title drought.
The Blues have made just one change to their starting XV, while the Highlanders have named an unchanged team for the Trans-Tasman final between the sides at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday.
No 8 Hoskins Sotutu scored two tries as the Blues beat the Force on Saturday to secure a Trans-Tasman home final against the Highlanders next week.
The Blues faded after a fast start but held on to deny the resurgent Reds for a 31-24 Super Rugby Trans-Tasman win in Brisbane on Friday.
The Blues ran in five tries to record a commanding 38-10 win over the Brumbies at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday.
Sharks centre Jeremy Ward has come within two seconds of All Blacks flyhalf Beauden Barrett’s fitness drill record.
Bryce Heem led the Blues’ onslaught with a hat-trick as they recorded a commanding 48-21 win over the Waratahs at Eden Park on Saturday.
Carlos Spencer came to the fore as the 1997 Blues claimed a 24-14 victory over the 2019 Crusaders in Game 7 of the Greatest Super Rugby Team tournament.
The 2019 Crusaders will be hoping for some Mo’unga magic to contain Carlos Spencer and the 1997 Blues in Game 7 of the Greatest Super Rugby Team tournament.