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Blues

Blues (formerly the Auckland Blues) are a professional New Zealand rugby union team based in Auckland, New Zealand which represents the Northland, North Harbour and Auckland unions in the SupeRugby competition.

Like New Zealand's four other Super Rugby sides, the Blues were established by the NZRU in 1996.

The Blues won the competition in each of its first two seasons, 1996 and 1997, and lost narrowly to the Canterbury Crusaders in the 1998 final at Eden Park.

The team's initial burst of success was followed by a period of modest success, before a resurgent side went on to win the 2003 competition, defeating the Crusaders in the final.

Since the expansion of the competition to fourteen sides in 2006, the Blues have had mixed results. The side's sole playoff appearance since the expansion came in 2007, when they lost to the Sharks in the semi-final in Durban.