Blues re-sign talented trio for two years
Blues No.8 Jerome Kaino attempts to score against the Crusaders.
Blues centre Rene Ranger on the charge.
Blues loosehead prop Tom McCartney attempts to charge the kick of Crusaders first five Tyler Bleyendaal.
Crusaders captain Kieran Read is tackled by Blues fullback Isaia Toeava.
Blues blindside flanker Chris Lowrey and Blues No.8 Jerome Kaino atempt to score against the Crusaders.
Blues first five Michael Hobbs is tackled by Crusaders second five Ryan Crotty.
Blues wing David Raikuna celebrates his try with Blues openside flanker Daniel Braid.
Blues captain Keven Mealamu in action against the Crusaders.
Blues replacement Piri Weepu in action against the Crusaders.
Jerome Kaino attempts to charge the kick of Crusaders halfback Andy Ellis.
The Blues' David Raikuna is tackled during their second round loss against the Chiefs.
Piri Weepu and Jerome Kaino of the Blues chase down Aaron Cruden and the ball.
Isaia Toeava of the Blues makes a break during the round two Super Rugby match between the Chiefs and the Blues.
Piri Weepu runs at the Chiefs line after coming on as a second half substitute.
Benson Stanley passes to his right, under pressure from Sonny Bill Williams.
Blues first-five Michael Hobbs is hit by Sonny Bill Williams after punting the ball downfield.
Jacques Potgieter of the Bulls is tackled by Benson Stanley and Luke Braid of the Blues.
Alby Mathewson of the Blues in action against the Bulls.
Ali Williams of the Blues and Juandre Kruger of the Bulls.
Ma'a Nonu of the Blues is tackled by Morne Steyn of the Bulls.
Rene Ranger of the Blues is tackled by Akona Ndungane of the Bulls.
Wynand Olivier of the Bulls is tackled by Daniel Braid of the Blues.
Andries Bekker of the Stormers charges the Blues' defence.
Stormers hooker Tiaan Liebenberg charges the Blues' defence.
Blues centre Ma'a Nonu finds a gap against the Stormers.
Chris Lowrey of the Blues passes against the Stormers.
Stormers flanker Duane Vermeulen wins the lineout dagainst the Blues.
Blues lock Ali Williams claims a restart against the Hurricanes.
Hurricanes fullback Andre Taylor steps past Blues fullback Lachie Munro as he heads to the try-line.
Blues second five eighth Ma'a Nonu dives over to score in the tackle of Hurricanes flanker Jack Lam.
Ma'a Nonu of the Blues celebrates with Piri Weepu after scoring a try against the Hurricanes at Eden Park.
Gareth Anscombe of the Blues is hauled in by Rebels defenders during their round seven match.
Ma'a Nonu of the Blues looks to get past James O’Connor of the Rebels.
Ali Williams of the Blues runs with the ball against the Rebels.
Rudi Wulf of the Blues is tackled by Rebels defenders during their round seven match.
James O’Connor of the Rebels celebrates with Mitch Inman after he scored against the Blues.
The Rebels celebrate after they defeated the Blues.
The Blues are disconsolate after conceding a try to the Sharks.
Blues fans show their support for coach Pat Lam.
Michael Hobbs juggles the ball during the Blues loss to the Sharks.
Ma'a Nonu chases JP Pietersen and the ball during the Blues' loss to the Sharks.
Ma'a Nonu and Gareth Anscombe discuss tactics during the Blues' loss to the Sharks.
Blues players celebrate Benson Stanley's try against the Sharks.
Highlanders player Hosea Gear about to be tackled by Blues players.
Highlanders' Jarrad Hoeata tackling Blues' George Moala.
Blues player Tom McCartney lines up the Highlanders' Adam Thomson.
Rene Ranger of the Blues dives for the tryline against the Highlanders.
Tom McCartney of the Blues shows his disappointment after their loss to the Highlanders at Forsyth Barr Stadium.
Blues tighthead prop Charlie Faumuina tackled by Reds' Scott Higginbotham.
Blues first five Gareth Anscombe tries to escape from Reds centre Digby Ioane.
Blues lock Filo Paulo scragged by Reds first five Ben Lucas.
Reds centre Digby Ioane runs at Blues second-five Ma'a Nonu.
Hurricanes' Karl Lowe on the charge against the Blues.
Victor Vito wins the ball over Ma'a Nonu.
Cory Jane slips through a Piri Weepu tackle.
Blues' Piri Weepu passes against the Hurricanes.
Blues centre Ma'a Nonu runs at Lions halfback Ross Cronje.
Blues halfback Piri Weepu tries to escape from Lions flanker Grant Hattingh.
Blues wing Benson Stanley is tackled by Lions wing Deon Van Rensburg.
Blues wing Benson Stanley tries to step Lions fullback Andries Coetzee.
Blues second-five Michael Hobbs scores the opening try against the Lions.
Referee Angus Gardner issues a yellow card to Deon van Rensburg of the Lions.
Blues right wing David Raikuna in action against the Lions.
David Raikuna (L) and Ma'a Nonu against the Crusaders at the new AMI Stadium at Rugby League Park in Christchurch.
Zac Guildford is tackled by Angus Ta'avao (top) and Steven Luata of the Blues at the new AMI Stadium at Rugby League Park in Christchurch.
Robbie Fruean on attack against the Blues at the new AMI Stadium at Rugby League Park in Christchurch.
Dan Carter cool under pressure against the Blues at the new AMI Stadium at Rugby League Park in Christchurch.
Highlanders centre Tamati Ellison is tackled by Blues' second-five Michael Hobbs.
Blues reserves Piri Weepu, Ma'a Nonu and Ali Williams on the bench against the Highlanders.
Highlanders left wing Hosea Gear in action against the Blues.
Blues right wing David Raikuna is scragged by Highlanders halfback Jimmy Cowan.
Blues tighthead prop Tevita Mailau scores against the Highlanders.
Rene Ranger sets up the Blues' second try.
Lachie Munroe scores for the Blues.
Chiefs and Blues players have a group hug at North Harbour Stadium.
Blues player Francis Saili is tackled by Chiefs player Sona Taumalolo.
Francis Saili is tackled by the Force's Nick Cummins.
Francis Saili fends the Force's Will Tupou.
Piri Weepu in action against the Force.
Ma'a Nonu in action against the Force.
Luke Braid in action against the Force.
Ma'a Nonu of the Blues is tackled against the Brumbies at Canberra Stadium.
Alby Mathewson of the Blues kicks the ball against the Brumbies at Canberra Stadium.
Blues players celebrate after winning their round 18 match against the Brumbies at Canberra Stadium.
Robbie Coleman of the Brumbies is tackled against the Blues at Canberra Stadium.
They may be on a seven game losing streak, but the embattled Blues have at least won the signatures of three key young players.
Charlie Faumuina, Luke Braid and Tom McCartney have each signed new two-year deals to stay with the Auckland franchise. McCartney debuted for the Blues in 2008 while Faumuina played his first game for the Aucklanders in 2009. Braid made his Super Rugby debut in 2009 for the Chiefs before relocating to the Blues last season. Prop Faumuina said he is committed to helping get the Blues, who have lost nine of their 10 Super Rugby games this season, back on a winning path. "I enjoy being part of the Blues, I am proud to wear the jersey and am determined more than ever to do what I can to help this team get back to where it should be." The sentiment was echoed by teammate Braid, who is currently captaining the side in the absence of injured skipper Kevin Mealamu. "There is no doubt we're doing it tough this year, but the Blues environment is a good one and I want to keep on being a part of it. "Playing alongside my brother [Daniel] means a lot to me and I very much want to be a part of this franchise for the future." The Blues next play the Lions, who are also languishing on a solitary win this season, at Eden Park on Friday.
CAPTAIN: Luke Braid is one of three young Blues players to have signed a two-year deal to stay with the Auckland franchise.