Andrew Blowers heading overseas


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Former All Black and current Blues wider training group player Andrew Blowers is to leave the Blues to again play rugby overseas.

The New Zealand Rugby Union and Auckland Rugby Football Union have agreed to release the 31-year-old flanker from his contracts so he can join the Bristol rugby club in England.

NZRU Deputy Chief Executive Steve Tew said while it was disappointing that Blowers was leaving, the NZRU accepted his reasons.

“It is very rare for us to agree to release a player midway through their contract and not something we normally agree to. As part of his release, we have received a substantial payment from Bristol,” he said.

“We understand Andrew’s decision and wish him the best,” Mr Tew added.

Auckland RFU Chief Executive Andy Dalton said Andrew had been a respected member of the rugby community in Auckland.

“He has been a long-standing and well-regarded representative of Auckland. We wish him all the best in his transfer to Bristol.”

Blowers played for the All Blacks at the age of 21 in 1996 and went on to play for the All Blacks in 18 games, including 11 Tests. He played overseas for Northampton and in Japan before returning to New Zealand for the 2006 season.

He was drafted to the Highlanders for the Rebel Sport Super 14 campaign but was inured pre-season and missed the campaign. He played for Auckland in last year’s Air New Zealand Cup and was picked in the Blues wider training group for 2006.

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