Tasmanian-born Derren Whitcombe joined the Blues in 2002 and in 2007 he brought up his 100th first-class match during the Rebel Sport Super 14. Whitcombe will play for the Junior All Blacks in 2007 when the side attempts to retain its Pacific Nations Cup title. He made a welcome return to the Blues after missing the 2006 season with a serious neck injury whilst playing for Auckland against Canterbury. He played five Tests for the All Blacks in 2005 and is regarded as a top scrummaging hooker. His accurate lineout throwing will also enhance the Blues set-piece accuracy. He has previously represented Northland in cricket as a wicket keeper / batsman.
2005 v Fiji
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2005 Jun 10 v Fiji at Albany 91-0 (-) Jun 25 v British & Irish Lions at Christchurch 21-3 (+) Jul 2 v British & Irish Lions at Wellington 48-18 (+) Aug 7 v South Africa at Cape Town 16-22 (+) Aug 13 v Australia at Sydney 30-13 (+) Below figures correct at beginning of the 2007 rugby calendar: Provincial Caps 47 Provincial Points 10 (2t) Provincial Debut 2001 v Taranaki (Northland) Super 14 Caps 39 Super 14 Points 15 (3t) Super 14 Debut 2002 v Hurricanes