Daniel John Braid (born 23 February 1981) is a former rugby union player from New Zealand who captained Sale Sharks in the English Premiership. He played at open-side flanker. Previously, he played for the Blues in Super Rugby. He also won six full caps for the All Blacks between 2002 and 2010.
|Birth name||Daniel Joshua Braid|
|Date of birth||23 February 1981|
|Place of birth||Tauranga, New Zealand|
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||94 kg (14 st 11 lb)|
|School||Tauranga Boys' College|
King's College, Auckland
|University||University of Auckland|
|Notable relative(s)||Luke Braid (brother)|
Gary Braid (father)
|Rugby union career|
He played three Tests for the All Blacks in 2002 and 2003, and for the Junior All Blacks in the 2007 Pacific Nations Cup. He was named New Zealand 'Player of the Year' in 2007. In July 2008, he played another international against Australia and in November 2010 made two more international appearances.
Braid left New Zealand in 2009, and broke new ground when he signed with the Queensland Reds. In April he signed with the Scarlets in Wales, but ruptured his Achilles tendon and so the agreement was abandoned. In 2009 he signed on for an extra year with the Reds.
At the conclusion of the 2012 ITM Cup, Braid signed a short-term contract with English premiership team Sale Sharks. Following the end of the 2012–13 season Dan signed a full-time contract and has since been given the captaincy for the 2013–14 season and subsequently the 2014–15 season.
- Knight, Lindsay. "Daniel Braid Player Profile". All Blacks. New Zealand Rugby Football Union. Retrieved 9 May 2012.
- "Daniel Braid Player Profile". Blues. Archived from the original on 19 April 2012. Retrieved 9 May 2012.
- Worthington, Sam (16 May 2009). "Injured Braid studies options". Dominion Post. Retrieved 27 September 2011.
- Tucker, Jim (6 August 2009). "Queensland Reds gazump ACT Brumbies in Lei Tomiki fight". Courier Mail. News. Retrieved 16 August 2011.
- "Sale Sharks: Dan Braid replaces Dave Seymour as captain". BBC. 13 August 2013. Retrieved 13 August 2013.