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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.

Daniel Braid
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Birth nameDaniel Joshua Braid
Date of birth (1981-02-23) 23 February 1981 (age 38)
Place of birthTauranga, New Zealand
Height1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight94 kg (14 st 11 lb)
SchoolTauranga Boys' College
King's College, Auckland
UniversityUniversity of Auckland
Notable relative(s)Luke Braid (brother)
Gary Braid (father)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Flanker
All Black No. 1027
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2012– Sale Sharks 57 (75)
Correct as of 29 August 2015
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
100 (65)
Correct as of 2 June 2012
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
Correct as of 03 June 2013
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2002–2010 New Zealand 6 (5)
Correct as of 10 April 2012


Braid made his debut for Auckland in 2001 and for the Blues in 2003. He won ITM Cups for Auckland in 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2007. For the Blues he won the 2003 Super 12.

He played three Tests for the All Blacks in 2002 and 2003, and for the Junior All Blacks in the 2007 Pacific Nations Cup.[1] He was named New Zealand 'Player of the Year' in 2007.[2] 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.[1] In April he signed with the Scarlets in Wales, but ruptured his Achilles tendon and so the agreement was abandoned.[3] In 2009 he signed on for an extra year with the Reds.[4]

In 2011 Braid returned to the Blues[2] but was released at the end of 2012 by incoming coach Sir John Kirwan.

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.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

Braid's younger brother Luke Braid is also a professional rugby player with the Blues. Their father Gary Braid played for the All Blacks in 1983.


  1. ^ a b Knight, Lindsay. "Daniel Braid Player Profile". All Blacks. New Zealand Rugby Football Union. Retrieved 9 May 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Daniel Braid Player Profile". Blues. Archived from the original on 19 April 2012. Retrieved 9 May 2012.
  3. ^ Worthington, Sam (16 May 2009). "Injured Braid studies options". Dominion Post. Retrieved 27 September 2011.
  4. ^ Tucker, Jim (6 August 2009). "Queensland Reds gazump ACT Brumbies in Lei Tomiki fight". Courier Mail. News. Retrieved 16 August 2011.
  5. ^ "Sale Sharks: Dan Braid replaces Dave Seymour as captain". BBC. 13 August 2013. Retrieved 13 August 2013.

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