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Dean Budd (born 31 July 1986) is a New Zealand-born, Italian rugby union player. His usual position is as a Lock, and he currently plays for Benetton.

Dean Budd
Dean Budd 2017.jpg
Date of birth (1986-07-31) 31 July 1986 (age 32)
Place of birthWhangarei, New Zealand
Height1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)
Weight108 kg (17 st 0 lb; 238 lb)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Lock
Current team Benetton
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2008–10 Auckland 7 (5)
2009 Blues 5 (5)
2011 Northland 13 (35)
2011–12 NEC Green Rockets 2 (0)
2012– Benetton 77 (45)
Correct as of 16 October 2017
Current local club Benetton
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2017– Italy 14 (5)
Correct as of 16 November 2018

Budd played in the NPC with the shirt of Northland, while also training with the Auckland Blues in the Super Rugby. Also suitable as a second row, Budd is a good jumper and is famous for his fancy offloads. He comes from the NEC Green Rockets, a team of Japanese Championship before joining Benetton.

Budd arrived in Italy in the season 2012/2013 from the Japanese club NEC Green Rockets. Having spent 5 years at the club, Budd has won 85 caps to date.

In April 2017, Budd signed a contract renewal with Treviso for the 2017/18 season and beyond.

Treviso Head Coach Kieran Crowley named Budd as captain for the 2017–18 season. He is currently living with his pet dog Due.


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