Daniel Braid

Daniel Braid


  • Number: 101
  • Position: Flanker
  • Born: 13/02/81
  • Province: Auckland
  • Blues Debut: 2003 v Waratahs
  • Blues Caps: 80
  • Blues Points: 35
  • Breakdown: 7T
  • Test Caps: 4
  • Test Points: 5
  • Test Debut: 2002 v Wales

Daniel Braid had the ill luck to be an open-side flanker playing at the same time as Richie McCaw. But while his test chances were limited, Braid still enjoyed a successful career when he entered Auckland sides in the early 2000s along with his schoolmate Angus Macdonald, who also went on to perform well for the Blues and briefly become an All Black.

Tigerish and quick to the loose ball, Braid moved to the Reds for the 2009-10 Super 14. But from 2011 Braid added another 22 to his 59 appearances with the Blues when he returned from Australia. At the end of 2012, Braid moved over to the Northern Hemisphere to play for the Sale Sharks.