Dominic Bird

New Zealand national rugby union team Crusaders (rugby union) Chiefs (rugby union)

Dominic Bird
Birth nameDominic Joseph Bird
Date of birth (1991-04-09) 9 April 1991 (age 29)
Place of birthWaipukurau, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
Height2.06 m (6 ft 9 in)
Weight112 kg (17 st 9 lb; 247 lb)
SchoolCentral Hawkes Bay College
UniversityLincoln University
SpouseHelena Miles
ChildrenArthur Bird
Rugby union career
Position(s) Lock
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2018– Racing 92 31 (10)
Correct as of 20 December 2019 at 01:06:30 PM (AEST)
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
2011– Canterbury 52 (25)
Correct as of 28 October 2017
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
2013–2015
2016−2018
Crusaders
Chiefs
31
27
(5)
(10)
Correct as of 20 July 2018
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2011
2013–2017
New Zealand U20
New Zealand
5
2
(0)
(0)
Correct as of 17 November 2014

Dominic Bird (born 9 April 1991) is a New Zealand rugby union player who plays as a lock for Canterbury in the Mitre 10 Cup and for the Chiefs in Super Rugby[1] Bird has previously played for the Crusaders and has also been capped for the All Blacks.

Early life

Bird was educated at Central Hawkes Bay College. He debuted for the 1st XV in 2007 and went on to captain the side in 2008 in a historic victory over Hastings Boys High school alongside other key players the likes of Bredon Edmonds (NZ Maori), Mua Sala (Spain) and Andrew Burne (Napier Tech). Born in Hawke's Bay, Bird moved to Christchurch where he attended Lincoln University on a Rugby Scholarship.[2]

Career

Bird was a member of the New Zealand Under 20 team won the 2011 IRB Junior World Championship in Italy.[3]

Bird having been a member of the Crusaders Wider Training Group in 2012 he was selected as a senior squad member for the 2013 Super Rugby season.[4][5] Bird was selected for the 2013 All Blacks wider training squad of 38 to train for the June test series against France and went on to make his international debut against Japan in November, starting for them in the 54-6 win before being replaced by Sam Whitelock.[6] Bird broke the record for tallest All Black in history on his debut, standing 1 cm taller than previous record holder, the now-retired Mark Cooksley. Bird made another appearance for the All Blacks one year later, starting against Scotland in a 24-16 win on the 2014 end-of-year tour after being called in as cover for Luke Romano.

Bird switched Super Rugby teams to the Chiefs for the 2016 Super Rugby season, forming a formidable locking partnership with All Blacks team-mate Brodie Retallick. Bird became a regular starter for the Chiefs, starting for them against the touring British and Irish Lions team in 2017, with the Chiefs losing to the Lions 34-6. Bird also went on to start in the knockout rounds but the Chiefs were eliminated from the competition in the semi-final against Bird's former team the Crusaders who went on to win the competition. After a solid Mitre 10 Cup campaign, Bird was re-selected for the All Blacks for the 2017 end-of-year tour afer three years' absence from international rugby. This came after Bird started against the All Blacks for the Barbarians in a 22-31 loss to the All Blacks. Bird started for the All Blacks against a French XV on 14 November and was not subbed off, with the All Blacks winning 28-23.

References

  1. ^ "Dominic Bird Canterbury Player Profile". Archived from the original on 1 October 2012. Retrieved 29 October 2012.
  2. ^ "Super Rugby Profile: Crusaders – Dominic Bird". Retrieved 21 November 2012.
  3. ^ "Dominic Bird IRB JWC profile". Archived from the original on 26 January 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2012.
  4. ^ "Dominic Bird Crusaders Player Profile". stuff.co.nz. 26 September 2012. Archived from the original on 7 February 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2012.
  5. ^ "Big lock spurns John Kirwan's overtures". stuff.co.nz. 26 September 2012. Retrieved 29 October 2012.
  6. ^ "Lanky NZ lock Bird ready for Test debut".