Dominic Bird rugby player
Dominic Bird rugby player

Dominic Bird

9th Apr 1991 2.06m/112kg No 4 Lock

Bird, the tallest member of the Crusaders squad after an impressive campaign with the 2012 ITM Cup Premiership-winning Canterbury team cemented his spot in the starting squad of Crusaders during 2013.

After two seasons in the Crusaders’ wider training group and only a single provincial cap prior to the 2012 season, patience and hard work paid off for Bird in the 2012 ITM Cup competition. He appeared in every match for Canterbury and shone as one of the best lineout technicians in the competition.

He made his All Blacks debut against Japan in 2013 and was also part of the 2011 New Zealand U20 IRB Junior World Championship winning team alongside Chiefs team-mates Brodie Retallick and Sam Cane.

Bird made his All Black debut against Japan in November 2013, he was struggled to break into the All Black team since and the partnership of Sam Whitelock and Luke Romano at the Crusader meant Bird was benched for much of his time at the Crusaders until the end of 2015.

He signed with the Chiefs ahead of the 2016 Super Rugby season and managed to become a regular starter in the team.

Bird accumulated 41 Super Rugby caps by 2017.

At 2.06m and 112kg, he was the tallest lock in the Chiefs squad. He signed a contract extension in March that would see him remain with the Chiefs in 2018.

Bird was in fine form with Canterbury helping his side to their 2nd Mitre 10 Cup final in 2 years.

In October he was named in the All Blacks end of year tour squad and linked up with the Barbarians to play against the All Blacks in Twickenham before joining the national squad for the remainder of their end of year tour.

Bird's last All Blacks game was against Scotland in 2014. He played both of the All Blacks non-test matches during the November tests.

He suffered an injury during the opening game of the season and had not made another appearance by May.

At the end of May Bird signed a deal with Paris-based side Racing 92 and linked up with the side following the conclusion of the Super Rugby season.

As of September 2020, he has made 50 appearances for the Top 14 club and has scored 10 points.

(LS September 12, 2020)

Career

logo_racing2 Racing 92
No 4 Lock
2018 - present
Untitled design (11) Crusaders
No 4 Lock
2013 - 2015
NZ Barbarians
No 4 Lock
2015 - 2015
Barbarians_Logo Barbarians
No 5 Lock
2013 - 2017
photo New Zealand
No 4 Lock
2013 - 2018
Untitled Canterbury
No 4 Lock
2013 - 2018
chiefs Chiefs
No 4 Lock
2015 - 2018