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Daniel John Braid (born 23 February 1981) is a rugby union player from New Zealand who captains Sale Sharks in the English Premiership. He normally plays 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.
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. He was named New Zealand 'Player of the Year' in 2007. 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. In April he signed with the Scarlets in Wales, but ruptured his Achilles tendon and so the agreement was abandoned. In 2009 he signed on for an extra year with the Reds.
In 2011 Braid returned to the Blues 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.
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.