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Sam Beard (born 3 May 1990 in Timaru, New Zealand) is a rugby union footballer. His regular playing position is Centre. He currently plays for Newport Gwent Dragons in the Pro 12 league.
Beard moved to Christchurch as a young player to pursue a career in rugby and kicked off matters in earnest with Burnside's championship-winning team.
He was then called up to the provincial Canterbury B team and, after an impressive season in which he was named player of the year, was brought into the Crusader Knights, the development squad of Super Rugby giants Crusaders.
Bay of Plenty then offered the midfielder the next step on the provincial ladder, where he played out his first season before being approached in 2013 to join Edinburgh in Scotland.
Having made his initial appearances for the team from the replacements' bench, Beard started a match for the first time on 28 February 2014, during which he ran in Edinburgh's second try in a victory over Ospreys.
Beard is currently contracted to Edinburgh until 2016, having signed a contract extension at the end of his first season with the club. On 22 February 2016, Beard signed a two-year deal with Welsh region Newport Gwent Dragons from the 2016–17 season.