Following on from yesterday’s article on Daniel Braid and Tanerau Latimer, 29 year old 4 test All Black Daniel Braid has now confirmed his return to New Zealand.
Braid has impressed this year as the “marquee import” for the Queensland Reds, with the current set of break-down rules giving him the chance to really show his skill set. He has now signed for his old team, the Blues and the Auckland provinical team. He won’t be available to play for the All Blacks until after the Tri-Nations, as his contract does not begin until July 1st. It will go through till the end of 2012.
In a statement, Braid said:
“I am very happy to be returning to Auckland and New Zealand during such an exciting time for New Zealand rugby. Having the Rugby World Cup in your home country and the opportunity to potentially push for a place to represent New Zealand is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and this was a factor in my decision to return home,” he said.
“I have enjoyed my time at the Reds, and am hoping to leave on a high note as part of a team that has improved enormously this season.”
Ironically, on the same day Daniel Braid announced his return to New Zealand, Tanerau Latimer was announced to have resigned with the NZRU.