THE TALENTED Mitch Drummond was born and raised in Nelson and a provincial cricket rep in his teenage years. He moved to Christchurch and made his provincial debut in 2013 becoming first-choice number nine in 2015.
With just one provincial match in his career, he was selected for the Crusaders in 2014 and also played for the New Zealand Under 20 side in the Junior World Championship that same year, alongside Anton Lienert-Brown, Damian McKenzie, Richie Mo’unga and Atu Moli. In 2016, Drummond broke his leg and needed surgery but his determination and hard work saw him re-join the Crusaders for their successful 2017 Investec Super Rugby season.
After an impressive 2017 season, Drummond was selected for the Barbarians side which played the All Blacks in Twickenham, before joining the national side and making his All Blacks debut against the France XV. Drummond played a key role in the Crusaders retaining their title in 2018 and his natural leadership during Canterbury’s successful 2017 Mitre 10 Cup campaign saw the coaching team name him as co-captain for this year’s season.
Place of birth:
Nelson Now living in:
Christchurch Home town:
Stoke, Nelson Secondary School: Nelson college Club team: High school old boys Academy: Canterbury Other sports: Touch, cricket Teams captained: Nelson college first 15 (2011, 2012) Career notes (National Rep Teams or Awards in Sport): Nelson bays under 10-18 New Zealand barbarian schools 2012 Canterbury itm cup 2013 Crusaders 2013 Instagram handle: mitchelldrummond
Favourites Favourite Rugby ground: nelson college front field Favourite rugby player and why: Kahn Fotuali’I because hes a halfback from the same club in nelson and worked his way up. Earliest or best rugby memories: Sleeping in my kit Biggest influence on your rugby and why: The old man. Because hes been there from day dot On your itunes /iphone playlist: old school, country Non-rugby sports team: Boston Celtics, Melbourne storm Sporting hero: Jonny Wilkinson If you could meet one person, who would it be and why: Steve Irwin because always loved his work when I was a kid. I hate it when…. The toilet roll rolls underneath instead of over top. I can’t live without….. phone If I wasn’t a rugby player I would be…. Still at school