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BORN IN Hawera and raised in Timaru, Grace made his Investec Super Rugby debut in 2020.
He immediately caught the attention of national selectors as a hard-nosed, dynamic loose forward, with 87 tackles and 45 carries in his debut season. A thumb injury sidelined Grace for much of Investec Super Rugby Aotearoa but he made a successful return to the field for Canterbury in their Ranfurly Shield defence against North Otago in August. Grace captained the Canterbury Under 19 side in 2018 and last year was a member of the New Zealand Under 20 side.
The hard-running loose forward continued to impress during the early rounds of the Mitre 10 Cup in 2020 and made his All Blacks debut in the final Bledisloe Cup Test of 2020 in Brisbane.
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