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Josh Lord enjoyed a meteoric rise in 2021.
After first making his provincial debut for Taranaki in 2019, Josh Lord was called into the Chiefs wider training squad in 2020 and then the full squad in 2021. He made his Sky Super Rugby debut against the Crusaders in 2021 and played five matches. He continued to impress for Taranaki in the Bunnings NPC and was called into the All Blacks squad where he debuted against USA in Washington DC. Lord has proved himself as a versatile lock and at 2.02m has impressed with his lineout work and with ball in hand. Lord plays both his provincial and Super Rugby alongside current All Blacks lock Tupou Vaa’i. Hailing from the small township of Owhango in the central North Island, Lord attended Hamilton Boys’ High School and first came onto the national radar with the University of Waikato Under 20 side as well as the New Zealand Under 20 team in 2018.