It has been a year to remember for Mitchell Dunshea. He made the New Zealand U20 squad to compete at the Junior World Cup in Italy, and found himself in the starting line-up for the final after a teammate was ruled out with a head knock. After walking away with the U20 world title, Dunshea laced up for his Lincoln University Club and helped them to their first Division 1 club rugby championship since 1981.
All of that stood him in good stead to be selected for the Canterbury ITM Cup team for the first time in 2015, where he has had an outstanding debut season. His performances for Canterbury have seen him earn a Wider Training Group place with the Crusaders for 2016.
Born in Hamilton, Dunshea's family moved south when he was young and he attended both school and university in Lincoln. He can play at lock or loose forward.