Mitchell Drummond returns for his ninth season with the Crusaders in 2022, having first earned the call-up to the squad in 2014, just before he turned 20.
A former Nelson College First XV Captain, Drummond was a member of the New Zealand Barbarians secondary schools rugby team in 2013, was selected in the New Zealand under-19 touch team and was one of six school students chosen to train with the All Black Sevens team at a training camp in 2013.
He went on to earn selection in the New Zealand Under 20 team for the Junior World Championship in 2014.
Drummond moved south at the beginning of 2013 to work as a builder while furthering his rugby career at the Academy. He impressed with his good attitude and natural aptitude, earning him a spot in the 2013 Canterbury provincial squad. His potential was noted by Crusaders selectors, who called him in to the Super Rugby squad.
An excellent season with both the Crusaders and Canterbury in 2018 saw Mitch earn a place in the All Blacks squad for their match in Japan.
In April 2021, Mitch became the 20th Crusader to play 100 games for the club, bringing up the milestone against the Chiefs in Hamilton.