Mitchell Dunshea first earned selection in the Crusaders squad in 2016, off the back of an incredible 2015 which saw him make the New Zealand U20 squad to compete at the Junior World Cup in Italy. He found himself in the starting line-up for the final after a teammate was ruled out with a head knock and then, 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 provincial team for the first time in 2015, where he had an outstanding debut season.
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.
In October 2020, Mitch was called in to the All Blacks squad as cover for injured Crusaders team mate, Quinten Strange. He travelled to Australia with the squad for the Tri Nations.