Dallas McLeod is one of 12 new Crusaders in the 2020 squad, earning selection after an impressive debut season with Canterbury in the Mitre 10 Cup.
Originally from Methven, McLeod attended Christ’s College in Year 13. He represented the Canterbury Under 19 side in 2017 and 2018, and helped lead the team to the Final of the Jock Hobbs Memorial National Under 19 Tournament in 2018. For his efforts that year, McLeod was named Under 19 Player of the Year at Canterbury Rugby’s annual awards evening.
A member of the Christchurch Rugby Club, McLeod went on to be named Vice-Captain of the New Zealand side for the World Rugby Under 20 Championship in Argentina in 2019, and made his provincial debut off the bench against Wellington later that same year. He was named Canterbury Rugby A First Year Player, alongside Cullen Grace, at the Canterbury Rugby Awards in October.
McLeod is no stranger to the Crusaders environment, playing in the side’s 2017 pre-season match against the Hurricanes in Greymouth. A 2018 Crusaders Knights representative, he also lined up in the midfield alongside Braydon Ennor in 2019 for the Crusaders, in their pre-season fixture against the Hurricanes in Levin, scoring a try in the 34-19 win.