|Full name||Daniel Pryor|
|Date of birth||14 April 1988|
|Place of birth||Auckland, New Zealand|
|Height||1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|Weight||103 kg (16 st 3 lb; 227 lb)|
|School||Auckland Grammar School|
|University||Auckland University of Technology|
|Notable relative(s)||Kara Pryor (brother)|
|Rugby union career|
Dan Pryor (born 14 April 1988) is a New Zealand rugby union player who currently plays as a loose forward for the Sunwolves in the international Super Rugby competition and the Munakata Sanix Blues in the Japanese Top League.
Born and raised in Auckland, Pryor hails from a rugby family with grandfather Albie being an Auckland and Māori All Blacks representative while brother Kara also went on to become a professional rugby union player. He attended Auckland Grammar School in his home city and played first XV rugby while there. After graduation he began studying towards a degree in business and advertising at the Auckland University of Technology while playing his club rugby for Grammar TEC with whom he won the Gallaher Shield in 2013. He also spent time with the Auckland academy before departing the Auckland club scene in 2014 and joining Marist in the Northland club rugby competition.
He started out his senior career playing for the Northland Taniwha during the 2010 ITM Cup and instantly made himself a regular in the side, scoring 3 tries in 8 starts during his debut season of provincial rugby. The Taniwha are traditionally one of the weakest provinces in New Zealand's senior domestic competition and have played in the Championship, the second tier, since the competition was last rejigged in 2011. A career highlight for Pryor and his side was the 2014 ITM Cup where a 3rd-place finish on the Championship log ensured they would appear in the playoffs. Unfortunately his 57th minute try against Hawke's Bay in the semi-finals wasn't enough to inspire his side to victory and they eventually went down 26–21.
After the highs of the 2014 campaign came the lows of the 2015 and 2016 seasons. 2015 saw Northland lose all 10 of their regular season games to finish last on the log and this was also where they would finish in 2016, despite improved performances, a solitary win from 10 games was all they could show for their efforts. Pryor featured 7 times and contributed 1 try in 2015, however injury restricted him to just two appearances in 2016.
An injury crisis among the Blues loose forwards during the 2012 Super Rugby season saw him get his first experience of rugby at that level making his debut in a 34–23 defeat away to the Rebels on 5 April 2012, however that was to be his only Blues appearance and he wasn't named in their squad for either the 2013 or 2014 seasons.
Following some impressive displays as one of the senior members of a young and inexperienced Northland Taniwha side during the 2014 New Zealand domestic season, he was named in the Dunedin-based Highlanders squad ahead of the 2015 Super Rugby season.His first season with the 'Landers turned out to be a dream with the franchise going on to win the Super Rugby title for the first time in their history after a 21–14 victory over the Hurricanes in the final. Pryor played 17 times out of a possible 19 and contributed 3 tries, however an elbow injury ruled him out of the semi-final and final. He played a further 16 times the following year, however, owing to strong competition among loose forwards such as Shane Christie, Luke Whitelock, Elliot Dixon and Liam Squire, he was only able to start 5 matches as the Highlanders were unable to retain their Super Rugby crown, losing out to the Lions in the semi-finals.
Tony Brown replaced the Japan-bound Jamie Joseph as the Highlanders head coach ahead of the 2017 Super Rugby season and he opted to retain Pryor in the squad for his first season in charge.
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