12 October 2014
John Kirwan – a former All Black wing, who dabbled in league before turning to the international scene – is considered one of New Zealand’s most successful rugby players of all time.
Kirwan was just 18 when he was plucked from the Auckland Marist third grade side to play first division – having been spotted by talent scouts and then coach, John Hart.
From his dramatic first-class debut and subsequent high profile career as an All Black, through to his extensive work with mental health awareness – Kirwan has become a household name and well respected ambassador of New Zealand and his sport.
Kirwan is married to Fiorella and they have three children.