John Kirwan

Player Info

Name
John Kirwan
Nickname
JK
Date of Birth
16/12/64
Place of Birth
Auckland, New Zealand
Height
191cm
Weight
100 kg
Nationality
New Zealand
Current Status
? Former Auckland Blues coach
Status Link
http://www.nzwarriors.com/threads/warriors-where-are-they-now.40187/page-2#post-490821
Warriors #
22
Warriors Debut (Date and Match Details)
16th April 1995 vs Illawarra Steelers
Junior Club
Marist Old Boys RFC, Auckland
Signed From
Auckland RFU
Position
Winger
Wikipedia Page
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Kirwan_(rugby)
‘All Black’ legend with a record 63 RU Test matches to his credit changed codes to play for the Auckland Warriors in 1995. The grandson of Jack Kirwan, who represented the Kiwis after changing codes in 1926, and the cousin of former Test captain Mark Graham, Kirwan made his RU Test debut in 1984 before going on to score 200 first class tries in his amateur career.

After first rejecting an offer from the Warriors, and despite being 30 years old, Kirwan signed a two-year deal with Auckland after the start of the 1995 season. Although his league career did not reach similar heights Kirwan was an important signing for the Warriors and made a modest contribution in the club’s infancy.

The grandson of Jack Kirwan, who represented the Kiwis after changing codes in 1926, and the cousin of former Test captain Mark Graham.
  • 1983 - Played for Auckland RFU, New Zealand
  • 1984 - New Zealand All Blacks
  • 1984 RWC Winners
  • 1989 - Appointed as a Member of the Order of the British Empire, for services to rugby
  • 1995 - Played for Auckland Warriors, New Zealand
  • 1997 - Played NEC Green Rockets RFU, Japan
  • 1999 - Head Coach Green Rockets RFU, Japan
  • 2001 - Assistant Coach Auckland Blues
  • 2001 - Assistant Coach Italy
  • 2002 - Head Coach Italy
  • 2007 - Head Coach Japan
  • 2007 - Appointed as an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to mental health
  • 2012 - Head Coach Barbarians
  • 2012 - Appointed a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit
  • 2012 - Inducted into the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame
  • 2013 - Head Coach Auckland Blues

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