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John Kirwan is a former player and coach who remains a giant of rugby in New Zealand. Discover more about his life and career with rugby gurus RugbyPass.

John Kirwan Bio

John Kirwan is a former player and coach who enjoyed a highly distinguished career in both codes of the game. John Kirwan was inducted into the RugbyPass Hall of Fame in 2021.

Born 16 December 1964, John Kirwan made 142 appearances for Auckland between 1983 and 1994. During the same period, he also represented Marist (1983-94), Treviso (1985-89) and Thiene (1989-90). Following this, he finished his domestic career with the NEC Green Rockets in Japan (1997-99).

In addition to this, as well as being a highly distinguished rugby union player, John Kirwan also spent a period of his career playing rugby league. Between 1995 and 1996, he made 35 appearances for the Auckland Warriors and was the side’s top try scorer in 1996.

However, John Kirwan undoubtedly experienced his greatest successes playing rugby union. Due to this, during his rugby union career, he was capped 63 times by the All Blacks. During this period, he was a member of the All Blacks side that went 23 games unbeaten between 1987 and 1990. As part of this stretch, he won the Rugby World Cup.

After retiring from rugby in 1999, John Kirwan stayed with the NEC Green Rockets and became the club’s coach. Then, in 2001, he left to become an assistant with the Blues. Since, he’s held a number of coaching positions, including stints as the head coach of the Blues and Barbarians. He’s also been the head coach of Japan and Italy. He last held a coaching position in 2015.

Thanks to the success he experienced in the game, John Kirwan was made a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2012. He was also inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame in 2014.

Since retirement, John Kirwan has also been open about his battle with his mental health and depression. As a result, he remains actively involved in mental health and depression awareness campaigns in New Zealand.

Fixtures & Results

Sat Nov 26, 2022
FT
Principality Stadium
Wales Wales
-
9:15am
Australia Australia
LIVE
34
39
FT
Twickenham
England England
-
11:30am
South Africa South Africa
LIVE
13
27
Sun Nov 20, 2022
FT
Stadium de Toulouse
France France
-
7:00am
Japan Japan
LIVE
35
17
Sat Nov 19, 2022
FT
Stadionul National Arcul de Triumf
Tonga Tonga
-
4:45am
Uruguay Uruguay
LIVE
43
19
FT
Principality Stadium
Wales Wales
-
7:00am
Georgia Georgia
LIVE
12
13
FT
Stadio Luigi Ferraris
Italy Italy
-
7:00am
South Africa South Africa
LIVE
21
63
FT
National Rugby Centre Amsterdam
Canada Canada
-
7:30am
Namibia Namibia
LIVE
43
37
FT
Stadionul National Arcul de Triumf
Romania Romania
-
8:45am
Samoa Samoa
LIVE
0
22
FT
BT Murrayfield
Scotland Scotland
-
9:15am
Argentina Argentina
LIVE
52
29
FT
Twickenham
England England
-
11:30am
New Zealand New Zealand
LIVE
25
25
FT
Aviva Stadium
Ireland Ireland
-
2:00pm
Australia Australia
LIVE
13
10
Fri Nov 18, 2022
FT
The Sevens
Hong Kong Hong Kong
-
7:00am
Kenya Kenya
LIVE
22
18
FT
The Sevens
USA USA
-
9:30am
Portugal Portugal
LIVE
16
16
Sun Nov 13, 2022
FT
Stadionul National Arcul de Triumf
Romania Romania
-
5:30am
Uruguay Uruguay
LIVE
16
21
FT
BT Murrayfield
Scotland Scotland
-
8:15am
New Zealand New Zealand
LIVE
23
31
Sat Nov 12, 2022
FT
Stadionul National Arcul de Triumf
Tonga Tonga
-
5:00am
Chile Chile
LIVE
39
10
FT
The Sevens
Portugal Portugal
-
6:00am
Kenya Kenya
LIVE
85
0
FT
Aviva Stadium
Ireland Ireland
-
7:00am
Fiji Fiji
LIVE
35
17
FT
Stadio Artemio Franchi
Italy Italy
-
7:00am
Australia Australia
LIVE
28
27
FT
National Rugby Centre Amsterdam
Netherlands Netherlands
-
7:30am
Canada Canada
LIVE
25
37
FT
Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena
Georgia Georgia
-
8:00am
Samoa Samoa
LIVE
19
20
FT
The Sevens
USA USA
-
8:30am
Hong Kong Hong Kong
LIVE
49
7
FT
Estadio Nacional Complutense
Spain Spain
-
9:00am
Namibia Namibia
LIVE
34
15
FT
Twickenham
England England
-
9:15am
Japan Japan
LIVE
52
13
FT
Principality Stadium
Wales Wales
-
11:30am
Argentina Argentina
LIVE
20
13
FT
Orange Velodrome
France France
-
2:00pm
South Africa South Africa
LIVE
30
26
Sun Nov 6, 2022
FT
The Sevens
USA USA
-
6:00am
Kenya Kenya
LIVE
68
14
FT
Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena
Georgia Georgia
-
8:00am
Uruguay Uruguay
LIVE
34
18
FT
Twickenham
England England
-
8:15am
Argentina Argentina
LIVE
29
30
FT
The Sevens
Portugal Portugal
-
8:30am
Hong Kong Hong Kong
LIVE
42
14
Sat Nov 5, 2022
FT
Stadionul National Arcul de Triumf
Romania Romania
-
6:00am
Chile Chile
LIVE
30
23
FT
Stadio Plebiscito
Italy Italy
-
8:00am
Samoa Samoa
LIVE
49
17
FT
BT Murrayfield
Scotland Scotland
-
8:00am
Fiji Fiji
LIVE
28
12
FT
Principality Stadium
Wales Wales
-
10:15am
New Zealand New Zealand
LIVE
23
55
FT
Estadio Ciudad de Malaga
Spain Spain
-
12:30pm
Tonga Tonga
LIVE
6
40
FT
Aviva Stadium
Ireland Ireland
-
12:30pm
South Africa South Africa
LIVE
19
16
FT
Stade de France
France France
-
3:00pm
Australia Australia
LIVE
30
29
Sat Oct 29, 2022
FT
Japan National Stadium
Japan Japan
-
12:50am
New Zealand New Zealand
LIVE
31
38
FT
BT Murrayfield
Scotland Scotland
-
11:30am
Australia Australia
LIVE
15
16
Sat Jul 23, 2022
FT
Sunshine Coast Stadium
Tonga Tonga
-
2:30am
Hong Kong Hong Kong
LIVE
44
22
Sun Jul 17, 2022
FT
Estadio Charrua
Uruguay Uruguay
-
1:30pm
Romania Romania
LIVE
26
20
Sat Jul 16, 2022
FT
Sky Stadium
New Zealand New Zealand
-
2:05am
Ireland Ireland
LIVE
22
32
FT
Sydney Cricket Ground
Australia Australia
-
4:55am
England England
LIVE
17
21
FT
AIA Arena
Georgia Georgia
-
9:00am
Portugal Portugal
LIVE
23
14
FT
DHL Stadium
South Africa South Africa
-
10:05am
Wales Wales
LIVE
30
14
FT
Infinity Park
USA USA
-
2:00pm
Chile Chile
LIVE
29
31
FT
Estadio Unico Madre de Ciudades
Argentina Argentina
-
2:10pm
Scotland Scotland
LIVE
34
31
Sun Jul 10, 2022
FT
Adjarabet Arena
Georgia Georgia
-
11:00am
Italy Italy
LIVE
28
19
FT
Estadio Charrua
Uruguay Uruguay
-
1:30pm
Romania Romania
LIVE
22
30
Sat Jul 9, 2022
FT
Japan National Stadium
Japan Japan
-
12:50am
France France
LIVE
15
20
FT
Forsyth Barr Stadium
New Zealand New Zealand
-
2:05am
Ireland Ireland
LIVE
12
23
FT
Suncorp Stadium
Australia Australia
-
4:55am
England England
LIVE
17
25
FT
Toyota Stadium
South Africa South Africa
-
10:05am
Wales Wales
LIVE
12
13
FT
Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena
Argentina Argentina
-
2:10pm
Scotland Scotland
LIVE
6
29
FT
Estadio Santa Laura-Universidad SEK
Chile Chile
-
5:00pm
USA USA
LIVE
21
22
Sat Jul 2, 2022
FT
City of Toyota Stadium
Japan Japan
-
1:00am
France France
LIVE
23
42
FT
Eden Park
New Zealand New Zealand
-
2:05am
Ireland Ireland
LIVE
42
19
FT
Optus Stadium
Australia Australia
-
4:55am
England England
LIVE
30
28
FT
Loftus Versfeld
South Africa South Africa
-
10:05am
Wales Wales
LIVE
32
29
FT
Estadio 23 de Agosto
Argentina Argentina
-
2:10pm
Scotland Scotland
LIVE
26
18
Fri Jul 1, 2022
FT
Stadionul National Arcul de Triumf
Romania Romania
-
1:00pm
Italy Italy
LIVE
13
45
Sat Jun 25, 2022
FT
Mikuni World Stadium
Japan Japan
-
1:00am
Uruguay Uruguay
LIVE
43
7
FT
Estadio do Restelo
Portugal Portugal
-
11:00am
Italy Italy
LIVE
31
38
Sat Jun 18, 2022
FT
Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium
Japan Japan
-
1:00am
Uruguay Uruguay
LIVE
34
15

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