The Sunday Review
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Former New Zealand rugby player Campbell Johnstone The inauguration of the first All Black to come out Publicly as gay, in an interview with TVNZ’s Seven Sharp on Monday.

Johnstone – who played three Test matches for New Zealand, including two against the British and Irish Lions in 2005 – said he told his friends and family “a long time ago” Before making the announcement,

“If I can be the first All Black that comes out as gay and take away the pressure and stigma surrounding the issue it can actually help other people,” Johnstone said.

“Then the public will know that there is one in amongst the All Blacks … and it could be one of the final pieces in the puzzle sports-wise that gives everyone closure,” The former Canterbury and Crusaders player added.

Reacting to An announcement New Zealand Mark Robinson, the Rugby chief executive, was kind enough to praise his former teammate. Johnstone’s “strength and visibility will pave the way for others in our game,” In a Twitter statement on Monday.

“Rugby is a sport that is welcoming to everyone and a place where people should feel safe to be who they are. We know that there are people who have not always been comfortable to be who they are in rugby. We want to be clear, no matter who you love, rugby has your back,” Robinson was also added.

The 43-year old Johnstone He stated that he would accept the spotlight on him. “I am very much happy and very comfortable about myself, so I am very happy about that.”