Former All Blacks prop Campbell Johnstone publicly came out as gay on New Zealand television Monday in a first for the national rugby team.
The 43-year-old prop, who played three Tests in 2005, had already told his family and close friends before coming out on the TVNZ network’s One News channel.
“If I can be the first All Black that comes out as gay and take away the pressure, I guess, the stigma surrounding that whole issue then it can actually help other people,” Johnstone said in an interview.
“Then the public will know that there is one in amongst the All Blacks,” he added.
“It could possibly be one of the final pieces in the public puzzle for New Zealand sports-wise and it could be a very vital piece that just gives everyone closure.”
Much love and support for All Black #1056 Campbell Johnstone for having the courage to share his story and helping create a more inclusive game. 🌈 pic.twitter.com/z9rjOKl1rn
— All Blacks (@AllBlacks) January 30, 2023