Former All Black player Campbell Johnstone has publicly come out as gay on New Zealand television 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 and then the public will know that there is one in amongst the All Blacks,” Johnstone said.
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“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.
“If I open up that door and magically make that closet disappear, then we’re…