Nick was another player from the Hamilton Old
Boys Rugby Club who played for the Hokkaido Barbarians
in the 1996 season.
Nick was a very mobile hooker/prop with excellent
lineout throwing ability.
Formed a strong front row that year with Hasegawa
and Sekine where they dominated scrums in the local
Returned to NZ after the 1996 season.
I was a Barbar way back when we only had 1 team
and it was called the Vomits!
I was there as a student at Hokkaido University
from 1985 until 1989.
On graduating from Hokudai, I joined Toshiba and
had the good fortune to play for their rugby team
for 8 years, culminating in winning the All Japan
Championship in 1997.
I'm currently Director of MTV Ad Sales, Asia, so
will probably stay in Japan for a couple more years.
I was fortunate to be appointed as liaison to the
All Blacks while they were in Tokyo.
Johnny played for the Barbarians for 4 seasons
off and on, making a guest appearance when he was
able to. This guest appearance would always scare
the bejesus out of the opposition as Johhny was
willing to try any method or tactic to score. Johnny
must be praised for his imagination as a rugby player.
In the 1999 season John played regularly for the
A team and was a key ball runner and defender.
Later on in his career, when his fitness levels
dropped, he on one occassion took a banned substance
just before kick off.
His work rate in that game was incredible, his ball
carry count was in the 30s and his ruck tally higher.
Had IRB rules being more lenient and he played his
entire career at that speed it would be on the All
Black homepage he`d be being recognised not the
For his health and security of his family, John
decided to not play under the influence thereafter.