All Blacks player comes out

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New Zealand rugby legend Campbell Johnstone becomes first All Blacks player to come out as gay.

New Zealand rugby star Campbell Johnstone has made history after coming out as the first gay All Blacks player.

The 43-year-old opened up about his sexuality for the first time during a Monday (30 January) interview on TVNZ’s Seven Sharp.

Johnstone told journalist Hilary Barry that he wanted to “take away the pressure” from coming out in the world-renowned Rugby Union team by becoming the first to do so.

“Then the public will know that there is one in among the All Blacks and it could be one of the final pieces of the puzzle sports-wise that gives everyone closure.”

The rugby prop joined the team as All Black number 1056 in 2005 where he played three test matches against teams including Fiji and the British and Irish Lions.

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