John Eric Paul Mitchell
Date and Place of Birth
23 March 1964 , Hawera, New Zealand
- Winning my first Waikato Breweries Shield in 1987.
- Winning the National Championship and Ranfurly shield in 1992 and 1993 respectively.
- Beating British Lions 38 -10 in 1993.
- Playing for All Blacks and beating South of Scotland by 80 to 5 and scoring my first try.
- Finalists in Pilkington Cup Final 1997.
- Winning Tri Nations in 2002.
- Beating the Springboks and Wallabies with 50 points scores two consecutive weekends in a row away from home.
- Winning back the Bedisloe Cup to NZ in 2003.
- Chiefs beating the Cats in Tauranga in 2001.
- Western Force beating the Bulls at Loftus in 2007.
- Winning the Currie Cup in 2011.
Negative and unethical press by administrators
Turning point in your life
1993 when I was given advice that dreams are real and work from the goal you set.
Most influential person in your life
I am always learning, so too many to mention.
One flew over the cuckoo’s nest
Four seasons in one day by Crowded House
Favorite Rugby Stadium
Waikato Rugby Stadium
Funniest sporting moment
Two Fraser Tech team mates falling out of the team bus
Favorite rugby character
Marc Ellis (Otago and All Blacks)
How do you relax?
Mountain biking and socialising with mates around a fire
“I create the whole of my own reality.”
Books you would recommend
- Sacred hoops by Phil Jackson
- The way of the peaceful warrior by Dan Millan