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Full Name

John Eric Paul Mitchell

Date and Place of Birth

23 March 1964 , Hawera, New Zealand

Career Highlights

  • 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.

Career Lowlight

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.

Favorite Movie

One flew over the cuckoo’s nest

Favorite Food

Shasimi salmon

Favorite Song

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

Favorite quote

“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