Campbell Johnstone

Campbell Johnstone becomes first All Black to come out as gay

Johnstone, who played three tests in 2005, had already told his family and close friends before publicly coming out on current affairs programme Seven Sharp.

"If I can be the first All Black that comes out as gay and take away the pressure and stigma surrounding the issue it can actually help other people," Johnstone said.

"If I open up that door and magically make that closet disappear, then we're going to help a lot of people... "

"I pushed that side of me down deeper and deeper. I went to some interesting places."