There have been many Christian All Blacks and athletes, notably Michael Jones one of the greatest players of all time, who famously would not play on Sundays like the British Olympic runner Eric Liddell of Chariots of Fire fame. Others in this long hall of fame, include: All White Wynton Rufer, NZ Warrior Ali Lauiti’iti, Fijian captain Deacon Manu, Black Fern Doris Taufateau, Scottish prop Euan Murray, Wallabies flanker David Pocock and Wallabies captain Nick Farr-Jones, among many others. There is even a Rugby edition of the Bible including many of their testimonies.
I did not know NZ All Black Brad Thorn, who broke into the Brisbane Broncos at 19, was also a committed Christian. Here is an interview with him, about his life, faith, and commitment to Christ. As Liddell said before going to China and being martyred there as a Scottish christian missionary, “The church needs muscular Christians,” and “when I run I feel His pleasure.”
When we consider Zac Guildford’s personal troubles (The Guildford NZ problem) Brad Thorn stands out as a quality role model; a man younger men could emulate.
Click here to hear his interview: Brad Thorn