Zinzan Brooke Athlete
Zinzan Valentine Brooke (born Murray Zinzan Brooke on 14 February 1965; changed name by deed poll) is a former New Zealand rugby union footballer who played at number eight. His brother, Marty Brooke, played for Auckland and Southland at provincial level, and his brother Robin Brooke played lock for Auckland and New Zealand. Brooke played 58 tests for New Zealand, and 42 non-international matches for the All Blacks, captained Auckland Blues to Super 12 championships in 1996 and 1997 and was an influential figure in Auckland's dominance in the National Provincial Championship during the late 1980s and 1990s. He scored 17 tries in Test matches, then a world record for a forward. He also played for New Zealand Māori. Brooke was a founding player of the Southerners Sports Club (Bangkok), playing in the inaugural side in 1994 against Taradale RFC. In 1995 his biography 'Zinny: The Zinzan Brooke story', written with Alex Veysey, was published Brooke is considered one of the best number eights to have ever played for the All Blacks. He had the running and kicking skills of a backline player which made him extremely mobile and agile as a forward.