Glen Osborne

It was fitting that Glen Osborne played a season with the Hurricanes. The flamboyant All Blacks fullback and wing of the mid to late 1990s spent most of this career playing for North Harbour and the Chiefs. But he was originally from Wanganui– a Hurricanes region union – whom he played 20 matches for in 1990-1991 and where he made the New Zealand Colts out of in 1991.

Selection in the New Zealand Sevens team in 1992 coincided with his move to North Harbour. Hindered by injuries in 1992 and 1993, Osborne excelled for North Harbour in 1994, scoring 15 tries in 19 games as they made the NPC final that year.

For the All Blacks, Osborne scored two tries on debut against Canada in 1995 and went on to score 11 tries in 19 tests, spanning both the 1995 and 1999 World Cups, competing for a place in a backline full of stars, including the new fullback sensation Christian Cullen.

He played the first three years of Super 12 for the Chiefs and the Blues, and one for the Hurricanes, starting six games on the wing. He then left for two seasons in France, returned to North Harbour for the 2001 NPC, then left again to finish his playing days in Japan.

Osborne also played for New Zealand A and for New Zealand Maori and is a nephew of 1975-1982 All Black Bill Osborne

Outgoing and comical, Osborne is still in the limelight off the field, appearing as a television personality in various roles on TVNZ and Maori Television stations. 

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