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Glen Osborne

Former All Black / Inspirational speaker

Travels From:
Wanganui

Type:
Sporting Icon, Entertainer, Speaker

Style:
Inspiring, Engaging, Impactful, Fun, Anecdotal, Entertaining

Category:
Business, Entertainment, Inspiration, Sport, After dinner

Glen Osborne is better known as 'Ozzy' or 'Oz' – he’s one of New Zealand’s most humorous sporting heroes.  

Glen was  born and bred in the back blocks of the Wanganui District and grew up understanding that to achieve anything you had to work hard. 

He used these strengths, learned as a young country lad, to succeed in the rugby world and really came of age when selected for the NZ Sevens team, making a huge impact and gaining ‘Player of the Tournament’ in nearly every competition played. 

He played representative rugby for Wanganui in the NPC from 1990–1991, then for North Harbour from 1992. He represented the Waikato Chiefs in the Super 12 competition from 1996. 

His rugby talents were noticed and he played his first game for the All Blacks in 1993 and achieved 29 caps with 19 tests throughout his career. As an All Black he quickly became popular both on and off the field.  He played in two Rugby World Cups 1995 + 1999. 

Glen's rugby still allowed him to be selected for every team in the Black jersey, from NZ Maoris, NZ 7’s, NZ Colts, NZ Divisional, NZ Academy, and NZ A, to the ultimate, the All Blacks. 

On returning from 4 years in Japan, Glen was quickly snapped up by Maori TV, identifying his talent as a TV Sport Presenter, to co-host the award winning sports show CODE with Jenny May Coffin.  

Glen also became one of North Harbour Rugby’s adopted sons, and was an intricate part of "the brown brother’s" legacy. 

After retiring from rugby Glen spent most of his time boosting and hosting sport programmes on TV and often commentating at the NZI Wellington Sevens.   He's a very entertaining, down-to-earth speaker and MC and more recently he graduated from the NZ Police Academy - something he's always wanted to do!