Young Kirwan aiming for a different goal

With a world famous name to live up to, Team Wellington’s Niko Kirwan is out to create a legacy of his own with the round ball, rather than the oval one that made his father – former All Blacks legend Sir John Kirwan – a household name across the globe.

“There is always going to be pressure when you have a famous dad,” Kirwan said.

“However, playing football is very different to playing rugby, so the pressure is not that bad. I just have to keep my focus on the game and not what is happening around me.”

In Kirwan’s debut season with Team Wellington he helped the side win the New Zealand Premiership title for the second year in-a-row while also battling all the way through to the final of the 2017 OFC Champions League.