Few people in professional sport have had a career as long and successful as Frano Botica. Entering the top level of professional sport at age 21, he has earned virtually every award and accolade available over his 17 year career.
Frano is also probably the only athlete in New Zealand who has worn four different black jerseys:
-the New Zealand Sevens
-the New Zealand Maori
-the All-Blacks from 1986 through 1989
-In 1990, Frano switched to Rugby League, and wore that black jersey for the Kiwis for another 3 years.
Frano played for top British team Wigan for 5 years as they stayed top of the table. For his final season in 2001, he returned to play rugby for North Harbour, where his accurate boot helped lead Harbour to a semi-final spot in the NPC.
His leadership skills have been recognised with the North Harbour captaincy, and are now being recognised again in the mentoring role he plays for many young athletes.