No3. Fin Barnett
No3. Fin Barnett
Fin Barnett
NZ Touch Blacks Rep

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Fair to say most kiwi kids dream of wearing the black jersey when they grow up. But after one too many head knocks, “not even from playing rugby,” mad-keen player Finlay Barnett got told, "No more footy,” at the ripe old age of 14.

Devastating news for many. But after meeting the man you get a sense that he takes most things in his stride. So, a refocus of his passion saw him hit the touch field. Hard.

He’d always played it in summer with his best mates from rugby, “down the road at Karaka - the best footy club in the world.” But it wasn’t till a teacher at secondary school urged him to trial for an age group team, that things fell into place. “I’ll always thank Miss Walker for pushing me further than I ever imagined,” he says.

“Dressing well in 3 Wise Men gear always makes me walk a bit taller.”

These days Fin (23) gets to live his dream as a member of the Touch Black Open Men's squad as a flying winger. “Everyone wanted to be the ball player which I wasn't very good at, so I thought wing might be my best opportunity,” he laughs, adding, "that just getting a run is amazing but nothing feels better than catching someone!”

"I really love the fit and look of the clothes and it’s cool to dress up a bit for work." The 3 Wise Men Braxton Chinos, $130 / included in the 3 for $300 bundle are a great choice and pair perfectly with the Heath Navy Check Shirt $130 / included in the 3 for $300 bundle. A pair of the Jovi Suede Chukka Boots $230 / 2 shoes or boots for $333 ties the whole outfit together.

Tough, lightening quick and elusive on the field - but measured, considerate and generous off, Fin is an impressive - and extremely busy man.

While following his footy dream is “the best thing in the world,” it doesn’t pay the bills - “not yet anyway.” So he works full time at a digital marketing agency, and, making use of his Sport & Exercise Science degree, is also a strength and conditioning coach in his ever decreasing spare time.

While Fin spends a good part of his week in exercise kit, he’s a firm fan of 3 Wise Men gear too. “I really love the fit and look of the clothes and it’s cool to dress up a bit for work. I reckon it makes me walk a bit taller!” he says.

Walking tall is never going to be a problem for this highly motivated good bugger. “Long-term excellence is this mysterious thing that I'm super fascinated by. I don't want to be good for just one year - I want to be the best I can be over a long period of time, not being just a good touch player, but a good family man, friend, teammate, partner, and employee.”

We reckon he’ll take that challenge in his stride too.