Number eight who played at the club level for Harlequins, and at the state level for Auckland.
He attended Mahurangi College, where he honed his rugby skills.
He played internationally for New Zealand from 1987 until his retirement in 1997, scoring 89 points in 58 caps.
He has two brothers who are also acclaimed rugby players.
One of his brothers, Robin Brooke, also played for Auckland and for New Zealand.