Norm, 43, is considered one of the best second lines in the world, with his 198 cm per 108 pounds. He made his debut in the AllBlacks Team in 1999 against Samoa; since then 36 appearances with the All Black shirt and his last game in 2004, in the historic victory with France in Paris, alongside Dan Carter and Tana Umaga.
In 2005 he goes for a season in Japan with the Ricoh Black Rams; back in New Zealand after a year, he retires from the rugby played a few days after his thirtieth birthday. In 2010 he moved to Europe, player-coach of the Spanish Vigo, at the time in the second division, bringing it in a season to the top flight, the División de Honor. After two years Maxwell decided to put an end to the Spanish experience to devote himself to other rugby activities