John Graf showed signs of being an international player from the moment he first wore a St. Michael's University School jersey in Victoria. He represented his school, club, province and country revealing skills and charisma both as a player and captain. After representing Canada at the Under 19 and Under 21 levels, Graf made 54 senior appearances from 1989 to 1999 and scored 90 points. He was a member of the 1991, 1995 and 1999 World Cup squads and had the unique distinction of being capped at four positions: wing, center, standoff or scrum-half, though he was mostly capped at the latter two positions. Much like other great British Columbia players who had lethal spiral
kicks, Graf could punt with both his left and right foot and he could slot both drop goals and penalty goals. From 1991 to 1999, Graf made many appearances for the Canada Sevens squad, including the 1993 and 1997 Rugby World Cup Sevens, and he was the captain in 1997. The popular UBC Old Boy player had an incredible will to win and was a threat whenever he laced on his boots. Even when Graf was no longer selected for the national team he continued to play like an international player.