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Famous Rugby Players from New Zealand

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List of notable or famous rugby players from New Zealand, with bios and photos, including the top rugby players born in New Zealand and even some popular rugby players who immigrated to New Zealand. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Kiwi rugby players then this list is the perfect resource for you. These rugby players are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known rugby player from New Zealand is included when available.

List ranges from John Kirwan to Tom Chamberlain and more.

This historic rugby players from New Zealand list can help answer the questions "Who are some Kiwi rugby players of note?" and "Who are the most famous rugby players from New Zealand?" These prominent rugby players of New Zealand may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Kiwi rugby players.

Use this list of renowned Kiwi rugby players to discover some new rugby players that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. (275 items)



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    Digby Ioane is an Australian professional rugby union footballer playing for the Stade Français Paris club in the Top 14 competition. He previously played for the Western Force and Queensland Reds in the Super Rugby competition, and for the Wallabies.more

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    • Age: age 30
    • Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand
    • Profession: Rugby Player
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    Quade S. Cooper is a New Zealand-born Australian rugby union football player and boxer. He currently plays for the Queensland Reds in the Super Rugby competition and has represented Australia at international level. His usual position is fly-half.more

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    • Age: age 27
    • Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand
    • Profession: Rugby Player
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    Christian Lealiifano, is an Australian rugby union player of Samoan heritage. His surname is spelled Leali'ifano when using Samoan diacritics. He currently plays for the Brumbies in Super Rugby and his usual position is inside centre or fly-half.more

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    • Age: age 28
    • Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand
    • Profession: Rugby Player
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    Richie McCaw
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    Richard Hugh "Richie" McCaw is a New Zealand rugby union player, the current test captain of the All Blacks – the country's national team. He predominantly plays in the openside flanker position for the New Zealand, Crusaders and Canterbury teams, but had also played as blindside flanker and no. 8.more

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    • Age: age 35
    • Birthplace: Oamaru, New Zealand
    • Profession: Rugby Player
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    Daniel William "Dan" Carter is a New Zealand rugby union player. Carter plays for the Paris based Top 14 side Racing Métro, and for New Zealand's national team the All Blacks. He is the highest points scorer in Test match rugby, and is arguably the sport's greatest ever first-five eighth. He was named ...more

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    • Age: age 33
    • Birthplace: Leeston, New Zealand
    • Profession: Rugby Player
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    Kerry Cooper Vuna is a professional rugby footballer who currently plays for the Worcester Warriors. He played rugby league for the New Zealand Warriors and Newcastle Knights in the National Rugby League competition, before switching to rugby union to play Super Rugby for the Melbourne Rebels.more

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    • Age: age 28
    • Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand
    • Profession: Rugby Player
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    Conrad Smith
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    Conrad Gerard Smith is a New Zealand rugby union footballer. He plays predominantly at Centre. He captains the Hurricanes in Super Rugby, and plays for New Zealand internationally, with whom he won the 2011 Rugby World Cup.more

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    • Age: age 34
    • Birthplace: Hawera, New Zealand
    • Profession: Rugby Player, Barrister, Solicitor
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    Chris Feauai-Sautia is an Australian professional rugby union footballer. He plays for the Queensland Reds in Super Rugby and his usual position is Wing, but can also play in the Centre.more

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    • Age: age 22
    • Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand
    • Profession: Rugby Player
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    Kieran Read
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    Kieran Read is a rugby union player for the Crusaders in the Super Rugby competition and New Zealand internationally. He plays as a blind-side flanker or No.8. In 2009 he supplanted Rodney So'oialo as the All Blacks first choice No.8.more

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    • Age: age 30
    • Birthplace: Papakura, Auckland, New Zealand
    • Profession: Rugby Player
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    Israel Dagg is a New Zealand Rugby union player who plays for the Crusaders in Super Rugby and New Zealand internationally. He has also played for the New Zealand Sevens team, and represents Hawkes Bay in the ITM Cup.more

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    • Age: age 27
    • Birthplace: Marton, New Zealand
    • Profession: Rugby Player
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    James Parsons

    James Parsons is a New Zealander rugby union player who plays for the Blues in Super Rugby.more

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    • Age: age 29
    • Birthplace: Palmerston North, New Zealand
    • Profession: Rugby Player
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    Piri Awahou Tihou Weepu is a New Zealand rugby union footballer. He plays half-back for the All Blacks at international level, and the Wasps in the English Premiership competition. He first won national honours against Wales in 2004. In 2005 was called back into the All Blacks squad for the first Tri ...more

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    • Age: age 32
    • Birthplace: Lower Hutt, New Zealand
    • Profession: Rugby Player
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    Sonny William 'Sonny Bill' Williams is a New Zealand rugby player and heavyweight boxer who has played rugby league and rugby union at the highest levels. He currently plays rugby union for the Chiefs. He is only the second person to represent New Zealand in rugby union after first playing for the ...more

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    • Age: age 30
    • Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand
    • Profession: Rugby Player, Professional Boxer
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    Jason John Eaton is a New Zealand rugby union footballer. He plays as a lock.more

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    • Age: age 33
    • Birthplace: Palmerston North, New Zealand
    • Profession: Rugby Player
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    Corey Robert Flynn is a New Zealand rugby union player who plays in the position of hooker. He was educated at Southland Boys' High School. Flynn played provincial for Southland until he moved to Canterbury in 2003. He plays Super Rugby rugby for the Crusaders.more

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    • Age: age 34
    • Birthplace: Invercargill, New Zealand
    • Profession: Rugby Player
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    Andrew Hore is a former rugby union player He has played for the All Blacks since 2002. His position is hooker. He also plays for the Highlanders in Super Rugby, and Taranaki in the ITM Cup. He is now 3rd starting hooker for the Southland Stags after veteran hooker Jason Rutledge was injured. He will ...more

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    • Age: age 37
    • Birthplace: Dunedin, New Zealand
    • Profession: Rugby Player
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    John Kirwan
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    Sir John James Patrick Kirwan KNZM MBE is a New Zealand rugby union coach and former player of both rugby union and rugby league. Currently the head coach of the Blues in Super Rugby, with a playing career that featured 35 tries in 63 tests for New Zealand, Kirwan is one of the highest try scorers in ...more

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    • Age: age 51
    • Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand
    • Profession: Rugby Player, Coach
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    Peter Betham is a professional rugby union player. He plays for the NSW Waratahs in the Super Rugby competition and is a representative player for Australia in international rugby matches. His usual position is wing or fullback.more

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    • Age: age 26
    • Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand
    • Profession: Rugby Player
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    Ma'a Nonu
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    Ma'a Allan Nonu is a professional rugby union player from New Zealand. Nonu plays for the Hurricanes in Super Rugby and All Blacks internationally. He also plays for the Wellington Lions in the ITM Cup. He plays in the second-five eighth position, but can also cover centre and wing.more

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    • Age: age 33
    • Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand
    • Profession: Rugby Player
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    Richard Kahui
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    Richard Kahui is a New Zealand rugby union footballer. He plays for Toshiba Brave Lupus in the Top League. He previously played for the Highlanders and Chiefs in Super Rugby, Waikato in the ITM Cup, and New Zealand internationally. He plays at centre and wing.more

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    • Age: age 30
    • Birthplace: Tokoroa, New Zealand
    • Profession: Rugby Player
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