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 listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Rugby Players from New Zealand
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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: 30
    • Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand
    • Profession: Rugby Player
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    Quade Cooper is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Rugby Players from New Zealand
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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: 27
    • Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand
    • Profession: Rugby Player
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    Christian Lealiifano is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Rugby Players from New Zealand
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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: 28
    • Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand
    • Profession: Rugby Player
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    Richie McCaw is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Rugby Players from New Zealand
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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: 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: 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: 28
    • Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand
    • Profession: Rugby Player
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    Conrad Smith is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Rugby Players from New Zealand
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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: 34
    • Birthplace: Hawera, New Zealand
    • Profession: Rugby Player, Barrister, Solicitor
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    Chris Feauai-Sautia is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Rugby Players from New Zealand
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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: 22
    • Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand
    • Profession: Rugby Player
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