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Famous Athletes from New Zealand

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List of the most popular, renowned or famous athletes from New Zealand. List includes the most notable athletes from New Zealand, along with photos when available. This list of Kiwi athletes is alphabetical, but can be sorted by any column and answers the question "what famous athletes are from New Zealand?". You can click on the names of the famous athletes of New Zealand in order to get more information about each one. Examples of athletes on this list: Andy Roberts, Leeson Ah Mau and more. You may copy this fact-based list to make your own just like it, re-rank it to fit your opinions, then publish it to share with your friends. (1156 items)
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Quade Cooper is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Athletes from New Zealand

Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand

Nationality: New Zealand

Quade Santini Cooper (born 5 April 1988) is a professional rugby union player and occasional boxer. Although a New Zealand citizen, he has represented Australia in rugby at international level. ...more
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Richie McCaw is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Athletes from New Zealand

Birthplace: Oamaru, New Zealand

Nationality: New Zealand

Richard Hugh McCaw (born 31 December 1980) is a retired New Zealand rugby union player. He captained the national team, the All Blacks, in 110 out of his 148 test matches, and won two Rugby ...more
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Mark Hunt is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Athletes from New Zealand

Birthplace: South Auckland

Nationality: New Zealand

Mark Richard Hunt (born 23 March 1974) is a New Zealand mixed martial artist and former kickboxer of Samoan descent, currently living in Sydney, Australia. Hunt competes in the Ultimate Fighting ...more

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Dan Carter is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Athletes from New Zealand

Birthplace: Leeston, New Zealand

Nationality: New Zealand

Daniel William Carter (born 5 March 1982) is a New Zealand rugby union player. Carter plays for Kobelco Steelers in Japan and played for New Zealand's national team, the All Blacks. He is the ...more
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Ali Williams is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Athletes from New Zealand

Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand

Nationality: New Zealand

Alexander James "Ali" Williams (born 30 April 1981) is a New Zealand rugby union player who played at lock, spending almost all of his playing career in his homeland. At provincial ...more
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Jonah Lomu is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Athletes from New Zealand

Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand

Nationality: New Zealand

Jonah Tali Lomu (12 May 1975 – 18 November 2015) was a New Zealand rugby union player. He became the youngest ever All Black when he played his first international in 1994 at the age of 19 years ...more
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Benji Marshall is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Athletes from New Zealand

Birthplace: Whakatane, New Zealand

Nationality: New Zealand

Benji Marshall (born 25 February 1985) is a New Zealand professional rugby league footballer who plays as a five-eighth or halfback for the Wests Tigers in the NRL. He previously played for the ...more
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Zinzan Brooke is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Athletes from New Zealand

Birthplace: Waiuku, New Zealand

Nationality: New Zealand

Zinzan Valentine Brooke (born Murray Zinzan Brooke on 14 February 1965; his name was changed by deed poll) is a former New Zealand rugby union footballer who played at number eight. He has two ...more
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Andy Roberts is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Athletes from New Zealand

Nationality: New Zealand

Sir Anderson Montgomery Everton Roberts, KCN (born 29 January 1951) is a former Antiguan first-class cricketer. He was a fast bowler who played Test cricket for the West Indies, twice taking ...more
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Krisnan Inu is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Athletes from New Zealand

Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand

Nationality: New Zealand, Samoa

Krisnan Nevada Inu (born 17 March 1987) is a professional rugby league footballer who plays as a centre or winger for the Salford Red Devils in the Betfred Super League. He has played for both ...more
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Richard Hadlee is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Athletes from New Zealand

Birthplace: St Albans, New Zealand, New Zealand

Nationality: New Zealand

Sir Richard John Hadlee (born 3 July 1951) is a New Zealand former cricketer, regarded as one of the greatest fast bowlers and all-rounders in cricketing history. Hadlee was appointed MBE in ...more
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Stephen Fleming is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Athletes from New Zealand

Birthplace: Christchurch, New Zealand

Nationality: New Zealand

Stephen Paul Fleming (born 1 April 1973) is a New Zealand cricket coach and former cricketer, and captain of the New Zealand national cricket team in all three formats of the game. Known for his ...more
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Daniel Vettori is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Athletes from New Zealand

Birthplace: DVD Region 4, Oceania, Greater Auckland, New Zealand

Nationality: New Zealand

Daniel Luca Vettori (born 27 January 1979) is a former cricketer who played for the New Zealand cricket team in all formats and currently spin bowling coach of Bangladesh national cricket team. ...more
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Martin Crowe is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Athletes from New Zealand

Birthplace: Henderson, New Zealand, New Zealand

Nationality: New Zealand

Martin David Crowe (22 September 1962 – 3 March 2016) was a New Zealand former cricketer, Test and ODI captain as well as a commentator. He played for the New Zealand national cricket team ...more
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Roy Asotasi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Athletes from New Zealand

Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand

Nationality: New Zealand

Roy Asotasi (born 6 January 1982) is a former professional rugby league footballer who played as a prop in the 2000s and 2010s. A New Zealand international captain, he also played for Samoa. ...more
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James Tamou is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Athletes from New Zealand

Birthplace: Palmerston North, New Zealand

Nationality: New Zealand

James Tamou (born 13 December 1988) is a professional rugby league footballer who plays as a prop for the Penrith Panthers in the NRL. Tamou is an Australian international and New South Wales ...more
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Sonny Bill Williams is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Athletes from New Zealand

Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand

Nationality: New Zealand

Sonny William Williams (born 3 August 1985) is a New Zealand rugby union footballer, heavyweight boxer and former rugby league player. He is only the second person to represent New Zealand in ...more
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Jimmy Cowan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Athletes from New Zealand

Birthplace: Gore, New Zealand

Nationality: New Zealand

Quinton James Cowan (born 6 March 1982) is a New Zealand rugby union footballer. He first played for the All Blacks – New Zealand's national team – during the 2004 tour to the United Kingdom and ...more
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Dylan Hartley is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Athletes from New Zealand
Dylan Hartley

Birthplace: Rotorua, New Zealand

Nationality: England, New Zealand

Dylan Hartley (born 24 March 1986) is a New Zealand-born English rugby union player who plays at hooker for England and Northampton Saints as co-captain. Hartley has been captain of England ...more
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Bob Fitzsimmons is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Athletes from New Zealand

Birthplace: Helston, United Kingdom

Nationality: United States of America, United Kingdom, New Zealand

Robert James Fitzsimmons (26 May 1863 – 22 October 1917) was a British professional boxer who made boxing history as the sport's first three-division world champion. He also achieved fame for ...more

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Fuifui Moimoi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Athletes from New Zealand

Birthplace: Nukuʻalofa, Tonga

Nationality: Tonga, New Zealand

Fuifui Moimoi (born 26 September 1979) is a rugby league footballer who plays as a prop for Workington Town in League 1. He previously played Rugby League for Toronto Wolfpack in the English ...more
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Richard Kahui is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Athletes from New Zealand

Birthplace: Tokoroa, New Zealand

Nationality: New Zealand

Richard Kahui (born 9 June 1985) is a New Zealand rugby union player. He plays for Toshiba Brave Lupus in the Top League. He previously played for the Highlanders and Chiefs in Super Rugby, ...more
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Conrad Smith is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Athletes from New Zealand

Birthplace: Hawera, New Zealand

Nationality: New Zealand

Conrad Gerard Smith (born 12 October 1981) is a New Zealand rugby union footballer who plays predominantly at centre. He captained the Hurricanes in Super Rugby, and played for New Zealand from ...more
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Piri Weepu is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Athletes from New Zealand

Birthplace: Lower Hutt, New Zealand

Nationality: New Zealand

Piri Awahou Tihou Weepu (born 7 September 1983) is a New Zealand former rugby union player. Weepu plays for Wairarapa Bush in the Heartland Championship. Generally Weepu plays as a half-back but ...more
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Andrew Mehrtens is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Athletes from New Zealand
Andrew Mehrtens

Birthplace: Durban, South Africa

Nationality: New Zealand

Andrew Philip Mehrtens (born 28 April 1973 in Durban, South Africa) is a former New Zealand rugby union footballer. He was regarded as a top Fly-half, having played first for Canterbury in 1993, ...more