Famous Rugby Players from New Zealand

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. {#nodes}
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    • Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand
    Digby Ioane (born 14 July 1985) is an Australian professional rugby union footballer playing for the Panasonic Wild Knights in the Japanese Top League. He previously played for Stade Français, the ...more
    • Birthplace: Auckland, 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. He is ...more
    • Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand
    Christian Lealiifano (born 24 September 1987), is an Australian rugby player. He is of Samoan heritage, and his surname is spelled Leali'ifano when using Samoan diacritics. He currently plays for the ...more
    • Birthplace: Oamaru, 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 World ...more
  • Dan Carter
    Age: 40
    • Birthplace: Leeston, 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
    • Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand
    Kerry Cooper Vuna (born 5 July 1987) is a professional rugby footballer who plays on the wing for Newcastle Falcons in the RFU Championship. He played rugby league as a wing for the New Zealand ...more