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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
Digby Ioane age 32 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 ...more

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Quade Cooper is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Rugby Players from New Zealand
Quade Cooper age 29 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 ...more

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Christian Lealiifano is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Rugby Players from New Zealand
Christian Lealiifano age 30 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 ...more

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Richie McCaw is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Rugby Players from New Zealand
Richie McCaw age 37 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 ...more

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Dan Carter is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Rugby Players from New Zealand
Dan Carter age 36 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. ...more

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Cooper Vuna is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Rugby Players from New Zealand
Cooper Vuna age 30 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 ...more

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Conrad Smith is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Rugby Players from New Zealand
Conrad Smith age 36 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 ...more

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Chris Feauai-Sautia is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Rugby Players from New Zealand
Chris Feauai-Sautia age 24 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.

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Kieran Read is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Rugby Players from New Zealand
Kieran Read age 32 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 ...more

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Israel Dagg is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Rugby Players from New Zealand
Israel Dagg age 29 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 ...more

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James Parsons is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Rugby Players from New Zealand
James Parsons age 31 James Parsons is a New Zealander rugby union player who plays for the Blues in Super Rugby.

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Piri Weepu is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Rugby Players from New Zealand
Piri Weepu age 34 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 ...more

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Sonny Bill Williams is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Rugby Players from New Zealand
Sonny Bill Williams age 32 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 ...more

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Jason Eaton is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Rugby Players from New Zealand
Jason Eaton age 35 Jason John Eaton is a New Zealand rugby union footballer. He plays as a lock.

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Corey Flynn is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Rugby Players from New Zealand
Corey Flynn age 37 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 ...more

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Andrew Hore is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Rugby Players from New Zealand
Andrew Hore age 39 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 ...more

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John Kirwan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Rugby Players from New Zealand
John Kirwan age 53 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 ...more

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Peter Betham is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Rugby Players from New Zealand
Peter Betham age 29 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 ...more

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Ma'a Nonu is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Rugby Players from New Zealand
Ma'a Nonu age 35 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 ...more

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Richard Kahui is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Rugby Players from New Zealand
Richard Kahui age 32 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 ...more

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Rene Ranger is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Rugby Players from New Zealand
Rene Ranger age 31 Rene Ranger is a rugby union player who has played for Montpellier in the Top 14 in France since 2013. Ranger plays the positions of wing and centre. Ranger made his debut for New Zealand on 26 ...more

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Willie Mason is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Rugby Players from New Zealand
Willie Mason age 37 Willie Mason is an Australian professional rugby league footballer for the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles of the National Rugby League. A Tonga and Australia national, and New South Wales State of ...more

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Julian Savea is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Rugby Players from New Zealand
Julian Savea age 27 Julian "The Bus" Savea is a New Zealand Rugby Union Player who currently plays for the Hurricanes in Super Rugby, New Zealand internationally, and the Wellington Lions in the ITM Cup. ...more

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Manu Vatuvei is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Rugby Players from New Zealand
Manu Vatuvei age 32 Manu Vatuvei, is a New Zealand rugby league player who currently plays for the New Zealand Warriors in the National Rugby League competition. His position of choice is on the wing. Vatuvei was a ...more

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Michael Joseph Deans Hobbs is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Rugby Players from New Zealand
Michael Joseph Deans Hobbs age 30 Michael Joseph Deans Hobbs is a professional rugby union player. He plays for the Blues in the Super Rugby competition, having previously played for the Highlanders in 2010. He also played for ...more

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Ross Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Rugby Players from New Zealand
Ross Kennedy age 35 Ross Kennedy is a rugby union player who currently playing with Crusaders.

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Albert Henry Baskerville is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Rugby Players from New Zealand
Albert Henry Baskerville Died at 25 (1883-1908) Albert Henry Baskerville was a Wellington postal clerk, a rugby union forward, author of the book "Modern Rugby Football: New Zealand Methods; Points for the Beginner, the Player, the ...more

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Lachie Munro is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Rugby Players from New Zealand
Lachie Munro age 31 Lachlan Munro is a New Zealand professional rugby player. Munro attended Auckland Grammar School. In 2007 Munro played for the New Zealand 7s side and also the New Zealand under 21s side. He ...more

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Sonny Fai is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Rugby Players from New Zealand
Sonny Fai Died at 21 (1988-2009) Sonny Fai was a Samoan-New Zealand professional rugby league player who played for the New Zealand Warriors.

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Joe Tomane is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Rugby Players from New Zealand
Joe Tomane age 28 Joseph "Joe" Tomane is an Australian professional rugby union footballer. He plays on the wing for the Brumbies in the Super Rugby competition and he has been capped for the

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Colin Slade is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Rugby Players from New Zealand
Colin Slade age 30 Colin Slade is a rugby union footballer who represents the Crusaders in the Super Rugby competition and Canterbury in the ITM Cup, playing primarily at fly-half, as well as all other backline ...more

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Ben Lam is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Rugby Players from New Zealand
Ben Lam age 26 Ben Lam is a New Zealander rugby union player who plays for the Blues in Super Rugby.

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Alby Mathewson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Rugby Players from New Zealand
Alby Mathewson age 32 Albert Samuel "Alby" Mathewson is a rugby union player for the Western Force in Super Rugby. He plays as a scrum-half. He has played four Test matches for the All Blacks.

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Beauden Barrett is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Rugby Players from New Zealand
Beauden Barrett age 26 Beauden John "Beaudy" Barrett is a New Zealand rugby union player. He plays in the fly-half position for the Wellington based Super Rugby side the Hurricanes, and for New Zealand's ...more

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Tom Taylor is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Rugby Players from New Zealand
Tom Taylor age 29 Thomas James Taylor is a New Zealand rugby union footballer. He plays as a Inside Centre or Fly-Half for the Crusaders in Super Rugby. and Canterbury in the ITM Cup. He can also play Fullback as ...more

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Hadleigh Parkes is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Rugby Players from New Zealand
Hadleigh Parkes age 30 Hadleigh Parkes is a New Zealand rugby union player who predominantly plays as a centre or fullback. He currently plays for Scarlets in the Pro12.

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Adam Whitelock is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Rugby Players from New Zealand
Adam Whitelock age 30 Adam Whitelock is a New Zealand rugby union player who plays as a midfield back or wing for the Crusaders in Super Rugby and Canterbury in the ITM Cup.

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Tamati Ellison is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Rugby Players from New Zealand
Tamati Ellison age 34 Tamati Ellison is a New Zealand rugby union footballer who plays for the Rebels in Super Rugby and Otago in the ITM Cup.

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Jacob Ellison is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Rugby Players from New Zealand
Jacob Ellison age 33 Jacob Ellison is a New Zealand rugby union footballer who plays for Otago in the ITM Cup. He is the younger brother of Tamati Ellison. Jacob plays the position of prop. He was born in ...more

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Quentin MacDonald is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Rugby Players from New Zealand
Quentin MacDonald age 29 Quentin Joseph Reuben William Jordan MacDonald is a New Zealand rugby union player. He plays for the Chiefs in Super Rugby and Tasman Makos in the ITM Cup. He previously represented the ...more

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Jackson Willison is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Rugby Players from New Zealand
Jackson Willison age 29 Jackson Dan Kingi Willison is a New Zealand rugby union footballer. His regular playing position is as a midfield back. He plays for the Blues in Super Rugby and Waikato in the ITM Cup.

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TJ Perenara is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Rugby Players from New Zealand
TJ Perenara age 26 Thomas Tekanapu Rawakata "TJ" Perenara is a New Zealand rugby union footballer who represents the Hurricanes in the Super Rugby competition, and the Wellington Lions in the ITM Cup. He ...more

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Adam Thomson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Rugby Players from New Zealand
Adam Thomson age 36 Adam Thomson is a New Zealand rugby union player who plays for the Queensland Reds in Super Rugby. He previously played provincial rugby for Otago and Super Rugby for the Highlanders in New ...more

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Kendrick Lynn is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Rugby Players from New Zealand
Kendrick Lynn age 35 Kendrick Graeme Lynn is a professional rugby union player. A versatile utility back, he is currently playing for Lyon in the French Top 14 competition.

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Tetera Faulkner is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Rugby Players from New Zealand
Tetera Faulkner age 29 Tetera Faulkner is an Australian professional rugby union player. He currently represents the Western Force in the Super Rugby competition. His regular playing position is prop.

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Albert Anae is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Rugby Players from New Zealand
Albert Anae age 28 Albert Anae is a rugby union footballer who plays professionally for the Queensland Reds in Super Rugby. He usually plays as a prop or hooker.

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Richard Kingi is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Rugby Players from New Zealand
Richard Kingi age 29 Richard Kingi is an Australian professional Rugby union footballer. While his usual position is half back, he often plays on the wing and sometimes at fullback.

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Chris Lowrey is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Rugby Players from New Zealand
Chris Lowrey age 31 Chris Lowrey is a New Zealand rugby union footballer who plays for Toyota in the Japanese Top League. He previously played for Auckland in the Air New Zealand Cup and the Blues in the Super ...more

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Tyler Bleyendaal is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Rugby Players from New Zealand
Tyler Bleyendaal age 27 Tyler Bleyendaal is a New Zealand rugby union footballer who plays as a fly-half for Irish province Munster in the Pro12.

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Ben Funnell is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Rugby Players from New Zealand
Ben Funnell age 27 Ben Funnell is a New Zealand rugby union player. He plays in the hooker position for the Christchurch based Super Rugby side the Crusaders and for provincial side Canterbury. Funnell is the ...more