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Famous Rugby Players from New Zealand

Updated June 14, 2019 19.3k views275 items

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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    Digby Ioane

    BirthplaceWellington, New Zealand

    Digby Ioane (born 14 July 1985) is an Australian professional rugby union footballer playing... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    Quade Cooper

    BirthplaceAuckland, New Zealand

    Quade Santini Cooper (born 5 April 1988) is a professional rugby union player and occasional... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Christian Lealiifano

    BirthplaceAuckland, New Zealand

    Christian Lealiifano (born 24 September 1987), is an Australian rugby player. He is of Samoan... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Richie McCaw

    BirthplaceOamaru, New Zealand

    Richard Hugh McCaw (born 31 December 1980) is a retired New Zealand rugby union player. He... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Dan Carter

    Dan Carter

    Age: 38

    BirthplaceLeeston, New Zealand

    Daniel William Carter (born 5 March 1982) is a New Zealand rugby union player. Carter plays... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Cooper Vuna

    BirthplaceAuckland, New Zealand

    Kerry Cooper Vuna (born 5 July 1987) is a professional rugby footballer who plays on the wing... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Conrad Smith

    BirthplaceHawera, New Zealand

    Conrad Gerard Smith (born 12 October 1981) is a New Zealand rugby union footballer who plays... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Chris Feauai-Sautia

    BirthplaceAuckland, New Zealand

    Chris Feauai-Sautia is an Australian professional rugby union footballer. He plays for the... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Kieran Read

    BirthplacePapakura, Auckland, New Zealand

    Kieran James Read (born 26 October 1985) is the current captain of the All Blacks, New... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Israel Dagg

    BirthplaceMarton, New Zealand

    Israel Jamahl Akuhata Dagg (born 6 June 1988) is a former New Zealand rugby union player who... more on Wikipedia
  • 11

    James Parsons

    Age: 33

    BirthplacePalmerston North, New Zealand

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

    Piri Weepu

    Age: 37

    BirthplaceLower Hutt, New Zealand

    Piri Awahou Tihou Weepu (born 7 September 1983) is a New Zealand former rugby union player.... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Sonny Bill Williams

    BirthplaceAuckland, New Zealand

    Sonny William Williams (born 3 August 1985) is a New Zealand rugby union footballer,... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Jason Eaton

    BirthplacePalmerston North, New Zealand

    Jason John Eaton (born 21 August 1982) is a New Zealand rugby union player. He plays as a... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Corey Flynn

    BirthplaceInvercargill, New Zealand

    Corey Robert Flynn (born 5 January 1981) is a New Zealand rugby union player who currently... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Andrew Hore

    BirthplaceDunedin, New Zealand

    Andrew Keith Hore (born 13 September 1978) is a former New Zealand rugby union player. He... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    John Kirwan

    BirthplaceAuckland, New Zealand

    Sir John James Patrick Kirwan (born 16 December 1964) is a New Zealand rugby union coach and... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Peter Betham

    BirthplaceWellington, New Zealand

    Peter Betham (born 6 January 1989) is a professional rugby union player. He currently plays... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Ma'a Nonu

    Ma'a Nonu

    Age: 38

    BirthplaceWellington, New Zealand

    Ma'a Allan Nonu (; born 21 May 1982) is a professional rugby union player from New Zealand... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Richard Kahui

    BirthplaceTokoroa, New Zealand

    Richard Kahui (born 9 June 1985) is a New Zealand rugby union player. He plays for Toshiba... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Rene Ranger

    Rene Ranger

    Age: 33

    BirthplaceWhangarei, New Zealand

    Rene Ranger (born 30 September 1986) is a New Zealand rugby union player who is plays for... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Willie Mason

    BirthplaceAuckland, New Zealand

    Viliami William 'Willie' Marshall Mason (born 15 April 1980) is a former professional rugby... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Julian Savea

    BirthplaceWellington, New Zealand

    Julian Savea (born 7 August 1990) is a New Zealand rugby union player and is best-known for... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Manu Vatuvei

    BirthplaceAuckland, New Zealand

    Manu Vatuvei (; born 4 March 1986) is a former professional rugby league footballer who was... more on Wikipedia
  • 25

    BirthplaceWellington, New Zealand

    Michael Joseph Deans Hobbs (born 18 October 1987) is a professional rugby union player. He... more on Wikipedia