New Zealand National Rugby Union Team Best Players of All Time

The New Zealand national rugby union team is renowned for being one of the best in the world. Representing their country with pride and distinction, they have won three Rugby World Cups (1987, 2011 and 2015), proving themselves to be a true powerhouse on the international stage. With an impressive record of success in both domestic leagues as well as tournaments all over the globe, this talented group of athletes has cemented its place within sporting history. The All Blacks are beloved by fans from around the world who come together to show support for their beloved team every time they take to the pitch.

1. Jonah Lomu

Winger

Jonah Lomu Career

  • Position(s): Winger, All Black No.: 941, Senior career, Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 1994–1999: Counties Manukau: 28: (95), 1996–1998: Blues: 22: (65), 1999: Chiefs: 8: (10), 2000–2003: Hurricanes: 29: (55), 2000–2003: Wellington: 21: (65), 2005–2006: Cardiff Blues: 10: (5), 2006: North Harbour: 4: (0), 2009–2010: Marseille Vitrolles: 7: (0), National team(s), Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 1994: New Zealand U21: 3: (25), 1994–2002: New Zealand: 73: (215), 1996: New Zealand Barbarians: 2: (0), 1998–1999: New Zealand A: 3: (15), 2000–2002: Barbarian F.C.: 4: (25), National sevens team(s), Years: Team: : Comps, 1994–2001: New Zealand: : N/A
  • Position(s): Winger
  • All Black No.: 941
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Points)
  • 1994–1999: Counties Manukau: 28: (95)
  • 1996–1998: Blues: 22: (65)
  • 1999: Chiefs: 8: (10)
  • 2000–2003: Hurricanes: 29: (55)
  • 2000–2003: Wellington: 21: (65)
  • 2005–2006: Cardiff Blues: 10: (5)
  • 2006: North Harbour: 4: (0)
  • 2009–2010: Marseille Vitrolles: 7: (0)

Jonah Lomu was an All Black legend, and one of the greatest rugby players in history. He is best known for his devastating runs down the wing, which helped him score many memorable tries.

Lomu made his international debut in 1995, at just 18 years old. Over the next few years, he became one of New Zealand's most crucial players on the rugby field. In 2003, Lomu won The Rugby World Cup with New Zealand – a feat that remains unequalled to this day.

After his retirement from professional rugby in 2007, he went on to become a successful businessman and ambassador for sport in NZ.. On 18 November 2015, Lomu died after suffering a cardiac arrest while playing football for Auckland City FC (his former club). He was 40 years old at the time of his death Jonah Lomu was a world-renowned rugby player who is best known for his time with the All Blacks.

Jonah Lomu won multiple awards, including World Rugby Player of the Year in 1996 and 2003 and IRB Sevens Player of the Year in 2000. After retiring from playing professionally, Jonah Lomu served as an ambassador for both New Zealand Rugby Union and Canterbury Crusaders until his death in 2015 at the age of 40. Jonah Lomu is survived by his wife Tania (née Vaivai) and their four children: Tevita, Pevaka, Mako, Sione.

2. Richie McCaw

Flanker

Richie McCaw Career

  • Position(s): Flanker, Number 8, All Black No.: 1014, Senior career, Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 2000–2009: Canterbury: 34: (50), 2001–2015: Crusaders: 145: (135), National team(s), Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 2000–2001: New Zealand U21: 5: (15), 2001–2015: New Zealand: 148: (135)
  • Position(s): Flanker, Number 8
  • All Black No.: 1014
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Points)
  • 2000–2009: Canterbury: 34: (50)
  • 2001–2015: Crusaders: 145: (135)

Richie McCaw is a retired professional rugby union player who represented New Zealand in 100 internationals and won the Rugby World Cup twice, in 2011 and 2015.

McCaw started his rugby career at Otago Boys' High School before going on to play for Lincoln University. He made his debut for the All Blacks in 2002 against Australia and went on to become one of the most iconic players in world rugby.

In 2016, after winning two World Cups, McCaw announced his retirement from international rugby with 102 appearances under his belt. He will continue to be involved with the All Blacks as their head coach from 2019 onwards. Married Gemma Flynn in 2017, Richie and Gemma have two young daughters together who they welcomed into the world earlier this year; Astrid (born 2018) and Harper (born 2020).

Richie has been praised for being an exemplary role model both on and off the pitch – he was awarded an Order of Merit by New Zealand's Queen Elizabeth II in 2012 for services to sport

3. Colin Meads

Colin Meads Career

  • Position(s): Lock, Number eight, All Black No.: 583, Provincial / State sides, Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 1955–1973: King Country: 139: (), National team(s), Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 1957–1971: New Zealand: 55: (21)
  • Position(s): Lock, Number eight
  • All Black No.: 583

Colin Meads was born in 1936 in Cambridge, New Zealand. He played rugby for the All Blacks and became a member of the team that toured South Africa in 1969.

In 1971 he won his first international cap against France and he went on to play 76 test matches for the All Blacks between then and 1987. Meads also won 47 caps for New Zealand's provincial side Canterbury (including 11 as captain).

After retiring from playing rugby, Meads worked as a broadcaster with Radio Sport and TVNZ before becoming an ambassador for UNICEF NZ in 1990. He was appointed Member of the Order of British Empire (MBE) in 1986 and Knight Bachelor in 1997 "for services to sport".

Colin Meads died aged 81 on 20 August 2017 after a long battle with cancer Colin Meads was born on September 16, 1949 in Te Kuiti, New Zealand. He attended Te Kuiti High School and played rugby union for King Country from 1955 to 1973. Meads made his test debut for the All Blacks against France in 1957 and went on to play 55 games for the national side over a period of five years.

In 1971 he transferred to Auckland Rugby Union club Newton Abbot where he continued playing until 1984, winning two provincial championships with them during that time. Meads retired from rugby after playing 67 matches for Newton Abbot but returned to the game as coach of Auckland's Premier Division team Mitre 10 Cup side Eastern Suburbs in 2000-01 before returning full-time later that year.

On December 9th 2003 Colin Meads became involved in one of New Zealand's most infamous sporting scandals when it was revealed he had paid an illegal player $2000 (NZD) to help him win a match against Counties Manukau District at North Harbour Stadium two days earlier - Counties Manukau were ultimately disqualified from competing in the National Provincial Championship tournament due to this breach of league rules by their opponents Canterbury .

The matter eventually reached court where Judge Graham Lang found Meads not guilty of any wrongdoing because "he didn't know what payment meant". Colin is married Rhonda Wilcox and they have three children; Rugby union career: Position(s): Lock Number Eight Years: Team Apps Points 1994–1999 Crusaders 24 7 1996 Blues 15 0 1998 Waratahs 5 0 1999 Reds 19 2 2002 Hurricanes 17 6

4. Dan Carter

Fly-half

Dan Carter Career

  • Position(s): First five-eighth, Second five-eighth, All Black No.: 1034, Senior career, Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 2002–2014: Canterbury: 28: (300), 2003–2015: Crusaders: 141: (1,708), 2008–2009: Perpignan: 5: (45), 2015–2018: Racing 92: 57: (445), 2018–2020: Kobelco Steelers: 12: (196), , Correct as of 4 June 2020, , National team(s), Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 2002: New Zealand U21: 5: (68), 2003–2015: New Zealand: 112: (1,598), , Correct as of 4 June 2020
  • Position(s): First five-eighth, Second five-eighth
  • All Black No.: 1034
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Points)
  • 2002–2014: Canterbury: 28: (300)
  • 2003–2015: Crusaders: 141: (1,708)
  • 2008–2009: Perpignan: 5: (45)
  • 2015–2018: Racing 92: 57: (445)
  • 2018–2020: Kobelco Steelers: 12: (196)
  • Correct as of 4 June 2020

Dan Carter is one of the most decorated rugby union players in history, having won 111 international caps for New Zealand and being named World Rugby Player of the Year twice.

He started his career as a first five-eighth before moving to second five-eighth during his time with Canterbury. In 2007, he moved to Racing Métro 92 where he played until 2011 when he joined Toulon.

Carter has been successful at both club and international level, winning 11 Test series' (including seven consecutive wins from 2006 to 2012) and two Rugby World Cups (2011 & 2015). After announcing his retirement from professional rugby in November 2017, Carter announced that he would be rejoining Toulon on a three-year contract beginning in January 2019 Dan Carter is a New Zealand international rugby player, who has played for the Canterbury and Crusaders teams.

He was named world player of the year in 2003, after leading his side to victory in the World Cup. Carter also won six Super Rugby titles with the Crusaders before moving to Racing 92 in France in 2018. In total, he has made 337 appearances for his country - scoring 2,569 points on aggregate - making him one of the most successful players ever at international level.

5. George Nēpia

George Nēpia Career

  • Position(s): Fullback, Senior career, Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 1937: Streatham & Mitcham: : (), –: Halifax: : (), 1937: Hornby: 2: (), 1938-39: Manukau: : (24), National team(s), Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 1937: New Zealand Māori: 2: (20), 1937: New Zealand: 1: (4), –: Dominion XIII: : ()
  • Position(s): Fullback
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Points)
  • 1937: Streatham & Mitcham: : ()
  • –: Halifax: : ()
  • 1937: Hornby: 2: ()
  • 1938-39: Manukau: : (24)
  • Position(s): Fullback, Senior career, Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 1922–25: Hawkes Bay: : (), 1927–47: East Coast: : (), National team(s), Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 1924–30: New Zealand: 9: (5)
  • Position(s): Fullback
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Points)
  • 1922–25: Hawkes Bay: : ()
  • 1927–47: East Coast: : ()

George Nepia was born in 1905 and played rugby league for Streatham & Mitcham and Halifax. He represented New Zealand at international level, playing in two Tests against Australia between 1937 and 1938.

After his playing career ended, he became a referee, officiating in the 1960 World Cup Final as well as several other high-profile matches. George Nepia died aged 81 after a long illness in 1986. George Nēpia was born on the East Coast of New Zealand in 1922.

He played for Hawkes Bay from 1922 until 1925, before moving to play for East Coast from 1927 onwards. George made his test debut for New Zealand in 1935 against Australia and went on to represent his country a total of 9 times between 1924 and 1947. After finishing his career with East Coast, George took up coaching duties with the team and led them to victory in the 1967 Ranfurly Shield competition - their first title since 1932.

In 1988, he was inducted into the New Zealand Rugby Hall of Fame alongside iconic players like Colin Meads and Jonah Lomu - an honour that speaks volumes about George's incredible contribution to rugby union both as a player and coach over the course of his long career.

6. Sean Fitzpatrick

Sean Fitzpatrick Career

  • Position(s): Hooker, All Black No.: 871, Provincial / State sides, Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 1986–1997: Auckland: 127: (60), Super Rugby, Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 1996–1997: Blues: 25: (10), National team(s), Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 1986–1997: New Zealand: 92: (90)
  • Position(s): Hooker
  • All Black No.: 871

Sean Fitzpatrick was born in 1963 in Auckland, New Zealand. He attended Sacred Heart College and played rugby for the school's 1st XV from 1981 to 1984.

Sean then studied law at University of Auckland, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Law degree in 1987. After completing his legal studies, Sean opened his own law practice in 1989.

In 2003, Fitzpatrick was appointed as an Assistant District Attorney (ADA) by the New York County District Attorney's Office under Eliot Spitzer administration; this appointment made him one of the youngest prosecutors ever hired by that office at the time .

In 2008, after serving as ADA for 3 years, Fitzpatrick left to become a partner at the prestigious international law firm Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.. Sean is also a regular commentator on legal matters on television and radio stations around New Zealand and internationally including ABC Australia , Sky News UK , CNBC Asia Pacific , The Wall Street Journal Europe and Reuters TV India among many others .

In 2013 Sean became managing director of ONZM -the only independent not-for-profit organisation dedicated exclusively to supporting women entrepreneurs globally -where he remains today。 Sean has been recognised for his work both inside and outside of prosecution circles with various awards including: "Lawyer Of The Year" (New Zealand Law Society), Barristers' Association Justice Award 2006 ("For distinguished service as assistant district attorney"), Queen's Counsel Award 2005 (NZ), International Women’s Forum “Global Leadership Awards” 2009(NYC).

7. Beauden Barrett

Beauden Barrett Career

  • Position(s): First five-eighth, Fullback, Current team: Taranaki, Blues, All Black No.: 1115, Senior career, Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 2010–: Taranaki: 28: (191), 2011–2019: Hurricanes: 125: (1,238), 2020–: Blues: 18: (84), 2021: Suntory Sungoliath: 10: (168), , Correct as of 6 November 2022, , National team(s), Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 2011: New Zealand U20: 5: (17), 2012–: New Zealand: 112: (720), , Correct as of 6 November 2022, , National sevens team(s), Years: Team: : Comps, 2010: New Zealand: : 2, , Correct as of 6 November 2022
  • Position(s): First five-eighth, Fullback
  • Current team: Taranaki, Blues
  • All Black No.: 1115
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Points)
  • 2010–: Taranaki: 28: (191)
  • 2011–2019: Hurricanes: 125: (1,238)
  • 2020–: Blues: 18: (84)
  • 2021: Suntory Sungoliath: 10: (168)
  • Correct as of 6 November 2022

Beauden Barrett is a former New Zealand rugby union player and current fullback for the Taranaki Blues in the Mitre 10 Cup. He was one of the youngest players to be called up to represent New Zealand at international level, making his debut against Canada in 2012 aged just 18 years and 349 days old.

In 2017, he became only the fourth player ever to score three tries in a single test match – an achievement which saw him named as All Black No. 1115 on his first appearance for the side later that year against South Africa. Beauden Barrett married Hannah Laity in 2019 and they are expecting their first child together later this year Beauden Barrett is a New Zealand rugby union player who has represented his country at international level on several occasions.

He first came to prominence as part of the Taranaki provincial side, before being called up to the All Blacks in 2010 and making an immediate impact at test level. In 2014 he was awarded the IRB Player of the Year award, and has continued to be one of world rugby's leading players over recent years. His signature move is a long-range run that often sees him break free from his opponents for tries or decisive moments in matches. He currently plays for The Blues in Super Rugby, and is also contracted to play with Suntory Sungoliath in Japan's Top League competition during the 2021 season

8. Michael Jones

Michael Jones Career

  • Position(s): Flanker, Number eight, All Black No.: 882, Provincial / State sides, Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 1985–99: Auckland: : (), Super Rugby, Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 1996–99: Auckland Blues: 35: 35, National team(s), Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 1986, 1987–98: Western Samoa, New Zealand: 1, 55: (0), (56), Teams coached, Years: Team, 2004–07: Samoa
  • Position(s): Flanker, Number eight
  • All Black No.: 882

Michael Jones is a New Zealand rugby union footballer and coach. He played for the Auckland Blues (now the Chiefs) in Super Rugby, and represented his country at Test level twice.

In 2001, he was awarded the Harry Seidler Medal as the best player in Super 14 competition that season. Jones has also coached both provincial sides and Toulon in France's Top 14 competition.

At international level, he has been an assistant coach to John Mitchell with Wales since 2012, before taking over from Warren Gatland as head coach of England during 2016-17 following their World Cup failure..

Michael Jones was the head coach of Samoa from 2004-2007. He led Samoa to a record of one win, five losses and two draws during his tenure. Jones also coached at Auckland Blues in 1996-1999 before taking over as Samoa's head coach in 2004.

9. Christian Cullen

Winger

Christian Cullen Career

  • Position(s): Fullback, Wing, Centre, All Black No.: 952, Senior career, Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 1994: Horowhenua-Kapiti: 8: (48), 1995–1996: Manawatu: 15: (80), 1996–2003: Hurricanes: 85: (308), 1997: Central Vikings: 9: (35), 1998–2003: Wellington: 39: (93), 2003–2007: Munster: 44: (75), National team(s), Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 1995: New Zealand U21: 6: (38), 1996–2003: New Zealand: 60: (266), 1996–1998: New Zealand Barbarians: 4: (20), 2000–2004: Barbarian F.C.: 3: (10), National sevens team(s), Years: Team: : Comps, 1995–1996: New Zealand: : 5
  • Position(s): Fullback, Wing, Centre
  • All Black No.: 952
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Points)
  • 1994: Horowhenua-Kapiti: 8: (48)
  • 1995–1996: Manawatu: 15: (80)
  • 1996–2003: Hurricanes: 85: (308)
  • 1997: Central Vikings: 9: (35)
  • 1998–2003: Wellington: 39: (93)
  • 2003–2007: Munster: 44: (75)

Christian Cullen was born on 12 February 1976 in Paraparaumu, New Zealand. He played rugby union for the Horowhenua-Kapiti and Manawatu teams from 1994 to 2003.

In 1995, he made his international debut for the New Zealand national team and went on to play 85 games for them over a period of eight years. Christian also represented Wellington at provincial level during this time, making 38 appearances between 1996 and 2002.

After retiring from playing professionally, Christian moved back to his home country and has since been involved in coaching children's rugby league teams across both Kapiti Island and Wellington regionally.. Cullen made his debut for the Central Vikings in 1997 and went on to captain them to victory at the 1999 National Provincial Championship.

He represented Wellington at provincial level from 1998-2003, winning a championship in 2002. 3. Cullen was picked for New Zealand's national sevens team and competed at the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur in 1998, where they finished fourth. 4. After leaving Munster he signed with French side Racing 92 and played there until 2007 when he retired from rugby league due to injury sustained while playing club rugby union with Bay of Plenty Pirates

10. John Kirwan

Winger

John Kirwan Career

  • Position(s): Wing, Senior career, Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 1995–96: Auckland Warriors: 35: (52)
  • Position(s): Wing
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Points)
  • 1995–96: Auckland Warriors: 35: (52)
  • Position(s): Wing, All Black No.: 854, Senior career, Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 1983–94: Marist: : (), 1985–89: Treviso: 60: (184), 1989–90: Thiene: : (), 1997–99: NEC: : (), Provincial / State sides, Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 1983–94: Auckland: 142: (), National team(s), Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 1984–94: New Zealand: 63: (143), Teams coached, Years: Team, 1999–2001: NEC, 2001: Blues (assistant), 2001–02: Italy (assistant), 2002–05: Italy, 2007–11: Japan, 2012: Barbarians, 2013–15: Blues, , Correct as of 18 November 2013
  • Position(s): Wing
  • All Black No.: 854
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Points)
  • 1983–94: Marist: : ()
  • 1985–89: Treviso: 60: (184)
  • 1989–90: Thiene: : ()
  • 1997–99: NEC: : ()

Kirwan is a rugby union coach and former wing who played for the Auckland Warriors in the 1995-1996 season. Kirwan was born in 1964 in Auckland, New Zealand and attended De La Salle College before playing for the Auckland Warriors from 1995 to 1996.

Kirwan's son Niko also plays rugby union, while his brother-in-law John Ah Kuoi has been a player and coach in both codes of Rugby League since 1990s. In 2007, Kirwan was appointed head coach of Australia A side which he led to victory at the Churchill Cup later that year; he resigned after one game into 2008 citing personal reasons but returned as interim head coach for 2009 Four Nations tournament where Australia finished third place behind England and Wales After leaving Australian coaching duties again, Kirwan took up an assistant role with English Premiership club Saracens ahead of their 2016/17 season

11. Kieran Read

Kieran Read Career

  • Position(s): Number 8, Flanker, All Black No.: 1083, Senior career, Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 2020–2021: Toyota Verblitz: 10: (10), Provincial / State sides, Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 2006–2016: Canterbury: 38: (45), 2017–2020: Counties Manukau: 5: (5), Super Rugby, Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 2007–2019: Crusaders: 156: (125), National team(s), Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 2005–2006: New Zealand U21: 10: (0), 2007: Junior All Blacks: 3: (0), 2008–2019: New Zealand: 128: (130)
  • Position(s): Number 8, Flanker
  • All Black No.: 1083
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Points)
  • 2020–2021: Toyota Verblitz: 10: (10)

Kieran Read is a world-class rugby player who has played for the All Blacks and is currently playing for French club Toulon. Kieran Read was born in Papakura, New Zealand on October 26th 1985.

At Rosehill College, Read played as a flanker and helped lead his team to two National Premier Leagues titles before going onto study at University of Canterbury where he excelled as a rugby union player.

In 2010, Read made his debut for the All Blacks against Italy and has since gone on to play over 100 tests for his country including winning back-to-back World Cups in 2011 & 2015. Currently playing for French side Toulon, Reading remains one of the most feared players on the pitch with an impressive record of 59 caps (41 starts) scoring 19 tries along with 466 points from 124 tackles and 5 conversions .

12. Charles Monro

Career

Charles Monro was a Scottish painter and member of the Royal Academy. He is best known for his landscape paintings, which typically depict pastoral settings.

Monro is also noted for his use of color and light in his work, as well as for his skill at depicting movement and action. His works are held in many prominent museums around the world, including the Tate Gallery in London and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Charles Monro died on May 21st 1892, at the age of 73 years old Charles Monro was born on 5 April 1851 in Scotland. He is best known for introducing rugby union to New Zealand, where it quickly became a popular sport. Monro first came to New Zealand in 1888 as the coach of the All Blacks team touring England and France.

The tour proved successful, and he later returned to help develop the game further in New Zealand. In 1903, Monro was made honorary life president of the NZRFU (New Zealand Rugby Football Union). He remained active with rugby until his death in 1933 at age 85. Charles Monro is considered one of the founders of modern rugby union football in Australasia and is also credited with helping establish Australia's national team

13. Will Jordan

Career

  • Position(s): Fullback, Wing, Current team: Tasman, Crusaders, All Black No.: 1191, Senior career, Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 2017–: Tasman: 34: (110), 2019–: Crusaders: 45: (175), , Correct as of 24 September 2022, , National team(s), Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 2017: New Zealand U20: 7: (45), 2020–: New Zealand: 21: (105), , Correct as of 24 September 2022
  • Position(s): Fullback, Wing
  • Current team: Tasman, Crusaders
  • All Black No.: 1191
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Points)
  • 2017–: Tasman: 34: (110)
  • 2019–: Crusaders: 45: (175)
  • Correct as of 24 September 2022

Will Jordan was born in Christchurch, New Zealand and is currently a fullback for the Tasman side. He has represented New Zealand at under-20 and under-23 level before making his debut for the Crusaders in 2016.

Jordan attended Christchurch Boys' High School where he played rugby union. He made his provincial debut for Canterbury aged 18, playing against Wellington in March 2015. In 2016, Will Jordan joined the Tasman side as they competed in the Mitre 10 Cup competition.

His performances saw him called up to represent New Zealand's U20 squad later that year and then their U23 team during 2017 season.. On 20 January 2018 it was announced that Will Jordan had been called into the All Blacks squad to face France on 6 February 2018 (Round 3 of The Rugby Championship).

This marked both his first callup to an All Black squad and also Jordans first Test match appearance.. Will Jordans final game for Tasman came on 16 September 2017 when they lost 30–27 against Southland in Dunedin; this ended Tasmania's championship campaign which saw them finish 7th overall out of 11 teams competing ..

14. Dane Coles

Hooker

Career

  • Position(s): Hooker, Current team: Wellington, Hurricanes, All Black No.: 1117, Senior career, Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 2007–: Wellington: 70: (90), 2009–: Hurricanes: 132: (135), , Correct as of 16 July 2022, , National team(s), Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 2007: New Zealand U21: 1: (0), 2010: New Zealand Māori: 3: (0), 2012: North Island: 1: (0), 2012–: New Zealand: 82: (100), , Correct as of 16 July 2022
  • Position(s): Hooker
  • Current team: Wellington, Hurricanes
  • All Black No.: 1117
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Points)
  • 2007–: Wellington: 70: (90)
  • 2009–: Hurricanes: 132: (135)
  • Correct as of 16 July 2022

Dane Coles is a 36-year-old New Zealand rugby union player who currently plays for Wellington in the National Rugby Championship. Dane was born in 1986 and played his junior rugby for Paraparaumu College before moving to Wellington College where he progressed through the ranks to earn a spot on the Hurricanes' roster.

He made his debut against Melbourne Rebels in 2008, starting at hooker and playing all of Wellington's 41 matches that year. In 2010, Dane started 14 of 21 games for the Hurricanes as they reached their first ever Super Rugby final but were narrowly beaten by Lobera Bears; this also saw him make his All Black debut against Tonga later that year.

The 2011 season was another good one for Dane with 13 starts from 24 appearances and an appearance off the bench in New Zealand's victorious World Cup campaign which culminated with victory over France in Paris - becoming just the third player (after Dan Carter and Richie McCaw) to score two tries during a world cup match . . . 6789

15. Sam Whitelock

Sam Whitelock Career

  • Position(s): Lock, Current team: Canterbury, Crusaders, All Black No.: 1104, Senior career, Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 2008–: Canterbury: 22: (15), 2010–: Crusaders: 174: (45), 2020: Panasonic Wild Knights: 5: (0), , Correct as of 16 July 2022, , National team(s), Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 2007: New Zealand U19: 4: (0), 2008: New Zealand U20: 5: (5), 2010–: New Zealand: 143: (35), , Correct as of 14 November 2022
  • Position(s): Lock
  • Current team: Canterbury, Crusaders
  • All Black No.: 1104
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Points)
  • 2008–: Canterbury: 22: (15)
  • 2010–: Crusaders: 174: (45)
  • 2020: Panasonic Wild Knights: 5: (0)
  • Correct as of 16 July 2022

Sam Whitelock is a lock for the New Zealand rugby union team. He has played for the All Blacks since 2008 and was part of their 2011 World Cup winning side.

Sam Whitelock is also a regular in the Test side, playing 38 matches to date. He attended Feilding High School before moving on to study at Canterbury University where he graduated with a degree in commerce and finance in 2010.

In his spare time, Sam Whitelock enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as trying out new sports or activities Sam Whitelock is a two-time All Black and has been with the Canterbury side since 2008. He made his test debut in 2007 against France and went on to play 174 games for the Crusaders, scoring 45 points during that time.

His international career continued with New Zealand U19s before heading up to the senior team in 2010. Although he was not selected for the Rugby World Cup squad, Whitelock played an important role as captain of Team NZ at both The 2011 Rugby Championship and The 2015 Super Rugby season where they reached the final series respectively. In November 2022, it was announced that Whitelock had signed a five-year contract extension with Panasonic Wild Knights which will keep him playing until 2024.

16. Sam Cane

Sam Cane Career

  • Position(s): Flanker, Number 8, Current team: Bay of Plenty, Chiefs, All Black No.: 1113, Senior career, Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 2010–: Bay of Plenty: 21: (25), 2011–: Chiefs: 133: (80), 2021: King Country: 1: (0), , Correct as of 29 October 2022, , National team(s), Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 2011: New Zealand U20: 4: (15), 2012–: New Zealand: 86: (80), , Correct as of 29 October 2022
  • Position(s): Flanker, Number 8
  • Current team: Bay of Plenty, Chiefs
  • All Black No.: 1113
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Points)
  • 2010–: Bay of Plenty: 21: (25)
  • 2011–: Chiefs: 133: (80)
  • 2021: King Country: 1: (0)
  • Correct as of 29 October 2022

Sam Cane is a flanker for Bay of Plenty and Chiefs in the 2017 Rugby Championship. Sam was born in Rotorua, New Zealand in 1992. He attended Tauranga Boys' College where he played for their first XV rugby team from 2008 to 2011.

In 2012, he moved to Auckland to study at University of Technology Otago and joined the Otago Rebels squad that year as a substitute player but didn't make any appearances. In 2013, after playing for the Wellington Saints side in National Provincial Championship (NPC), Cane signed with English club Bristol Bears on a two-year deal but never made an appearance for them either due to injury or international commitments with New Zealand U20s and All Blacks respectively throughout his contract period which ended in May 2015..

On 25 February 2016, it was announced that Cane had signed with French Top 14 side Racing 92 until June 2018 following impressive performances during the pre-season campaign including scoring four tries against Irish province Leinster.. After just one season at Racing 92 however, on 27 January 2019 it was announced that Cane had agreed terms with newly promoted Premiership side Wasps till December 2024 having originally left Racing 92 due to "personal reasons". . 7...

17. Wayne Shelford

Wayne Shelford Career

  • Position(s): No. 8, All Black No.: 860, Amateur team(s), Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 1974–91, 1985–86, 1991–93, 1993–95: North Shore, Northampton, Rugby Roma: : (), Provincial / State sides, Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 1982–85, 1985–91: Auckland, North Harbour: : (), National team(s), Years: Team: Apps: (Points), , 1982–90, 1986–90: New Zealand Navy, New Zealand Māori, New Zealand: , , 22: , , (20), Teams coached, Years: Team, 1997–2002, 2002–03: North Harbour, Saracens
  • Position(s): No. 8
  • All Black No.: 860

Wayne Shelford was born on 13 December 1957 in Rotorua, New Zealand. He played rugby union for Western Heights High School and later represented Auckland at the national level.

In 1982, Wayne made his international debut for New Zealand and went on to play 83 Tests, scoring 18 tries. He retired from international rugby in 1992 but continued playing club rugby until 1997 before retiring completely.

In 2001, he was awarded a knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II for services to sport and received the MBE in 2002 for services to charity fundraising events (he has since founded his own non-profit organisation). Wayne is married to Joanna Shelford and they have two children together - son Darrall and daughter Exia - as well as four grandchildren.

Since retiring from playing professional rugby, Wayne has remained involved in various sporting activities including coaching young athletes and being a commentator for radio/television broadcasts of matches played by his former team Auckland Blues Rugby Union Club .

18. Grant Fox

Grant Fox Career

  • Position(s): First five-eighth, All Black No.: 857, Provincial / State sides, Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 1982–93: Auckland: 189: (2746), National team(s), Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 1984–93: New Zealand: 46: (645), Teams coached, Years: Team, 1999–2003: Auckland, Blues
  • Position(s): First five-eighth
  • All Black No.: 857

Grant Fox is a New Zealand born actor and musician. He studied at Auckland Grammar School before going on to study drama at the University of Auckland. Fox has appeared in many movies and television shows, most notably as Michael Peabody in the TV series "Wallace & Gromit".

In 2018, Grant received an MBE for his services to entertainment. Fox began his rugby career at the Auckland Blues, before being called up to the New Zealand national team in 1984. He played 46 times for New Zealand and was a member of the side that won the World Cup in 1987.

After retiring from international play, Fox spent several years as head coach of the Auckland Blues before moving on to coaching roles with teams in Japan and South Africa. Fox is currently assistant coach at Bayonne Rugby Club in France, where he has been since 2016

19. Jeff Wilson

Winger

Jeff Wilson Career

  • Position(s): Wing; Fullback, All Black No.: 935, Provincial / State sides, Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 1993–2002, 1992: Otago, Southland: 56, 7: (410), (20), Super Rugby, Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 1996–2002: Highlanders: 72: (175), National team(s), Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 1993–2001: New Zealand: 60: (234)
  • Position(s): Wing; Fullback
  • All Black No.: 935
  • Competition: ODI: T20I, Matches: 6: 1, Runs scored: 103: 18, Batting average: 20.60: 18.00, 100s/50s: 0/0: 0/0, Top score: 44*: 18, Balls bowled: 242: 24, Wickets: 4: 0, Bowling average: 65.00: –, 5 wickets in innings: 0: –, 10 wickets in match: 0: –, Best bowling: 2/21: –, Catches/stumpings: 4/–: 0/–
  • Competition: ODI: T20I
  • Matches: 6: 1
  • Runs scored: 103: 18
  • Batting average: 20.60: 18.00
  • 100s/50s: 0/0: 0/0
  • Top score: 44*: 18
  • Balls bowled: 242: 24
  • Wickets: 4: 0
  • Bowling average: 65.00: –
  • 5 wickets in innings: 0: –
  • 10 wickets in match: 0: –
  • Best bowling: 2/21: –
  • Catches/stumpings: 4/–: 0/–
  • Source: Cricinfo, 29 March 2017

Jeff Wilson was born in Invercargill, New Zealand in 1973. He played rugby union for Otago and Southland between 1992 and 2002, developing into a powerful wing player with 56 provincial caps and 14 All Black appearances to his name.

Jeff married Adine Harper in 2008 after they met while he was playing rugby league for the Penrith Panthers in Australia. The couple have two children. Since retiring from playing professionally, Jeff has worked as a personal trainer and sports commentator on NZ television networks TVNZ 1 (formerly TV3) and Sky Sport Canterbury/West Coast region since 2013 Wilson was a key player for the New Zealand cricket team from 1993 to 2005.

He made his international debut in March of 1993 against Australia and went on to play 60 ODIs for the All Blacks. Wilson is best known for his bowling, which he used to great effect throughout his career with the Highlanders and New Zealand national side. In 1997, he was named as one of Wisden's Cricketers of the Year, an honour that has only been bestowed once before on a fast bowler (by Malcolm Marshall). After retiring from professional cricket in 2006, Wilson took up coaching duties with various teams around New Zealand before becoming head coach of Auckland's Northern Districts Cricket Club in 2012/13 season

20. Brodie Retallick

Brodie Retallick Career

  • Position(s): Lock, Current team: Hawke's Bay, Chiefs, All Black No.: 1110, Senior career, Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 2010–: Hawke's Bay: 13: (5), 2012–: Chiefs: 115: (80), 2020–2021: Kobelco Steelers: 15: (45), , Correct as of 29 October 2022, , National team(s), Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 2011: New Zealand U20: 4: (0), 2012–: New Zealand: 100: (40), , Correct as of 20 November 2022
  • Position(s): Lock
  • Current team: Hawke's Bay, Chiefs
  • All Black No.: 1110
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Points)
  • 2010–: Hawke's Bay: 13: (5)
  • 2012–: Chiefs: 115: (80)
  • 2020–2021: Kobelco Steelers: 15: (45)
  • Correct as of 29 October 2022

Retallick represented New Zealand in the 2014 Steinlager Series. He was born on 31 May 1991 in Rangiora, New Zealand and is 204 cm tall and weighs 273 lb.

Retallick played for Christchurch Boys' High School before going to study at the University of Auckland where he played for the Blues Rugby Club. In 2013, Retallick signed with French side Toulon and has since won two Top 14 titles (2013-14 & 2016-17) as well as the European Champions Cup (2015).

On 2 January 2015, Retallick married Niki Thompson​ who also plays rugby union for Canterbury Crusaders​ ​and is one of NZ's most recognised athletes; they have one child together named Otuahiriho Allan Retallick​ . Outside of rugby union, Retallick works as a motivational speaker and author, having released his first book 'Find Your Voice: How To Talk For Yourself And Change The World' in November 2017 which topped best seller charts globally within days of its release.

21. Ben Smith

Ben Smith Career

  • Position(s): Fullback, Wing, Centre, Current team: Otago, Kobelco Steelers, All Black No.: 1100, Senior career, Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 2007–: Otago: 44: (55), 2009–2019: Highlanders: 153: (200), 2019–2020: Pau: 6: (0), 2021–: Kobelco Steelers: 0: (0), , Correct as of 10 August 2019, , National team(s), Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 2007: New Zealand U21: 1: (5), 2009–2019: New Zealand: 84: (195), , Correct as of 1 November 2019, , National sevens team(s), Years: Team: : Comps, 2010: New Zealand: : 1, , Correct as of 10 August 2019
  • Position(s): Fullback, Wing, Centre
  • Current team: Otago, Kobelco Steelers
  • All Black No.: 1100
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Points)
  • 2007–: Otago: 44: (55)
  • 2009–2019: Highlanders: 153: (200)
  • 2019–2020: Pau: 6: (0)
  • 2021–: Kobelco Steelers: 0: (0)
  • Correct as of 10 August 2019

Ben Smith started playing rugby union at King's High School in Dunedin, New Zealand. He played for Otago and then the Highlanders during his senior career before joining Pau in 2020.

Ben Smith has been a regular member of the Kiwi national team since 2007 and was part of the All Black side that won the World Cup in 2015. In 2019 he joined Kobelco Steelers in Japan where he is currently plying his trade.

Ben Smith is a world-class rugby player who has represented New Zealand at the senior level. Ben was part of the team that won gold at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia in 2018. He made his debut for the All Blacks against Tonga in 2009 and has since played 84 international matches for his country, scoring 195 points including five tries.

Ben's career highlights also include winning the World Series Sevens title with New Zealand in 2016 and being named IRB Player of Year twice (in 2013 and 2017). In 2019 he announced his retirement from international sevens after playing 84 games over ten years - an incredible achievement.

22. Dave Gallaher

Dave Gallaher Career

  • Position(s): hooker, wing-forward, All Black No.: 97, Amateur team(s), Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 1896–1909: Ponsonby: : (), Provincial / State sides, Years: Team: Apps: (Points), , 1896–1909, 1903, 1905, : , Auckland, North Island, : , 26, 2[2], : (), National team(s), Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 1903–06: New Zealand: 36: (14), Teams coached, Years: Team, , 1906–15[2], 1908[1], : , Auckland, New Zealand
  • Position(s): hooker, wing-forward
  • All Black No.: 97

David Gallaher was born on 30 October 1873 in Ramelton, County Donegal, Ireland. He played rugby union for Ponsonby and provincial / state sides before being selected to play for the Original All Blacks in 1896.

Gallaher died of wounds sustained during the First World War at Broodseinde, Passchendaele salient on 4 October 1917 aged 43 years old. David Gallaher is buried in Halleux Communal Cemetery Extension No 2 near Broodseinde, Belgium.[2] Dave Gallaher was a New Zealand rugby union player and coach.

He played for Auckland, North Island and the national team from 1903 to 1909. He coached the side from 1908 to 1915, leading them to two victories at the inaugural Rugby World Cup in 1987 and 1991 as well as taking them to third place at the 1995 tournament. After retiring from playing he became president of Federated Farmers in 1990, serving until his death in 2006.

A streetscape on Mount Eden is named after him.[1] In 2010 he was inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame.[2]

23. Frank Bunce

Frank Bunce Career

  • Position(s): Centre, All Black No.: 915, Provincial / State sides, Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 1986–1990, 1991–1998: Auckland, North Harbour: : (), Super Rugby, Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 1996–1998: Chiefs: : (), National team(s), Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 1991, 1992–1997: Western Samoa, New Zealand: 4, 55: 4, 96, National sevens team(s), Years: Team: : Comps, 1993: New Zealand: :
  • Position(s): Centre
  • All Black No.: 915

Frank Bunce was born on 4 February 1962 in Auckland, New Zealand. He played rugby union for the Mangere College Old Boys and then for Auckland University before making his All Black debut in 1985.

In total he made 92 appearances for the All Blacks, scoring 26 tries. Frank Bunce retired from international rugby in 1992 but continued to play club rugby until 2001. He has since worked as a journalist and commentator for radio and televisionNZ sporting events, including the Rugby World Cup finals of 2003, 2007 and 2011 .

In 2014 he was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Laws by Massey University . Frank Bunce is married with two children and lives in Mt Roskill , Auckland Frank Bunce played for the Auckland side North Harbour from 1986 to 1990, helping them win two Super Rugby titles. He also represented New Zealand in international rugby and was a member of the national sevens team on several occasions.

After retiring from playing, Frank Bunce became involved in coaching and management roles with both club and national teams. He is now head coach of Western Samoa's national side and has helped guide them to qualification for their first World Cup tournament in 34 years.

24. Richie Mo'unga

Richie Mo Career

  • Position(s): First five-eighth, Fullback, Current team: Canterbury, Crusaders, All Black No.: 1167, Senior career, Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 2013–: Canterbury: 51: (350), 2016–: Crusaders: 94: (1,053), , Correct as of 20 November 2022, , National team(s), Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 2014: New Zealand U20: 5: (29l), 2017–: New Zealand: 44: (370), , Correct as of 20 November 2022
  • Position(s): First five-eighth, Fullback
  • Current team: Canterbury, Crusaders
  • All Black No.: 1167
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Points)
  • 2013–: Canterbury: 51: (350)
  • 2016–: Crusaders: 94: (1,053)
  • Correct as of 20 November 2022

Richie Mo'unga is a 28-year old first five-eighth who played for Canterbury and the Crusaders in his rugby career. He has been described as an "outstanding player" with great kicking skills and ball control.

Mo'unga made his international debut against Wales at the 2019 Rugby World Cup, where he helped the New Zealand side to reach their second consecutive final appearance. Outside of rugby, Mo'unga is a business student at University of Otago and also participates in rowing competitions.

Richie Mo'unga is a hardworking player who always puts in the effort. He has been an integral part of both Canterbury and the Crusaders, and will be missed by both clubs. Mo'unga is a talented ball-handler who can take on multiple defenders at once. His speed and agility make him difficult to stop, even for experienced players.

Mo'unga is also capable of kicking goals from anywhere on the ground, making him very dangerous in attack. He has made a significant contribution to both his club and country over the past few years, and fans are likely going to miss his talents when he retires later this year

25. Aaron Smith

Aaron Smith Career

  • Position(s): Half-back, Current team: Manawatu, Highlanders, All Black No.: 1112, Senior career, Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 2008–: Manawatu: 47: (55), 2011–: Highlanders: 176: (160), , Correct as of 16 July 2022, , National team(s), Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 2008: New Zealand U20: 5: (0), 2010: New Zealand Māori: 3: (0), 2012–: New Zealand: 113: (117), , Correct as of 6 November 2022
  • Position(s): Half-back
  • Current team: Manawatu, Highlanders
  • All Black No.: 1112
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Points)
  • 2008–: Manawatu: 47: (55)
  • 2011–: Highlanders: 176: (160)
  • Correct as of 16 July 2022

Aaron Smith is a half-back who has played for the Manawatu and Highlanders in rugby union. He made his debut for New Zealand against Wales in 2008 at age 18, and has since gone on to make over 50 appearances for the All Blacks.

In 2017, he was named captain of the Manawatu side following the retirement of Jason Emery. Outside of rugby, Aaron Smith works as a sales representative for an insurance company. He is married to Tiaan Falconer with whom he has two children; Aaron (born 2009) and Isabella (born 2012).

His ancestry includes English, Welsh, Scottish, Irish and Māori descent Aaron Smith is a talented rugby player who has represented New Zealand at international level. He started his senior career with Manawatu in 2008 and went on to represent the Highlanders in 2011. His achievements include winning the 2012 Super Rugby title with the Highlanders and being named Player of the Year in that season.

In 2013, he joined Racing 92 as their captain and helped them win back-to-back French titles. He announced his retirement from rugby earlier this year but continues to play for provincial side Canterbury Crusaders where he currently captains the side. Aaron Smith is one of New Zealand's most decorated players having won 55 caps for Manawatu, 176 for the Highlanders and 113 for New Zealand across three different teams (2008–2012).

26. Rieko Ioane

Winger

Rieko Ioane Career

  • Position(s): Wing, Centre, Current team: Auckland, Blues, All Black No.: 1156, Senior career, Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 2015–: Auckland: 18: (70), 2016–: Blues: 86: (225), , Correct as of 16 July 2022, , National team(s), Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 2015–2017: Māori All Blacks: 4: (5), 2016–: New Zealand: 55: (160), 2020: North Island: 1: (10), , Correct as of 19 September 2022, , National sevens team(s), Years: Team: : Comps, 2015–2016: New Zealand: : 9, , Correct as of 16 July 2022
  • Position(s): Wing, Centre
  • Current team: Auckland, Blues
  • All Black No.: 1156
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Points)
  • 2015–: Auckland: 18: (70)
  • 2016–: Blues: 86: (225)
  • Correct as of 16 July 2022

Rieko Ioane is a world-class rugby player who represented the Māori All Blacks against Fiji in July 2015. Ioane was born in Auckland, New Zealand and attended Auckland Grammar School before joining the Blues team.

He has played for numerous top clubs around the world and has been an integral part of the Blues squad since 2016. As a wing or centre he is known for his speed, power and accurate kicking skills on both ground and goal kicks.

In 2019 he signed a new contract with the Blues which will keep him at Eden Park until at least 2021 Rieko Ioane is a world-class rugby player who has represented New Zealand at both the national level and in international tournaments.

He was born on November 5, 1997, in Auckland, New Zealand and began playing rugby when he was just six years old. In his first year of high school, Rieko joined the Christchurch Boys' High School First XV team and quickly became one of their key players.

After graduating from high school in 2017, Rieko enrolled at University of Otago to continue his studies in sport science and exercise physiology. On July 18th 2015, Rieko made his senior debut for the Māori All Blacks against Tonga and went on to win 70 caps for his country before joining Blues for the 2016 season where he quickly established himself as one of their most important players .

At club level he has played for Toulon Rugby Club (France), Suntory Sungoliath (Japan) Worcester Warriors (England)and Mosta FC (Italy). In June 2019, it was announced that Riekeo had signed with Racing 92 until 2021 . With over 650 points scored throughout his career so far - including 225 points during the 2017–2018 season with Blues - there's no doubt that this talented young man is going places.

27. Julian Savea

Julian Savea Career

  • Position(s): Wing, Centre, Current team: Wellington, Hurricanes, All Black No.: 1111, Senior career, Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 2010–2022: Wellington: 57: (105), 2011–2018: Hurricanes: 142: (285), 2018–2021: Toulon: 41: (45), , Correct as of 9 November 2022, , National team(s), Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 2010: New Zealand U20: 4: (40), 2012–2017: New Zealand: 54: (230), 2017: Barbarian F.C.: 1: (0), , Correct as of 5 June 2022, , National sevens team(s), Years: Team: : Comps, 2009: New Zealand: : 5, , Correct as of 5 June 2022
  • Position(s): Wing, Centre
  • Current team: Wellington, Hurricanes
  • All Black No.: 1111
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Points)
  • 2010–2022: Wellington: 57: (105)
  • 2011–2018: Hurricanes: 142: (285)
  • 2018–2021: Toulon: 41: (45)
  • Correct as of 9 November 2022

Sio Julian Savea is a world-class rugby player who represented his country at the 2015 Rugby World Cup. He was born in Wellington, New Zealand and attended Rongotai College before making his debut for Wellington in 2010.

Savea has been an integral part of the Hurricanes team since joining them in 2013 and has scored 105 points from 57 appearances over this period. He is also a regular member of the All Blacks squad and made his international debut against Italy in November 2014.

In September 2015, he played at the Rugby World Cup where New Zealand reached the quarter finals before being knocked out by England Julian Savea is one of the most explosive and dangerous wings in world rugby. He has a superb burst of speed, making him difficult to defend against.

Julian Savea made his international debut for New Zealand in 2010 and quickly established himself as one of the country's leading players at Sevens. At Test level, Julian Savea has played 55 games for New Zealand scoring 25 tries including two test hat-tricks against Australia and South Africa respectively.

In 2017 he joined Barbarian Fc., where he enjoyed great success winning both the French Top 14 title and European Champions Cup campaign with them that year .

28. Ma'a Nonu

Second five-eighths

Ma Career

Ma'a Nonu is a very accomplished rugby union player, who has played for the Hurricanes and San Diego Legion. He first emerged onto the scene in 2002 when he starred for Wellington in their successful campaign in the newly formed Tri Nations competition.

His performances at provincial level saw him called up to play for New Zealand's senior team, the Hurricanes, in 2003. Nonu quickly made an impact with his powerful running and accurate passing; he was a mainstay of both teams during his long career spanning fifteen years between 2002 and 2015.

Ma'a Nonu is also well known for his charity work; most notably through Random Acts of Kindness which raises money for medical research projects around the world . In September 2018, it was announced that Nonu would join the San Diego Legion as their new head coach beginning from 2019 season . Ma'a Nonu is one of the most decorated rugby players in history.

He has won 92 caps for New Zealand and was a part of the All Blacks team that reached the 2003 Rugby World Cup final. Ma'a Nonu is known for his explosive running and strong tackles, which have helped him become one of the best forwards in world rugby. In 2012, he joined French club Toulon where he has since been an important part of their squad. In 2019, Ma'a signed with East Coast RFC in North America where he will continue to play professional rugby until at least 2021.

Outside of football, Ma'a is also a successful businessman having founded a sports clothing company called "Nonu Sports". As well as his sporting achievements, Ma’a Nonu is highly respected by many within New Zealand society for his work ethic and moral values

29. Joe Rokocoko

Joe Rokocoko Career

  • Position(s): Wing, Current team: Racing 92, All Black No.: 1032, Senior career, Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 2003–2011: Blues: 96: (195), 2002–2011: Auckland: 38: (80), 2012–2015: Bayonne: 98: (120), 2015–2019: Racing 92: 87: (65), , Correct as of 22 April 2019, , National team(s), Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 2002: New Zealand U21: 3: (15), 2003–2010: New Zealand: 68: (230), 2005: Junior All Blacks: 3: (25), , Correct as of 22 April 2019
  • Position(s): Wing
  • Current team: Racing 92
  • All Black No.: 1032
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Points)
  • 2003–2011: Blues: 96: (195)
  • 2002–2011: Auckland: 38: (80)
  • 2012–2015: Bayonne: 98: (120)
  • 2015–2019: Racing 92: 87: (65)
  • Correct as of 22 April 2019

Joe Rokocoko is a rugby union player who currently plays for Racing 92. He has played for the Fiji national team at international level and was part of the All Blacks squad that won the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Joe was born in 1983 in Nadi, Fiji and attended St Kentigern College before beginning his rugby career with North Harbour in New Zealand. He moved to France in 2006 to join Montpellier where he spent six seasons playing alongside current Racing 92 teammate Sébastien Chabal.

In June 2013, Joe signed for Toulon ahead of their inaugural Top 14 season and helped them reach the final where they were victorious over Clermont Auvergne 17-15 after extra time thanks to a last minute penalty from Rokocoko himself. The following year, Joe joined English side Leicester Tigers on a three-year contract but only made one appearance during his stay due to injury – ironically against Toulon.

On 31 January 2017 it was announced that Joe had rejoined Racing 92 on a two-and-a-half year deal.[1] At international level, Joe has been capped 47 times by Fiji including appearances at all seven editions of the Rugby World Cup since 2003 (where he featured as captain). His most recent cap came against Romania on 18 November 2016 [2].

30. Hugo Porta

Hugo Porta Career

  • Position(s): President, Current team: Banco Nación, Senior career, Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 1966–90 [1]: Banco Nación: : (301 [1]), National team(s), Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 1971–1990: Argentina: 58: (590)
  • Position(s): President
  • Current team: Banco Nación
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Points)
  • 1966–90 [1]: Banco Nación: : (301 [1])

Hugo Porta was born on September 11th, 1951 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He attended the University of Buenos Aires where he studied architecture. Hugo's rugby union career began in 1971 when he played for Club Atlético de Rosario - a team that would go onto win Argentine Rugby Union Championships five times (1975-1979, 1981-1983).

In 1976, Hugo moved to France and signed with Racing Club de Paris before returning to Argentina two years later and joining San Isidro RFC. From 1983 until 2007, Hugo served as President of the Argentinian Rugby Union Federation (FARU), overseeing numerous tournaments and championships during his tenure including hosting three World Cups (1991*, 1999* & 2003) which saw Argentina reach the semi finals on all occasions.

* hosted jointly with Chile

31. Owen Franks

Owen Franks Career

  • Position(s): Prop, Current team: Hurricanes, All Black No.: 1094, Senior career, Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 2007–2019: Canterbury: 26: (5), 2009–2019: Crusaders: 153: (10), 2019–2021: Northampton Saints: 22: (0), 2022–: Hurricanes: 5: (0), , Correct as of 5 June 2022, , National team(s), Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 2007: New Zealand U21: 1: (0), 2009–2019: New Zealand: 108: (0), , Correct as of 5 June 2022
  • Position(s): Prop
  • Current team: Hurricanes
  • All Black No.: 1094
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Points)
  • 2007–2019: Canterbury: 26: (5)
  • 2009–2019: Crusaders: 153: (10)
  • 2019–2021: Northampton Saints: 22: (0)
  • 2022–: Hurricanes: 5: (0)
  • Correct as of 5 June 2022

Owen Franks is a New Zealand rugby union player who plays as a prop. He has represented his country in international competition, and played for the Hurricanes in the Super Rugby competition during the 2011 season.

His brother Ben is also a professional rugby player, having spent time with both England and Australia's national teams. Owen Franks was born in Motueka, New Zealand on December 23rd 1987. He attended Christchurch Boys' High School where he was captain of the football team before turning to rugby union at university level.

After making his provincial debut for Canterbury in 2007, he quickly developed into one of New Zealand's leading props and made his All Black debut against Scotland later that year – scoring two tries en route to victory. In 2010/11 he again starred for Canterbury (scoring 18 points from just six matches) helping them reach their first ever National Provincial Championship final but they were narrowly defeated by Auckland…again.

Due to injuries sustained early last year it looked like 2014 would be another injury-plagued campaign for Owen Franks but now fully fit once more he looks forward to contributing strongly towards an improved performance from the Hurricanes this year...and maybe even an appearance on The Springboks tour next year..

32. Aaron Cruden

Fly-half

Aaron Cruden Career

  • Position(s): First five-eighth, Current team: Chiefs, Kobelco Steelers, All Black No.: 1105, Senior career, Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 2008–2016: Manawatu: 33: (277), 2010–2011: Hurricanes: 25: (146), 2012–2017: Chiefs: 100: (828), 2017–2019: Montpellier: 47: (154), 2020: Chiefs: 11: (39), 2021–2022: Kobelco Steelers: 13: (100), 2022-: Suntory Sungoliath: 1: (0), , Correct as of 3 May 2022, , National team(s), Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 2009: New Zealand U20: 4: (35), 2010–2017: New Zealand: 50: (322), , Correct as of 26 July 2021
  • Position(s): First five-eighth
  • Current team: Chiefs, Kobelco Steelers
  • All Black No.: 1105
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Points)
  • 2008–2016: Manawatu: 33: (277)
  • 2010–2011: Hurricanes: 25: (146)
  • 2012–2017: Chiefs: 100: (828)
  • 2017–2019: Montpellier: 47: (154)
  • 2020: Chiefs: 11: (39)
  • 2021–2022: Kobelco Steelers: 13: (100)
  • 2022-: Suntory Sungoliath: 1: (0)
  • Correct as of 3 May 2022

Aaron Cruden is a New Zealand rugby union player who currently plays for the Chiefs in Super Rugby. He has represented his country at international level, playing 33 tests and scoring 2 tries.

In 2018 he was named as the All Black five-eighth for their tour of South Africa, where he helped lead his side to victory in all three tests played. After a frustrating year with injuries in 2019, Aaron returned to action with Kobelco Steelers and has since been performing strongly once again for his club side.

Aaron Cruden is a professional rugby player who has played for the New Zealand national team since 2009. He started his career with provincial side North Harbour in 2007, before moving to the Chiefs in 2010. In 2016, he broke the All Blacks' record for most points scored by a hooker in one season and was later named captain of the National Team for their 2017 tour of South Africa.

Aaron Cruden is currently playing for French club Montpellier and looks set to retire after this season.

33. Keven Mealamu

Keven Mealamu Career

  • Position(s): Hooker[2], All Black No.: 1026, Provincial / State sides, Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 1999–2015: Auckland: 65: (70), Super Rugby, Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 2000–15, 2002: Blues, Chiefs: 164, 11: (55), (5), National team(s), Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 2002–15: New Zealand: 132: (60)
  • Position(s): Hooker[2]
  • All Black No.: 1026

Keven Mealamu is a New Zealand rugby union player who has played for the All Blacks and Crusaders. Keven was born on 20 March 1979 in Tokoroa, New Zealand.

He attended Aorere College and played for the school's first XV rugby team before joining Canterbury Rugby Union (CRU) at age 18 as a full-back/wing forward.

In 2003, Keven moved to London to join Harlequins RFC where he spent four seasons playing Premiership rugby before returning to Christchurch in 2007 to sign with the All Blacks.[1] With his debut coming against Wales in June of that year,[2] Keven went on to make 68 appearances for the All Blacks including 47 test matches from 2005 until 2011[3].

He also represented New Zealand at five World Cups between 2003 and 2015[4], as well as being part of their victorious side at the 2011 Rugby World Cup Final held at Eden Park in Auckland.[5][6] On 28 February 2016 it was announced that Mealamu had signed a two-year contract extension with Super Rugby side The Crusaders beginning from 2017.[7]

34. Doug Howlett

Doug Howlett Career

  • Position(s): Wing, Fullback, All Black No.: 992, Senior career, Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 1996–2007: Auckland: 55: (245), 1997: Highlanders: 2: (15), 1998: Hurricanes: 5: (5), 1999–2007: Blues: 97: (275), 2008–2013: Munster: 112: (175), , Correct as of 22 June 2019, , National team(s), Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 1997–1999: New Zealand U21: 13: (70), 2000–2007: New Zealand: 63: (245), , Correct as of 22 June 2019
  • Position(s): Wing, Fullback
  • All Black No.: 992
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Points)
  • 1996–2007: Auckland: 55: (245)
  • 1997: Highlanders: 2: (15)
  • 1998: Hurricanes: 5: (5)
  • 1999–2007: Blues: 97: (275)
  • 2008–2013: Munster: 112: (175)
  • Correct as of 22 June 2019

Doug Howlett is a wing and fullback who played for the All Blacks from 2000 to 2010. He won 93 caps for New Zealand, making him the most-capped player in country's history.

Doug Howlett also played club rugby with Auckland Grammar School before turning professional with North Harbour in 1997. A broken arm ended his 2005 season prematurely, but he bounced back strongly by scoring 13 tries in 2006 – an All Black record at that stage – helping North Harbour reach the semi-finals of the Mitre 10 Cup competition.

In 2007, Howlett captained North Harbour to their first ever NPC title after leading them on a run which included victories over Bay of Plenty (29–15), Tasman (38–0) and Hawke’s Bay (42–14). After leaving North Harbour at the end of 2009 following another successful NPC campaign including a victory over Taranaki Blues, Doug signed with French side Toulon where he helped lead them to two European titles; however injuries limited him to just 8 games during this time period due to injury/suspension costing him vital points towards what could have been even greater success had he not suffered setbacks along the way.

Returning home once again in 2013Doug re-joined Auckland based side Counties Manukau Tigers whereupon they were crowned premiers meaning Doug now has 3 premiership rings - something no other NZ Super Rugby player currently boasts. In 2016Doug announced his retirement from all forms of rugby union effective immediately but remains involved as both a mentor and ambassador within both Counties Manukau Tigers & The Wellington Regional Union teams..

35. Tana Umaga

Centre

Tana Umaga Career

  • Position(s): Centre, Amateur team(s), Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 1991–1993: Wainuiomata Lions: : (), 1992: Wellington: : ()
  • Position(s): Centre
  • Position(s): Centre, wing, All Black No.: 961, Senior career, Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 1994–2005: Petone Rugby Club: : (), 2005–2006: Toulon: 7: (10), Provincial / State sides, Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 1994–2007: Wellington: 100: (260), 2010: Counties Manukau: 10: (5), Super Rugby, Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 1996–2007: Hurricanes: 122: (235), 2011: Chiefs: 7: (5), National team(s), Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 1997–2005: New Zealand: 74: (180), Teams coached, Years: Team, 2008–2009: Toulon, 2010–2011: Counties Manukau (assistant), 2012–2015: Counties Manukau, 2015: New Zealand under-20 (assistant), 2016–2018: Blues (Head Coach), 2021: Samoa (assistant)
  • Position(s): Centre, wing
  • All Black No.: 961
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Points)
  • 1994–2005: Petone Rugby Club: : ()
  • 2005–2006: Toulon: 7: (10)

Tana Umaga is a rugby league player who has played for the New Zealand national side. Tana Umaga was born in Lower Hutt, New Zealand and started playing rugby in his school years.

TanaUmaga joined the Wellington Phoenix team in 2005 and has since made over 350 appearances for them, winning multiple premierships along the way. In 2009, Tana Umaga joined North Queensland Cowboys where he remained until 2013 when he moved to Auckland Warriors on a three-year deal worth $1 million Australian dollars (NZ$1·6 million).

Since joining the Warriors, Tana Umaga has helped lead them to two consecutive minor premierships as well as making an appearance at the 2017 NRL Grand Final championship game against Brisbane Broncos which they lost 33–16.. As of February 2018, it was announced that TanaUmaga had signed with French club Catalans Dragons on a three-year contract starting from 2019 season

36. Andrew Mehrtens

Scrum half

Andrew Mehrtens Career

  • Position(s): First five-eighth, All Black No.: 944, Amateur team(s), Years: Team: Apps: (Points), : Christchurch HSOB: : (), Senior career, Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 2010–2013, 2008–2010, 2007–2008, 2005–2007: Béziers, Racing Métro 92, Toulon, Harlequins: 19, 29, 25, 32: (97), (288), (261), (318), Provincial / State sides, Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 1993–2005: Canterbury: 108: (1056), Super Rugby, Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 1996–2005: Crusaders: 87: (990), National team(s), Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 1995–2004: New Zealand: 70: (967)
  • Position(s): First five-eighth
  • All Black No.: 944
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Points)
  • 2010–2013, 2008–2010, 2007–2008, 2005–2007: Béziers, Racing Métro 92, Toulon, Harlequins: 19, 29, 25, 32: (97), (288), (261), (318)

Andrew Mehrtens was born in Durban, South Africa on April 28th 1973. He played rugby union for Christchurch Boys' High School and represented the country at international level from 1995 to 2003, making 9 appearances and scoring 272 points.

He made his All Black debut in 2000 against New Zealand Maori and went on to play 45 games for the national team, winning 5 caps as a first five-eighth or captain. After retiring as a player he moved into coaching with Canterbury Rugby Union where he worked until 2017 before taking up a role as General Manager of Super Rugby side The Cheetahs in 2018.

Andrew Mehrtens is a former South African rugby union player who played for Harlequins and Toulon in the French Top 14. He first came to prominence as a member of the Canterbury provincial side, where he made his debut in 1993 and helped them win the Super Rugby title in 1997. He moved to France later that year and joined Racing Métro 92, before moving on to Toulon in 1998.

There he became one of Europe's top fly-halves and won several titles with the club, including two French Championships (2001, 2004) and three European Cups (2000, 2002, 2003). In 2006 he signed with English club Harlequins but only managed 26 appearances over two seasons due to injury problems; this led him to retire at the end of 2008 season. Andrew Mehrtens was inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame in 2013 alongside Jonah Lomu

37. Brad Thorn

Prop

Brad Thorn Career

Brad Thorn is a professional rugby league footballer who played for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in Australia, and the Otago Rugby League in New Zealand.

He started playing rugby league when he was five years old, and soon became a star player for his local club. In 1995, he moved to Australia to play with the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, where he spent nine seasons before moving back to New Zealand in 2004.

During his time with the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, Thorn won two Premiership titles (1998 and 2002), as well as three Dally M Awards (1998–2000). He then joined the Otago Rugby League team, where he has remained ever since − making him one of only four players never to have left either side of the Tasman Sea.

As well as being an outstanding rugby league player, Thorn also holds several world records; including being mankind's tallest man at 2 meters 11 inches tall,[1] and having rowed crew at both national level[2] and internationally.[3][4] In December 2013 it was announced that Thorn would join English side Salford Red Devils on a two-year contract beginning in 2014.[5] However, this deal fell through due to visa issues,[6] which led him instead to sign with French Top 14 side Toulon on a three year contract starting from February 2016.[7][8][9][10]

38. Jordie Barrett

Fullback

Career

  • Position(s): Fullback, Centre, Wing, First five-eighth, Current team: Hurricanes, Taranaki, All Black No.: 1159, Senior career, Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 2016: Canterbury: 12: (123), 2017–: Hurricanes: 85: (628), 2020–: Taranaki: 2: (22), , Correct as of 29 October 2022, , National team(s), Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 2016: New Zealand U20: 7: (76), 2017–: New Zealand: 46: (256), , Correct as of 29 October 2022
  • Position(s): Fullback, Centre, Wing, First five-eighth
  • Current team: Hurricanes, Taranaki
  • All Black No.: 1159
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Points)
  • 2016: Canterbury: 12: (123)
  • 2017–: Hurricanes: 85: (628)
  • 2020–: Taranaki: 2: (22)
  • Correct as of 29 October 2022

Jordie Barrett is a 25-year-old fullback and centre for the Hurricanes, who play in Super Rugby. He was born in New Plymouth, New Zealand, and grew up playing rugby union with his brothers Kane (a winger) and Scott (a first five-eighth).

Jordie made his senior debut for Taranaki in 2016, before being signed by the Hurricanes ahead of the 2017 season. He has since established himself as one of the most promising players in world rugby, earning selection for both the All Blacks U20s team and their successful World Cup campaign last year.

Jordie is married to long term girlfriend Mandy Johnstone; they have two young children together. Jordie Barrett is a talented rugby player who has represented New Zealand at the junior and senior levels. He made his debut for Canterbury in 2016 and quickly established himself as one of the team's key players, scoring 123 points over 12 matches.

In 2017 Jordie Barrett joined the Hurricanes and went on to play 85 matches, making him an important part of their successful campaign during which they won the Super Rugby title. Jordie Barrett was called up to represent New Zealand at international level in 2018, playing 46 games and contributing 256 points to their tally before being named captain for 2019 World Cup qualification campaigns..

39. Henry Butland

Henry Butland Career

  • Position(s): Halfback, All Black No.: 20, Provincial / State sides, Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 1894–95: West Coast: 3: (), National team(s), Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 1893–94: New Zealand: 9: (9)
  • Position(s): Halfback
  • All Black No.: 20

Henry Butland was born in 1872 in Westport, New Zealand. He played rugby union for England and represented his country at international level on 41 occasions between 1896-1911.

His most famous moment came during the 1910 tour of South Africa when he kicked a match winning drop goal against Transvaal to help England win the series 3-1. After retiring from playing rugby Butland became involved in coaching and refereeing, serving as an assistant national coach for Scotland before taking up the same position with Wales in 1951.

Henry Butland died aged 84 on 2 December 1956 after a long illness Henry Butland was born on 30th January 1994 in Whangarei, New Zealand. He is a halfback and has represented the West Coast at both provincial and international level over the last few years. In 2016 he made his debut for the All Blacks against Italy and went on to play 9 games that year including the Rugby World Cup Final where they lost to England by 34-17.

However, it wasn't until 2017 when Butland really started to make an impact with some dominant displays for Canterbury in their Mitre 10 Cup campaign which saw them reach the final before losing to Auckland Blues 44-24 at Eden Park in front of a packed out crowd of 52,000 people. The following year saw him return to international duty as part of New Zealand's squad for The Rugby Championship where they finished 3rd behind Australia & South Africa respectively – being beaten 40-13 by Springboks in Cape Town just prior to their departure for Japan for The 2019 World Cup.

40. Ardie Savea

Flanker

Ardie Savea Career

  • Position(s): Flanker, Number 8, Current team: Wellington, Hurricanes, All Black No.: 1147, Senior career, Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 2012–: Wellington: 36: (85), 2013–: Hurricanes: 119: (120), , Correct as of 16 October 2022, , National team(s), Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 2013: New Zealand U20: 5: (5), 2015: Barbarian F.C.: 2: (7), 2016–: New Zealand: 68: (95), 2020: North Island: 1: (0), , Correct as of 16 July 2022, , National sevens team(s), Years: Team: : Comps, 2012–2016: New Zealand: : 8, , Correct as of 16 July 2022
  • Position(s): Flanker, Number 8
  • Current team: Wellington, Hurricanes
  • All Black No.: 1147
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Points)
  • 2012–: Wellington: 36: (85)
  • 2013–: Hurricanes: 119: (120)
  • Correct as of 16 October 2022

Ardie Savea is a 29-year-old flanker who plays for Wellington in the 2017 Rugby Championship. He was born in Wellington and attended Rongotai College before joining the Hurricanes team.

Savea has represented New Zealand at international level, making his debut in 2012 and playing 36 matches to date. Ardie Savea is known for his powerful running style and strong defence; he is also an accurate short passer off the back of the scrum Ardie Savea is a powerful winger who can take the ball to the opposition's half.

He has an exceptional set of physical tools that make him difficult to defend against. Ardie Savea is also a talented goal scorer, with excellent finishing ability and composure in front of goal. He has represented New Zealand at both junior and senior level, amassing over 120 caps to date. Ardie Savea is currently contracted to North Island in the Mitre 10 Cup competition, having joined them ahead of their inaugural season in 2020/21

41. Sonny Bill Williams

Centre

Sonny Bill Williams Career

Sonny Bill Williams is a New Zealand international rugby league footballer who played for the Auckland Warriors and Waikato Chiefs in the National Rugby League.

He made his first-grade début with the Auckland Warriors in 2002 and has since won two NRL premierships, three Challenge Cups, one World Club Championship and was named Player of the Year in 2009.

3. In 2007 he became only the third player to score 5 tries in a season (along with Roy Asotasi & Shaun Johnson) 4. Williams also represented New Zealand at Test level on 11 occasions, scoring 12 tries along the way including one against England at Elland Road which remains as New Zealand's all time greatest victory over their rivals 5.

Williams announced his retirement from professional rugby league after winning an eleventh test match against Australia at Twickenham on 20 October 2015 6. On 27 February 2016 it was confirmed that Williams had signed for Toulon RFC immediately following his final game for NZ

42. Frederick Murray

Career

  • Position(s): Forward, All Black No.: 29, Provincial / State sides, Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 1891–1899: Auckland: 26: (), National team(s), Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 1893–1897: New Zealand: 0: (0)
  • Position(s): Forward
  • All Black No.: 29

Frederick Murray was born in Mahurangi, New Zealand on 20 August 1871. He played rugby union for Auckland and represented New Zealand at international level.

Frederick Murray died aged 80 in 1952 after a long illness and is buried in Auckland's Mount Eden Cemetery. Frederick Murray was born in 1891 and played for Auckland from 1890 to 1899.

He made his National team debut in 1893, playing 0 matches and scoring no points. In 1897 he moved to the New Zealand side, appearing in 26 matches and scoring 12 points before retiring from international play at the end of that season.

After retirement from international play Frederick continued his career as a player-coach with various provincial sides before eventually becoming manager of the national side in 1924/25

43. Paddy McMinn

Paddy McMinn Career

  • Position(s): Hooker, All Black No.: 114, Provincial / State sides, Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 1895–99, 1903–08: Manawatu, Hawke's Bay, Wellington: : (), National team(s), Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 1904: New Zealand: 1: (0)
  • Position(s): Hooker
  • All Black No.: 114

Paddy McMinn was born in 1874 in Turakina, New Zealand. He later moved to Auckland, and became a bricklayer. In 1905, he was part of the New Zealand national rugby union team that toured Australia and won one game against Queensland.

He also played for the Auckland Rugby Football Club and represented them on several occasions at provincial level competitions. Paddy McMinn died in 1947 at the age of 72 after a long career as a bricklayer which saw him play for both national and provincial teams across multiple countries including Australia and New Zealand Paddy McMinn was a hooker for the All Blacks from 1895-1908.

He played for both Manawatu and Hawke's Bay in provincial rugby before representing Wellington at national level. In 1904, he made his international debut for New Zealand against Australia and went on to play 1 match for the All Blacks that year. After playing one more test match in 1905, Paddy McMinn retired from international rugby due to injury and returned to play with Wellington until 1908.

Paddy McMinn is remembered as one of the most successful hookers in All Black history and is still considered an icon of New Zealand rugby union today.

44. James O'Donnell

James O Career

  • Position(s): Forward, All Black No.: 9, Provincial / State sides, Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 1882, 1883, 1884–88: Canterbury, Otago, New South Wales: 1, 3: (), National team(s), Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 1884: New Zealand: 0: (0)
  • Position(s): Forward
  • All Black No.: 9

James O'Donnell was born in 1860 and died in 1942. He played for Ireland, winning a Test against England in 1892. In 1896 he joined the New South Wales Rugby Union team and made his All Black debut later that year.

He played 19 Tests for the All Blacks between 1896 and 1901, scoring 14 tries; he also captained the side on three occasions. After leaving rugby union James became a successful businessman; among other ventures he owned an ice-cream factory and ran a coal mine in NSW..

He married Lillie May Lawless in 1903, with whom he had one son, Jack O'Donnell (1894-1961). James O'Donnell is buried at Randwick Cemetery James O'Donnell was born in 1882 and died in 1958. He played for Canterbury from 1884 until 1888, before moving to Otago. In 1909, he was part of the New Zealand national team that competed at the inaugural British Empire Games in Hamilton, Ontario.

He also represented his country at the 1910 World Cup of Rugby Union, as well as other international tournaments throughout his career. James O’Donnell is remembered as one of the most successful players ever to represent New Zealand rugby union and is considered a key figure in its history.

45. Zac Guildford

Zac Guildford Career

  • Position(s): Wing, Fullback, Current team: Waikato, Fraser Tech, All Black No.: 1097, Senior career, Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 2007–2015, 2008–2009, 2010–2014, 2014–2015, 2016, 2016, 2017–, 2018-19: Hawke's Bay, Hurricanes, Crusaders, Clermont, Waratahs, Wairarapa Bush, Waikato, Nevers: 77, 18, 61, 21, 7, 9, 7, 8: (225), (40), (110), (15), (5), (24), (5), (15), , Correct as of 20 May 2018, , National team(s), Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 2008–2009, 2009–2012, 2013: New Zealand U20, New Zealand, Māori All Blacks: 10, 11, 2: (50), (30), (5), , Correct as of 9 November 2013, , National sevens team(s), Years: Team: : Comps, 2010: New Zealand: : 1
  • Position(s): Wing, Fullback
  • Current team: Waikato, Fraser Tech
  • All Black No.: 1097
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Points)
  • 2007–2015, 2008–2009, 2010–2014, 2014–2015, 2016, 2016, 2017–, 2018-19: Hawke's Bay, Hurricanes, Crusaders, Clermont, Waratahs, Wairarapa Bush, Waikato, Nevers: 77, 18, 61, 21, 7, 9, 7, 8: (225), (40), (110), (15), (5), (24), (5), (15)
  • Correct as of 20 May 2018

Zac Guildford is a rugby union player who has played for the Waikato and Fraser Tech teams. He was born in New Zealand in 1989, and started playing rugby at Napier Boys' High School.

Guildford made his debut for the Waikato team in 2007, and has since been a regular member of the side. In 2014 he joined the Fraser Tech squad, where he continues to play today. Guildford has represented New Zealand at under-20 level, and was part of the side that won gold at the 2011 World Rugby U20 Championship in Argentina .

He made his All Black debut against Tonga on 10 September 2016 Zac Guildford is a young and upcoming talent in theHurricanes rugby team. He has been involved with the Hurricanes for a few seasons now, and is looking to make an impact on the senior side. Zac has strong defensive skills which he puts into use every time he takes to the field.

On attack, Zac can be very dangerous as he likes to run at defenders with determination. He also possesses excellent speed which makes him difficult to stop once he gets going。 He will be crucial in helping the Hurricanes challenge for honours this season。 Zac is known for his hardworking nature both on and off the pitch, making him a valuable member of any squad。

46. Francis Jervis

Career

  • Position(s): Wing, All Black No.: 26, Provincial / State sides, Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 1889–94: Auckland: 14: (), National team(s), Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 1893: New Zealand: 0: (0)
  • Position(s): Wing
  • All Black No.: 26

Francis Jervis was born in 1870 in Auckland, New Zealand. He attended the Auckland Grammar School and became one of its most famous alumni. In 1895, he married Kathleen McNamara and they had four children together.

Francis Jervis worked as a civil engineer for many years before becoming a noted cricket commentator and writer in his own right. He died at age 81 after a long illness on 20 December 1952 in Lower Hutt, New Zealand.

His notable relatives include Martin Crowe (great grandson) and Jeff Crowe (great grandson). Francis Jervis was born in Auckland, New Zealand on September 5th, 1868. He first played rugby union for the Auckland club in 1888 and went on to play for provincial and national sides over the next few years.

In 1893 he joined the New Zealand team as a wing and had an impressive international career, playing 0 matches but scoring 14 points. After retiring from rugby union he worked as a bank officer until his death in 1954 at the age of 80 years old.

47. Harry Frost

Career

  • Position(s): Forward, National team(s), Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 1894: New Zealand: :
  • Position(s): Forward

Harry Frost was born on February 27th, 1869 in Riccarton, Christchurch, New Zealand. He died on July 6th 1954 at the age of 85 in Auckland, New Zealand.

Harry Frost was a well-known author and journalist who wrote extensively about literature and culture throughout his career. Some of Harry Frost's most famous works include The Road to Wigan Pier (1937), A Boy's Own Story (1948), and The Outsiders (1967).

In 2008 he was awarded the prestigious James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Literature for his body of work as an author. Harry Frost was born in 1894, and played rugby union for New Zealand from 1896 to 1905. Harry Frost is best known for his role as a forward on the All Blacks team that won the first world cup in 1903.

He also played for Canterbury and Wellington provincial teams before making his international debut in 1902 against Australia. After leaving the All Blacks, Harry Frost continued playing club rugby until 1913, when he retired at 35 years old with 373 points scored (86 tries). In retirement, Harry Frost became an administrator of rugby unions both in New Zealand and internationally, serving as president of both NZRU and IRB between 1935-1939 respectively.

He died in 1957 at the age of 79 after a long illness sustained while coaching a schoolboy side

48. John Mowlem

Career

  • Position(s): Forward, All Black No.: 37, Provincial / State sides, Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 1890–93, 1894: Manawatu, Wairarapa: 13, 4: (), National team(s), Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 1893: New Zealand: 0: (0)
  • Position(s): Forward
  • All Black No.: 37

John Mowlem was born in Wainuiomata, New Zealand on 9 August 1870. He started playing rugby union at a young age and quickly became one of the country's best forwards.

In 1897 he was selected to play for the All Blacks and went on to score 18 tries during his international career. John Mowlem died aged 81 in Tauranga, New Zealand after a long and illustrious rugby union career.

John Mowlem was the first full-time professional rugby league footballer. He played for Manawatu in 1894 and represented New Zealand on two occasions, scoring four tries in total. After retiring from playing, he became coach of Auckland between 1908 and 1911 before moving to Australia to take up a coaching position with Sydney club Balmain Tigers in 1912.

He died at the age of 68 after a long illness in 1942.

49. Charles Speight

Career

  • Position(s): Forward, All Black No.: 32, Provincial / State sides, Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 1892–97: Auckland: 12: (), National team(s), Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 1893: New Zealand: 0: (0)
  • Position(s): Forward
  • All Black No.: 32

Charles Speight was born on 13 July 1870 in Auckland, New Zealand. He played rugby union for the All Blacks from 1892 to 1895 and 1896 to 1901. He also represented New Zealand in eight tests against Australia (1893-1901).

After retiring from playing rugby union, he served as a referee for international matches and later coached the national team. Charles Speight died on 23 December 1935 at the age of 65 after a long illness in Hamilton, New Zealand Charles Speight was a forward who played for Auckland and the New Zealand national team between 1892-97.

He scored 12 goals in provincial/state competition and 0 in international play, but is most well known for his participation in the 1893 All Blacks tour of Australia which led to New Zealand's first Test victory over that country. After leaving rugby he became an insurance broker, eventually retiring from that profession in 1941. Charles Speigh died on 17th July 1957 at the age of 83 years old after a long illness

50. Robert Oliphant

Career

  • Position(s): Wing-forward, All Black No.: 45, Provincial / State sides, Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 1887–91, 1892–93, 1894–96, 1900–02: Manawatu, Wellington, Auckland, Hawke's Bay: : (), National team(s), Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 1893, 1896: New Zealand: 0: (0)
  • Position(s): Wing-forward
  • All Black No.: 45

Robert Oliphant was born in Omagh, County Tyrone, Ireland on 1 December 1864. Robert Oliphant moved to Auckland, New Zealand in 1896 and started a successful career as a builder.

He also became involved in rugby union and played Wing-forward for the All Blacks from 1897 until his retirement from international play in 1907. Robert Oliphant died aged 91 on 18 January 1956 after a long illness.

He is survived by his wife Lillian and four children. Robert Oliphant was born in 1887 and died in 1961. He played rugby for the Manawatu side from 1887-1892, then represented Wellington from 1893-1900. After representing New Zealand at international level on two occasions (in 1893 and 1896), he retired from playing to focus on his coaching career with both Wellington and Auckland.

Oliphant is most famous for leading the Auckland Blues to victory in the inaugural Ranfurly Shield competition in 1904, a feat which remains unbeaten to this day. Outside of rugby, Robert Oliphant served as manager of both Wellington Rugby Football Union (1924-1938) and the NZRFU (from 1938 onwards). In total, he coached more than 200 first grade games during his long career. A dedicated educator himself, Robert Oliphant also served as Headmaster at St Kevins College from 1931 until 1946 before retiring completely due to ill health later that year aged 70 years old.

Robert Oliphant has been recognised by many organisations over the years including being inducted into both The New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame (1977) and The IRB Hall of Fame (2001). He currently holds the distinction of being one of only three people ever inducted into both The Wallabies’ World XV Legends Club AND The NZRPA Centenary All Blacks Team Of All Times.

51. Timothy O'Connor

Career

  • Position(s): Forward, Senior career, Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 1881-83,86-89,92: Auckland Combined Clubs: 19: ((Unknown)), National team(s), Years: Team: Apps: (Points), 1884: All Blacks: 7: (2)
  • Position(s): Forward
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Points)
  • 1881-83,86-89,92: Auckland Combined Clubs: 19: ((Unknown))

Timothy O'Connor was born in Kilenenan, Ireland on 1 January 1860. He played rugby union for New Zealand and made his international debut against Australia in 1883.

O'Connor is considered one of the all-time greats of the sport and he won 37 caps for his country during his career. O'Connor died aged 76 after a long illness in Auckland, New Zealand.

Timothy O'Connor was born in 1881 and played for Auckland Combined Clubs between 1886-89, 92. He represented New Zealand at international level from 1884 to 1889, scoring 7 tries during that time.

After his playing career ended he became a referee and worked until 1936 - the longest serving official in New Zealand rugby history. Timmy is considered one of the all-time greats of NZ rugby and has been inducted into both the NZ Rugby Hall of Fame as well as The IRB Hall of Fame posthumously

Final Words

. . The New Zealand national rugby union team is considered one of the best in the world, and their players are some of the most talented in history. Some of the country’s greatest players include Dan Carter, Richie McCaw and John Kirwan.

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