Famous New Zealander Sportspersons

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 1 Israel Adesanya

Israel Adesanya.
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: July 22, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lagos, Nigeria

 2 Jonah Lomu

Jonah Lomu.
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Famous As: Rugby Player
Birthdate: May 12, 1975
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Greenlane, Auckland, New Zealand
Died: November 18, 2015

Jonah Lomu was a New Zealand rugby player whose dominance on the field had a huge impact on the game. Considered the first global superstar of rugby, Jonah Lomu proved to be a crowd-puller. In 2007, he was inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame. In 2011, he was inducted into the IRB Hall of Fame.

 3 Steven Adams

Steven Adams.
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Famous As: basketball player
Birthdate: July 20, 1993
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rotorua

 4 Mark Hunt

Mark Hunt.
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Famous As: Boxer, Kickboxer
Birthdate: March 23, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: South Auckland
New Zealand MMA fighter and kickboxer Mark Hunt won the 2001 K-1 World Grand Prix and also competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Known as the "King of Walk-Offs" due to his habit of walking away before the referee ends the match, Hunt inspired the documentary The Art of Fighting.
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 5 Sonny Bill Williams

Sonny Bill Williams.
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Famous As: Boxer, Rugby Player
Birthdate: August 3, 1985
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Auckland

Sonny Bill Williams is a New Zealand boxer. Interestingly, he played professional rugby union and rugby league before turning his attention towards boxing. A very successful sportsperson, Williams has won several Rugby World Cups. He also represented New Zealand as a rugby player at the 2016 Olympics.

 6 Kane Williamson

Kane Williamson.
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: August 8, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Tauranga
New Zealand national cricket team captain Kane Williamson became the only New Zealander on ICC’s Test team of the decade and led his country to the finals of the 2019 Cricket World Cup. By 2020, he had been named the world’s top Test batsman, with a batting rating of 890. 
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 7 Bruce McLaren

Bruce McLaren
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Famous As: Motorcycle racer, Racecar driver
Birthdate: August 30, 1937
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Greater Auckland
Died: June 2, 1970
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 8 Valerie Adams

Valerie Adams.
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Famous As: Shot Putter
Birthdate: October 6, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rotorua
Star shot-putter of New Zealand Valerie Adams boasts of two Olympic golds and four World Championship titles. IAAF’s 2014 World Athlete of the Year, she was one of 18 children born to an English father and a Tongan mother and first gained attention after breaking a 20-year school shot-put record.
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 9 Richie McCaw

Richie McCaw
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Famous As: Rugby player
Birthdate: December 31, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Oamaru, New Zealand

 10 Brendon McCullum

Brendon McCullum
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: September 27, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dunedin
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 11 Brett Lee

Brett Lee
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: November 8, 1976
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Wollongong

 12 Richard Hadlee

Richard Hadlee
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: July 3, 1951
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Christchurch

 13 Beauden Barrett

Beauden Barrett
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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: May 27, 1991
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New Plymouth

 14 Burt Munro

Burt Munro.
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Famous As: Motorcycle Racer
Birthdate: March 25, 1899
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Edendale, New Zealand
Died: January 6, 1978

New Zealand motorcyclist Burt Munro made three world records, traveling in his Indian motorcycle from New Zealand to the Bonneville Salt Flats in the U.S., and the one made in 1967 still remains unbroken. The 2005 film The World's Fastest Indian, based on his life, featured Anthony Hopkins as Munro.

 15 Martin Crowe

Martin Crowe
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: September 22, 1962
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Waitakere City
Died: March 3, 2016

 16 David Tua

David Tua
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Famous As: Professional boxer
Birthdate: November 21, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Faleatiu, Samoa

 17 Martin Guptill

Martin Guptill
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: September 30, 1986
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Auckland

 18 Trent Boult

Trent Boult
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: July 22, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rotorua

 19 Scott Dixon

Scott Dixon
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Famous As: Racecar driver
Birthdate: July 22, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brisbane

 20 Julian Savea

Julian Savea
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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: August 7, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Wellington

 21 Warren Gatland

Warren Gatland
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Famous As: Rugby union player, Rugby union coach
Birthdate: September 17, 1963
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hamilton

 22 Dan Carter

Dan Carter
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Famous As: Rugby player
Birthdate: March 5, 1982
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Leeston, New Zealand

 23 Kieran Read

Kieran Read
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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: October 26, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Auckland

 24 Daniel Vettori

Daniel Vettori
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: January 27, 1979
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Auckland

 25 Dakota Kai

Dakota Kai
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Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: May 6, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand

 26 Stephen Fleming

Stephen Fleming
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: April 1, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Christchurch

 27 Dylan Hartley

Dylan Hartley
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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: March 24, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rotorua

Dylan Hartley is a former rugby union player who played for Northampton Saints for most part of his career. He was also an important member of the England national rugby union team, captaining the side from 2016 to 2018. As captain, Hartley led his side to a 3–0 series win against the Australian side in the 2016 Cook Cup.

 28 Tim Southee

Tim Southee
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: December 11, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Whangarei

 29 Shane Bond

Shane Bond
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Famous As: Cricketer, Police officer
Birthdate: June 7, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Christchurch

 30 Sam Whitelock

Sam Whitelock
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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: October 12, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Palmerston North

 31 Ross Taylor

Ross Taylor
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: March 8, 1984
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lower Hutt

 32 Quade Cooper

Quade Cooper
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Famous As: Rugby union player, Boxer
Birthdate: April 5, 1988
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tokoroa

 33 Stephen Paea

Stephen Paea
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Famous As: American Football player
Birthdate: May 11, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand

 34 Shaun Tait

Shaun Tait
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: February 22, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Adelaide

 35 Tana Umaga

Tana Umaga
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Famous As: Rugby league player, Rugby union player, Actor
Birthdate: May 27, 1973
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lower Hutt

 36 Chris Cairns

Chris Cairns
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: June 13, 1970
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Picton

 37 Ben Smith

Ben Smith
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Famous As: rugby union player
Birthdate: June 1, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dunedin

 38 Jerry Collins

Jerry Collins
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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: November 4, 1980
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Apia
Died: June 5, 2015

 39 Michael Holding

Michael Holding
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: February 16, 1954
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kingston

 40 Brodie Retallick

Brodie Retallick
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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: May 31, 1991
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Waimakariri District

 41 Chris Amon

Chris Amon
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Famous As: Racecar driver
Birthdate: July 20, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bulls, New Zealand
Died: August 3, 2016

 42 TJ Perenara

TJ Perenara
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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: January 23, 1992
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Porirua

 43 Brendon Hartley

Brendon Hartley
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Famous As: Racecar driver
Birthdate: November 10, 1989
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Palmerston North

 44 Ray Sefo

Ray Sefo
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Famous As: Boxer, Kickboxer, Thai boxer
Birthdate: February 15, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Auckland

 45 Brad Hodge

Brad Hodge
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: December 29, 1974
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Melbourne

 46 Marco Rojas

Marco Rojas
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: November 5, 1991
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hamilton

 47 Ardie Savea

Ardie Savea
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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: October 14, 1993
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Wellington

 48 Gemma Flynn

Gemma Flynn
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Famous As: Field hockey player
Birthdate: May 2, 1990
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tauranga, New Zealand

 49 Azhar Mahmood

Azhar Mahmood
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: February 28, 1975
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rawalpindi

 50 Les Mills

Les Mills
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Famous As: Athletics competitor
Birthdate: November 1, 1934
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Auckland