Famous New Zealander Sportspersons

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 1 
Israel Adesanya
(Mixed martial artist)

Israel Adesanya
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Birthdate: July 22, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lagos, Nigeria

 2 
Jonah Lomu
(Rugby Player)

Jonah Lomu
8
Birthdate: May 12, 1975
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: 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
(Basketball player)

Steven Adams
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Birthdate: July 20, 1993
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rotorua, New Zealand

 4 
Sonny Bill Williams
(Boxer, Rugby Player)

Sonny Bill Williams
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Birthdate: August 3, 1985
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand

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.

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 5 
Mark Hunt
(Mixed martial artist)

Mark Hunt
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Birthdate: March 23, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: South Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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.

 6 
Kane Williamson
(Cricketer)

Kane Williamson
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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 
Ben Stokes
(Cricketer)

Ben Stokes
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Birthdate: June 4, 1991
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Christchurch, New Zealand
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 8 
Bruce McLaren
(Motorcycle racer, Racecar driver)

Bruce McLaren
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Birthdate: August 30, 1937
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Greater Auckland
Died: June 2, 1970
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 9 
Richie McCaw
(Rugby player)

Richie McCaw
5
Birthdate: December 31, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Oamaru, New Zealand

 10 
Valerie Adams
(Shot Putter)

Valerie Adams
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Birthdate: October 6, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rotorua, New Zealand
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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 11 
Dakota Kai
(Wrestler)

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

 12 
Brendon McCullum
(Cricketer)

Brendon McCullum
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Birthdate: September 27, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dunedin

 13 

Joseph Parker
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Birthdate: January 9, 1992
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand

 14 
Dan Carter
(Rugby player)

Dan Carter
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Birthdate: March 5, 1982
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Southbridge, New Zealand

 15 
Aaron Finch
(Cricketer)

Aaron Finch
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Birthdate: November 17, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Colac, Australia
Australian cricketer Aaron Finch became the first cricketer with 900 rating points in the ICC T20I rankings, in 2018. He holds the record for two highest individual scores in T20I cricket. He has also played for various IPL teams.

 16 
Burt Munro
(Motorcycle Racer)

Burt Munro
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Birthdate: March 25, 1899
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Invercargill, 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.

 17 
Beauden Barrett
(Rugby union player first five-eighth, fullback position)

Beauden Barrett
3
Birthdate: May 27, 1991
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New Plymouth, New Zealand

 18 
Richard Hadlee
(Cricketer)

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

 19 
David Tua
(Professional boxer)

David Tua
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Birthdate: November 21, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Faleatiu, Samoa

 20 
Martin Crowe
(One of the New Zealand’s Greatest Batsmen)

Martin Crowe
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Birthdate: September 22, 1962
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Henderson, New Zealand
Died: March 3, 2016

 21 
Martin Guptill
(Cricketer)

Martin Guptill
5
Birthdate: September 30, 1986
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Auckland

 22 
Trent Boult
(Cricketer)

Trent Boult
4
Birthdate: July 22, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rotorua

 23 
Scott Dixon
(Racecar driver)

Scott Dixon
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Birthdate: July 22, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brisbane

 24 
Lydia Ko
(World's youngest LPGA tour winner who took the Women's Open at Ienbee Park, Canada, at 15 years of age)

Lydia Ko
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Birthdate: April 24, 1997
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea

 25 
Kalyn Ponga
(Rugby Player)

Kalyn Ponga
3
Birthdate: March 30, 1998
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Port Hedland, Western Australia

Kalyn Ponga is a rugby league footballer who represents the Newcastle Knights in the National Rugby League (NRL). A multi-skilled sportsperson, Kalyn Ponga played several sports, including soccer, hockey, touch football, golf, and rugby union before becoming a professional rugby league footballer. He even won the under-13 national golf championship in 2010, representing New Zealand.

 26 
Brett Lee
(Cricketer)

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

Brett Lee is an Australian former cricket player best known for his ability to bowl fast. In 2003, Lee played a prominent role in Australia winning the ICC Cricket World Cup. Widely regarded as one of the greatest fast bowlers of his generation, Lee finished his One Day International and Test career after having picked 380 and 310 wickets, respectively.

 27 
Brendon Hartley
(Racecar driver)

Brendon Hartley
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Birthdate: November 10, 1989
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Palmerston North

 28 
Daniel Vettori
(Former all-rounder cricketer)

Daniel Vettori
4
Birthdate: January 27, 1979
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand

 29 
Julian Savea
(Rugby Union Player)

Julian Savea
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Birthdate: August 7, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand

 30 
Kieran Read
(Rugby union player)

Kieran Read
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Birthdate: October 26, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Auckland

 31 
Ajaz Patel
(Cricketer known as slow left-arm orthodox spin bowler)

Ajaz Patel
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Birthdate: October 21, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

 32 
Tim Southee
(Cricketer)

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

 33 
Quade Cooper
(Rugby union player)

Quade Cooper
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Birthdate: April 5, 1988
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand

New Zealand-born Australian rugby player Quade Cooper is also a talented boxer. While he has represented the Queensland Reds and the Melbourne Rebels, he now plays for the Japanese rugby team Kintetsu Liners. In late 2021, he expressed he was hurt to have to withdraw from the Europe tour of the Wallabies.

 34 
Ross Taylor
(Cricket Batsman)

Ross Taylor
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Birthdate: March 8, 1984
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand

 35 
Sarpreet Singh
(Footballer attacking midfielder)

Sarpreet Singh
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Birthdate: February 20, 1999
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand

 36 
Dylan Hartley
(Rugby union player)

Dylan Hartley
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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.

 37 
Shaun Tait
(Cricketer)

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

 38 
Jay White
(Wrestler)

Jay White
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Birthdate: October 9, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand

 39 
Chris Cairns
(Cricketer)

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

 40 
Shane Bond
(Cricketer, Police officer)

Shane Bond
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Birthdate: June 7, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Christchurch

 41 
Denny Hulme
(Racing driver who won the 1967 Formula One World Drivers' Championship for the Brabham team)

Denny Hulme
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Birthdate: June 18, 1936
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Motueka, New Zealand
Died: October 4, 1992

 42 
Ish Sodhi
(Right-arm leg spinner and bats right-handed cricketer)

Ish Sodhi
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Birthdate: October 31, 1992
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ludhiana, Punjab, India

 43 
Mako Vunipola
(Rugby union player)

Mako Vunipola
1
Birthdate: January 14, 1991
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand

 44 
Sam Whitelock
(Rugby union player)

Sam Whitelock
3
Birthdate: October 12, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Palmerston North

 45 
Winston Reid
(Association football player)

Winston Reid
3
Birthdate: July 3, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: North Shore

 46 
Michael Holding
(Cricketer)

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

 47 
Tyler Boyd
(Footballer winger position)

Tyler Boyd
1
Birthdate: December 30, 1994
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tauranga, New Zealand

 48 
Ma'a Nonu
(Rugby Union Player)

Ma'a Nonu
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Birthdate: May 21, 1982
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand

 49 
Carlos Ulberg
(Light heavyweight Mixed martial artist)

Carlos Ulberg
1
Birthdate: November 17, 1990
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New Zealand

 50 
Warren Gatland
(Rugby union player, Rugby union coach)

Warren Gatland
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Birthdate: September 17, 1963
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hamilton