New Zealand has produced some of the top talents in world rugby throughout history. The national rugby team has undoubtedly been putting out great performances and establishing New Zealand as one of the best rugby sides. It is difficult to decipher which player is better than the other one, but here is a list of some of the most famous rugby players from this country.
He can be termed as the father of rugby in New Zealand. He introduced the game to his home town after his return from England, where he had gone to study. The game then spread across the region and eventually the whole country.
He was nicknamed ‘Buck’. He captained the All Blacks from 1987 to 1990. During this period they won all their matches but for a single draw. He is also famous for reigniting the famous ‘Ka Mate’ Haka. He influenced the aggression with which it is played to date.
Sir Colin Earl Meads
It is almost a crime to make such a list without his name. He was among the most if not the most prolific player of his time. He played for the All Blacks between 1957 and 1971. He was named the most famous rugby player by the International Hall of Fame for rugby in 1960. In 2001 he was honoured as a Companion of Merit. He went on to be named as the player of the century in New Zealand in 1999.
This is the only player who comes close to challenging Sir Colin Meads. He played for the All Blacks between 2001 and 2015. During this time he became the most capped player of all time making 148 appearances. He also won two world cup rugby trophies during this time, joining the list of just 20 players who have managed to do so in history.