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Popularly known as the Kiwis, they became one of the most influential and significant teams in rugby history.
The Original All Blacks established the patterns for all to follow, showing that while the birth of rugby may have been in Britain, its real development was in New Zealand.
They were described, by 1905 hooker George Tyler no less, as the weakest team New Zealand had fielded.
It was fitting, given that New Zealand was one of the countries that pushed hardest for the introduction of the World Cup, that the first cup was won by the All Blacks.
Fred Allen had a distinguished career as a rugby player, including being All Black captain, but it was as a coach that he gained an unmatched status.
Chris Amon was regarded as one of the best drivers never to win a world championship Formula One grand prix.
During an international motorcycling career that spanned four decades, Hugh Anderson won four world championships and 19 national titles.
For years, New Zealand cyclists were highly competitive without breaking through at the highest level. And then along came Gary Anderson.
Dick Arnst was a well-known successful cyclist early this century but it was in his second sporting career, as a single sculler, that he became nationally and internationally known.
Anne Audain is a fighter.
Bill Baillie was one of a small group of New Zealand runners whose footsteps on the world’s tracks in the 1950s and 60s trailed clouds of glory.
When multi-sport was in its formative years in the 1980s, Erin Baker was without peer in gaining success over a variety of distances and disciplines to such an extent that her feats continue to stand the test of time.
Individually and together, Philippa Baker-Hogan and Brenda Lawson were world leaders in rowing in the early 1990s. Between them, they won 47 national premier titles and Baker-Hogan became the first female New Zealander to win a world title when she won the lightweight single sculls in 1991.
He founded rugby league in New Zealand and was one of the instigators of international league, organising the first tests in Australia, England and Wales.
One of the world’s celebrated aviation pioneers of the 1930s, Batten forsook a promising career as a concert pianist to find her glory in the sky.
During a seven-year international career, Baxter played a record 94 games for the Kiwis, including 29 tests, and was reckoned to be the most punishing centre in world league.
From the time in 1971 when Peter Blake won the line honours in the inaugural Cape Town to Rio de Janeiro race, a year hardly went by without him adding to his sailing honours board.
When Ces Blazey was one of the original inductees in 1990, his citation read: “If one word only was allowed to describe him, that word would be `meticulous’.
When wrestling was at the height of its popularity from the 1930s through to the 1950s, Maynell Strathmore Blomfield was its high priest.
Chris Bouzaid was one of the yachtsmen who set the course for New Zealand to gain such international renown in ocean racing.
Godfrey Bowen not only confirmed sheep shearing as legitimate sport, he made it entertainment as well, taking his talents around New Zealand and around the world.
Think speedway and the names of Ronnie Moore, Barry Briggs and Ivan Mauger come automatically.
Bill Broughton was a master jockey who set the standards to which others aspired.
One of three brothers to play rugby for New Zealand, Brownlie is regarded as one of the greatest loose forwards the All Blacks have had.
One of New Zealand’s greatest swimmers, Champion was the first New Zealander to win an Olympic gold medal - though he won it in the name of Australasia, the combined team that took part in the 1908 and 1912 Olympics.