Who will be pulling the strings in New Zealand sport as we head toward 2020? Who's the person you most want on your side in an administrative scrap?

Below are the 20 most powerful figures in New Zealand sport. They all have one of two things in common – control and/or influence.

This is a list that reflects the power individuals wield in New Zealand sport and the influence they are expected to have in the next 12 months. It was a list compiled by our in-house sports experts but not before significant input from several well-placed outsides sources.



20. Sonny Bill Williams


19. Kane Williamson

18. Noeline Taurua

17. David Higgins

16. Peter Burling and Blair Tuke

15. Kereyn Smith

14. Chris Lendrum

13. Farah Palmer

12. Bill Moran

11. Greg Barclay

10. Rob Nichol

9. Steven Adams

8. Peter Miskimmin

7. Grant Dalton

6. Michael Scott

5. Brent Impey

4. Parents

3. Steve Hansen

2. Grant Robertson

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