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Walter Little is a former centre who represented the All Blacks, North Harbour, the Chiefs and the Blues.

Walter Little Bio

Walter Little is a legend of New Zealand rugby. A giant for North Harbour and the All Blacks, his game spanned the amateur and professional eras. Walter Little was inducted into the RugbyPass Hall of Fame in 2021.

Born 14 October 1969, Walter Little began playing rugby at a young age. Originally from Tokoroa, he came to prominence when he played at college. Spotted by scouts, he was then introduced to the North Harbour representative side.

Walter Little then went on to represent North Harbour from 1988 to 2000, playing almost 150 games for the side. Although rugby’s professional era came towards the end of his career, he did also play several years of Super Rugby. Between 1996 and 1999, he represented the Chiefs. Then, he represented the Blues in 2000. Following this, he enjoyed a brief stint in Japan before he retired.

Although he enjoyed a distinguished domestic career, Walter Little is best known for his career with the All Blacks. Between 1990 and 1998, he made 50 appearances for the side. Sadly, he often struggled with injuries during his international career, but he was still able to form a formidable partnership with Frank Bunce. The pair were crucial in helping the All Blacks reach the Rugby World Cup final in 1995, and they also helped New Zealand remain unbeaten throughout 1996.  

Sadly, a persistent knee injury brought a premature conclusion to Walter Little’s career. Since his retirement, he’s moved into the construction industry in Auckland. However, he remains connected to the game at the grassroots level.