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Colin Pinetree Meads RIP

  • 21-08-2017 8:39pm
    Registered Users Posts: 12,332 ✭✭✭✭ Losty Dublin

    Another legend of our game who's gone to the members bar in the clubhouse upstairs :( As reported by

    All Blacks great Colin Meads has died from pancreatic cancer at the age of 81, New Zealand Rugby has announced.

    Meads played 133 times for the All Blacks between 1957 and 1971, appearing in 55 tests, and the King Country lock earned an international reputation for his fierce play. He captained the All Blacks in the famous series against the British and Irish Lions in 1971, and was named New Zealand's player of the century by the NZRFU in 1999.

    Meads was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in August last year, and died on Sunday morning at Te Kuiti Hospital. New Zealand prime minister Bill English paid tribute to Meads after the news was announced.

    "Sir Colin represented what it means to be a New Zealander. He was no-nonsense, reliable, hardworking, warm and very generous with his time," he said on Twitter. "A sad day for New Zealand rugby and for New Zealand. Sir Colin was not only a great All Black but also a genuinely good Kiwi bloke. He will be missed."

    New Zealand coach Steve Hansen also paid tribute me Meads. "His achievements in the black jersey are part of the All Blacks legacy and his loss will be felt over the world," Hansen said. "On behalf of the All Blacks, we'd like to pass on our condolences and sympathy to the family," Hansen said at a press conference.

    "He is a legend of the game, a legend of New Zealand's game, and it is always sad when one of the big Kauri trees fall - and that is what has happened."