Legendary All Black Colin Meads Dies
Legendary All Black Sir Colin Meads has died of pancreatic cancer, aged 81.
The former second row, who was named New Zealand’s best rugby player of the 20th Century, played 55 Tests within 133 games for the All Blacks between 1957 and 1971.
He was diagnosed with cancer in 2016 and his wife Verna had told local media on Saturday that he was seriously ill.
“This is a sad day for New Zealand rugby and for New Zealand,” said NZ’s Prime Minister Bill English.
“I have had the privilege of getting to know Sir Colin. He was not only a great All Black but also a genuinely good New Zealand bloke.
“He represented what it means to be a New Zealander. He was no-nonsense, reliable, hardworking, warm and very generous with his time.”
Meads was knighted in 2009 as recognition of his achievements as a rugby player with the All Blacks and for his charitable work.
He was given a statue in his home town, Te Kuiti, in June 2017.
Hansen on Sir Colin Meads: “His achievements in the black jersey are part of the All Blacks legacy and his loss will be felt over the world” pic.twitter.com/H8NZIqo75i
— All Blacks (@AllBlacks) August 20, 2017