Colin Meads

It has been reported that Colin Meads has died today. He was 81 years old.

He had been quite crook for some time.  It was reported a year ago that Meads had pancreatic cancer.

Meads is widely respected for his feats as a rugby player. He played for the All Blacks from 1957 to 1971. He was regarded as Pine Tree but at 6 feet 3 1/2 inches (1.92 metres) he was not particularly tall by today’s standards.

Even earlier time tough buggers end up dying. Many will be sad to see him gone.

6 Comments

  1. chrism56

     /  August 20, 2017

    We used to see Colin a lot at King Country games, or even the local union club games. A true club stalwart, there in his Swanni and Red Bands, or a sou-wester if it was wet..
    You are right about his size though. I remember Russell Alve teliing me that when he and Martin Johnston were locking for King Country, and Colin was the manager, he always made sure he didn’t stand next to the locks in the photos because they were so much taller than him.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  August 20, 2017

      Pancreatic cancer is very hard to treat; it’s more or less a death sentence.

      I like the old style of rugby jerseys; they make the modern ones look cheap.

    • A close relative of mine used to play for King Country in the late 70s early 80s. Colin never sucked up to the rugby establishment, he stood up for his mates and never backed down from your principles. I was honoured to have met him and feel immensely privileged to watch our ABs victorious on the day he drew his last breath

  2. Ray

     /  August 20, 2017

    Tough old bugger, no doubt about that, reputed to be the team enforcer when you could get away with that sort of thing.
    I heard this story from him
    A real hard man who had been given a bit of a smack, said at the next line out.
    “Call that a punch!”
    ” Son, that was a warning”
    In real life he had a really nice way with people and he was a huge worker for IHC both in deeds and as an ambassador

  3. Brown

     /  August 21, 2017

    Mindful of how thuggish rugby was in those days and noting you cannot get away with such behaviour today should we not be pulling his statue down already to send a message to those that would condone violence that violence and hard men, even in sport, are simply unacceptable? Got to send a signal you know.

    I sometimes wonder if he beat the BNZ? Hope so.