Richie McCaw remembers Sir Colin Meads

Richie McCaw remembers Sir Colin Meads

Richie McCaw remembers Sir Colin Meads

Sir Colin Meads inspects the white High Chaparral - The Opera House filly. who sold for $400,000 at the Karaka sales in January 2016.

He was an All Black, a sir, a legend. There was trouble brewing all the time and he was the guy who managed to pull everything together and he changed my view in terms of the way Pakeha interact in terms of kaupapa Maori.

Waitomo District Mayor Brian Haas said the town was proud to say he was a Te Kuiti-proud farmer and wonderful family man who would be missed.

Was elected to the New Zealand Rugby Union Council in 1992.

"He achieved legendary status even while still playing and his reputation for ferocious and fearless play was the epitome of what New Zealand rugby stands for in South Africa".

"Condolences to lady Verna and the Meads family", Williams said.

Meads is regarded by many as New Zealand's greatest ever rugby player, and was named Player of the Century at the NZRFU Awards dinner in 1999.

"I was one of the first photographers to go out to his farm".

"Colin Meads is probably the most iconic New Zealander I can think of", then Prime Minister John Key said in August 2016, when Meads revealed he had pancreatic cancer. He was not only a great All Black but also a genuinely good New Zealand bloke. "He was no nonsense, reliable, hard-working, warm and very generous with his time", English said.

McCaw never saw him play in the flesh, but knew him as someone built on physical and mental toughness.

"In our days sometimes a lot of teams used illegal tactics and they had to be stopped because the referee didn't pick them up, " Meads told The New Zealand Herald in 2014.

"He wore his celebrity on a sound and sensible set of shoulders", Peters said.

"He was such a great inspiration to so many young Kiwis, on the field and off".

He also became only the second All Black in history to be sent off when Irish referee Kevin Kelleher dismissed him for risky play during a 1967 win against Scotland.

Among those paying tribute to Meads was Jacinda Ardern, leader of the opposition Labour party, and current rugby union players.

British & Irish Lions: "We are deeply saddened by the news and our thoughts are with Sir Colin's family and the entire country of New Zealand".

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