Pathway of fame - Colin Meads

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Colin Meads

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(1936- 2017) Lock, loose forward, New Zealand
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Colin Meads: Born 3 June 1936. Died 20 August 2017.

Universally known as ‘Pine Tree’, Meads was not big by modern standards, weighing 16 stone and standing at 6 ft 4” tall. He was, however, incredibly determined, aggressive, fit and very mobile for a man so tall.

He played 133 times for New Zealand, including 55 tests, scoring 86 points from 28 tries and a conversion. He began his international career as a flanker in 1957 but quickly made his reputation as an immovable second row. He played at the top level for 14 seasons, finishing with the disappointment of defeat by the Lions in 1971. Fergie McCormick described him as “a terrible man with the silver fern on. He regarded the All Black jersey as pure gold. …he stood alone as the greatest player I have ever known”.

His record of 361 first class matches is a New Zealand record. Meads was named the country's Player of the Century at the NZRFU Awards in 1999.


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