Colin Meads KNZM MBE

Colin Earl Meads KNZM MBE (1936 - 2017)

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Sir Colin Earl Meads KNZM MBE
Born in Cambridge, Waikato, New Zealandmap
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Died in Te Kuiti, Waikato, New Zealandmap
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Born: Colin was born in 1936 [1] [2] in Cambridge, Waikato, New Zealand. He was the son of Vere Meads and Leur (Gray) Meads.

Married: Colin married Verna Lang in 1957 [2] in Te Kuiti, Waikato, New Zealand.

Life History: Sir Colin was a New Zealand rugby union player. He played 55 test matches (133 games), most frequently in the lock forward position, for New Zealand's national team, the All Blacks, from 1957 until 1971.

Meads is widely considered one of the greatest players in history. Nicknamed 'Pinetree' due to his physical presence, he was an icon within New Zealand rugby, and was named the country's Player of the Century at the NZRFU Awards in 1999 [3]

Here is the link to the full Wikipedia article Sir Colin Meads on Wikipedia

Honours: In the 1971 New Year Honours, Meads was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire for services to rugby. He was appointed a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2001 New Year Honours. In the Special Honours 2009, following the restoration of titular honours by the New Zealand government, Meads accepted redesignation as a Knight Companion of The New Zealand Order of Merit.

On 19 June 2017, during the then-ongoing British and Irish Lions tour, a statue of Meads was unveiled in the Te Kuiti town centre.

Died: Sir Colin passed away in 2017 [1] as a result of cancer in Te Kuiti, Waikato, New Zealand. In August 2016 it was announced that Meads had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. When he died as a mark of respect many New Zealanders placed rugby balls outside the front door of their homes.


  1. 1.0 1.1 NZBDM Death 2107/23835 Birth Date 3 June 1936
  2. 2.0 2.1 Pauline Meads & Diane Fletcher, Meads Family Tree 1803 to 1983 (book) by Pauline Meads and Diane Fletcher For further information click here.
  3. WikiPedia writeup for Sir Colin

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