THE FAMILY MAN
Colin Meads may have been a sporting legend, but to his family, he was “just Dad”.
For a long time, his five children weren’t aware of how famous he was – he was just their father who worked hard on the farm and played rugby. He taught Karen, Kelvin
(Kelly), Rhonda, Glynn and Shelley the importance of hard work and “just getting the job done”, Rhonda told an interviewer.
“He did believe in contributing back to New Zealand after rugby,” reveals Shelley. “He was very proud of being a
He and wife Verna met through their fathers, who were good friends, started dating when they were 17 and married at 21, the year
Colin became an All Black.
In an interview with the Weekly in 2011, Verna said the fact that “in rugby-playing countries, people think Colin can walk on water” opened a lot of doors for the couple, including giving them the chance to travel and meet some wonderful people.
But she never had to stop the accolades going to Colin’s head. “He has always been a modest person, and I don’t feel he has ever put on airs and graces,” she admits.
On the field he was
known for being tough, off field he was “just Dad” to his kids.
Sir Colin and Verna, Lady Meads with children (from left) Shelley Mitchell, New Rhonda Zealand Wilcox, Woman’s Glynn, WeeklyKaren Stockman and Kelly.