THE FAM­ILY MAN

New Zealand Woman’s Weekly - - COVER STORY -

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

New Zealan­der.”

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.

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