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New Zealand lost its most famous rugby son last week.
Sir Colin Meads was a giant of a man and has left a mighty footprint. In his playing days there was no one better and probably no one harder. All Blacks didn’t go to the gym back then. Meads got fit through his daily work on the farm. While he was physically and mentally tough, his tactics would not be acceptable these days. One British Lion tells the story of how Meads knocked him out in the lineout and when he came to the referee was standing over him saying,’’if Meads has to punch you again you’re off.’’ Different times indeed.
After his playing days were over Meads travelled the country speaking at various venues and raising money for worthy causes. I met him when he was in the same debating team as my husband at a fundraiser for Opunake High School some years ago. His favourite charity was
IHC and he was a firm believer that those who can should help those who cannot help themselves. He put his money where his mouth was.