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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.

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