As you will all no doubt know by now, our Vice President, legend and NZ icon, Sir Colin 'Pinetree' Meads passed away after a long and typically brave battle with illness. He will be sorely missed not only by the RMS but the whole rugby world.
He died in August at the age of eighty-one and will rightly be remembered as one of the true giants of the rugby world. An All Black on 133 occasions between 1957 and 1971, he appeared in fifty-five tests and captained his country against the 1971 Lions. His principal position was in the second row, though he also played in the back row at test level. Known to many by his nickname “Pinetree”, he toured on numerous occasions, visiting Australia in 1957, 1962 and 1968, South Africa in 1960 and 1970 and Great Britain and France in 1963 and 1967. In addition to facing the 1971 Lions he also played against the British tourists in 1959 and 1966. Sir Colin Meads was a King Country player, representing his province in 139 games. After his playing days he became a respected coach and administrator. He was a great friend of our society and kindly agreed to be one of our Vice-Presidents. I know some have you have been privileged to meet the great man, and I am certain that those of you who have done so will cherish the memories of such meetings. Everyone in the Rugby Memorabilia Society sends their heartfelt sympathy to Sir Colin’s family at this sad time. A true rugby legend has left us.
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