Colin ‘Pinetree’ Meads played 133 games for the All Blacks between 1957 and 1971. In his 55 test matches he scored seven tries and was captain on four occasions. In 1999 he was named as New Zealand's Player of the Century and the International Rugby Hall of Fame rated him ‘the most famous forward in world rugby throughout the 1960s.’ For many New Zealanders, this humble sheep farmer has come to symbolise a bygone era of New Zealand society and rugby.
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The legendary All Black lock was a physically tough, uncompromising player. Rugby writer Lindsay Knight described Colin Meads as New Zealand's equivalent of Australia's Sir Donald Bradman or American Babe Ruth as a sporting legend.