Sir Colin Meads' last public appearance the 81-year-old made was in Te Kuiti to unveil his 2.7 metre statue in June
21 August, 2017, 01:28
He was named New Zealand player of the century in 1999.
The former All Black giant died at the age of 81 on Sunday and is survived by his wife Verna. He had such an influence on my life and many others.
Members of the Te Kuiti community are paying tribute to Sir Meads, laying flowers at the newly erected statue of the All Black legend.
"I think it would be fair to say that not only at first but I've always held him in such great awe and esteem that right up till the last time I saw him, I'd still get goosebumps down my spine every time I'm in his company".
Williams said it wasn't just Sir Colin's rugby feats that made him great, it was everything he did off the field, which included giving generous amounts of time to various causes. - New Zealand captain Kieran Read.
South African Rugby: "Thoughts and prayers from the Boks and SA Rugby to our friends in New Zealand on the passing of this All Black great". According to the International Rugby Hall of Fame, he was "the most famous forward in world rugby in the 1960s", the article noted. He never backed down from any challenge or fight, and that's why he was not only a great player, but a great New Zealander.
World Rugby CEO Brett Gosper, cricket star Brendon McCullum and WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker also paid their respects.
Fellow All Black Zinzan Brooke, who has lived largely in the United Kingdom since retiring, wrote a touching tribute to Meads in The Telegraph newspaper. - Former England captain Will Carling, via Twitter. "A man who was everything our country stands for".
As former teammates, opponents and fans took to social media to share their memories of Meads, former Wallabies lock Peter Fitzsimmons rated him "with Jonah Lomu, one of the two greatest All Blacks", recalling former All Blacks wing Lomu who died two years ago from a kidney ailment.
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