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|Title:||Colin Meads : All Black|
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|Book Type:||Small hardcover|
|Size (mm):||150 w x 220 h x 25 d|
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Nice sports collectors book. Illustrated with B&W photos.
As the national game, rugby has dominated sports writing in this country. Colin Meads, long regarded as our greatest rugby player.
Alex Veysey’s Colin Meads: All Black (1974) was the work of one of New Zealand’s foremost sportswriters. For some it is still the benchmark by which all sports biographies in New Zealand are measured. Sir Colin Earl Meads was no giant, yet his colossal shadow stretched around the globe even before opponents were exposed to his ferocity on the rugby fields. Standing 1.92m and weighing around 100kg, the King Country farmer, by modern-day standards, would probably be classified as too short to be an international lock. The athletic Meads, though, fitted the role perfectly during his All Blacks' career which began against New South Wales in Sydney in 1957 and ended 14 years later when he captained the All Blacks to a 14-all draw in the fourth and final test against the British and Irish Lions in Auckland.
Sir Colin Earl Meads, KNZM, MBE (born 1936), is a former New Zealand rugby union footballer. He played 55 test matches (133 total games), mostly in the lock forward position, for the All Blacks, from 1957 until 1971. Meads is considered one of the greatest players in history. Nicknamed 'Pinetree', he is an icon within New Zealand rugby, and was named the country's Player of the Century in 1999... From 1957 until 1971 Meads was effectively an automatic All Black selection. The International Rugby Hall of Fame considers him to have been 'the most famous forward in world rugby throughout the 1960s'. His strength and high threshold for pain became legendary — best illustrated when in a game against Eastern Transvaal in South Africa, in which he emerged from a ruck with his arm dangling, with an obvious fracture, yet completed the match. When the doctor cut away his shirt and confirmed the break, Meads said "At least we won the bloody game." Meads is regarded by many as New Zealand's greatest rugby player, He is a member of both the International Rugby Hall of Fame and the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame. In 2001 he was made a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, the second-highest honour in the New Zealand honours system. In May 2009 he decided to accept the offer to exchange his DCNZM to Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.