One of New Zealand’s great All Blacks, a farmer and community stalwart Sir Colin Meads has died.
He had a reputation for tough play some of which wouldn’t, and shouldn’t, be acceptable today but it would be wrong to judge the past by modern standards.
He played the amateur game. Running, and working on, his farm was a large part of his training.
He was a man who believed in not letting the team down, whether it was rugby, or community work for the likes of IHC’s calf scheme.
Time away from the farm put a lot on the shoulders of his wife, Verna, and their family without the compensation of the money professional players get now.