Colin Meads





  • @kiwiinmelb said in Bledisloe I:

    Wrong thread , apologies, rumours Colin meads passed away

    Very sad news for his family and the rugby world.

    While we all knew it was coming, its still bloody horrible.

    Surprises me that in this day and age of remarkable technology, there is still no cure for bloody rust...



  • A sad day, pinetree lost his test series to cancer. What a man, I never saw him play but the stories are legendary. The aura of the black jersey was built thread by thread by guys like Meads. RIP



  • Saw an article yesterday saying he wasn't well so we knew this was going to happen in the next 48 hours.

    But still a big loss.

    You can argue about a lot of things but you can't argue that he once played with a broken arm.



  • @Sneakdefreak said in Colin Meads:

    Saw an article yesterday saying he wasn't well so we knew this was going to happen in the next 48 hours.

    But still a big loss.

    You can argue about a lot of things but you can't argue that he once played with a broken arm.

    Him and Buck, broken arm and torn ball bag. Two toughest bastards ever



  • The previous thread about him had a great run down of his work with the IHC over the years which if anything surpassed his contribution to rugby . .
    An amazing man who led an incredibly full life, if was a privilege to have a few beers with him.



  • @jegga said in Colin Meads:

    The previous thread about him had a great run down of his work with the IHC over the years which if anything surpassed his contribution to rugby . .
    An amazing man who led an incredibly full life, if was a privilege to have a few beers with him.

    He was a wonderful, wonderful contributor to IHC. He did so much, and it was never about rah rah look at meeeee, just a truly decent man who wanted to help. As someone with a disabled sibling, I will always hold him in the highest regard for that. I think the other thing alongside his amazing international feats, was his unwavering support for grassroots rugby. Bloody hell, walking into a small town rugby club and seeing him propped up at a bar table having a beer...jaw dropping. But that was him. Hard bugger, gruff, loyal, heart of gold.



  • There should be a national day of mourning.He put rugby on the map.And I daresay Te Kuiti too.
    Always looked up to him as a kid. He was always our hero. Such a decent, hardworking, humble man, with huge heart and courage, honest as the day is long, true to his farming roots. salt of the earth. Rolled his sleeves up and got stuck in. Nothing was impossible. Everything had a solution and could be fixed Embodied the Kiwi spirit. Tough as teak (well, pine) but Gentle giant.
    Took everything in his stride, including being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
    Truly Inspirational.
    Without peer.
    Bloody legend.



  • Just a bloody great bloke. RIP.



  • RIP the Mighty Tree

    To paraphrase the Maori proverb:

    Kua hinga te Pinetree i te wao nui a Tane



  • RIP, the mightiest of trees has fallen.

    I expect many at the NOrthland game today were like me in hearing the news when they announced the minutes silence 😞



  • Tree.



  • The old man met him on quite a few occasions and said he was a bloody nice bloke with a strong yet humble presence. Obviously a pretty decent player back in the day too.



  • A sad day for NZ and NZers but also rugby people everywhere. Commiserations on the passing of a legend.



  • Very sad. Cancer is a c*nt. Rest easy Pinetree.



  • I was still shocked when I heard the sad news this afternoon. Pinetree was meant to live forever.

    My signed copy of Meads has more sentimental value now.



  • @Gunner said in Colin Meads:

    @kiwiinmelb said in Bledisloe I:

    Wrong thread , apologies, rumours Colin meads passed away

    Very sad news for his family and the rugby world.

    While we all knew it was coming, its still bloody horrible.

    Surprises me that in this day and age of remarkable technology, there is still no cure for bloody rust...

    Leg End.
    A hero in our household, and we were all backs!

    As an aside I'm very much of the belief that cancer is in all of us and with some the switch is flipped and it becomes deadly.

    Finding a cure is a fool's errand IMHO.



  • I remember with surprising clarity meeting Pinetree at a function, sharing a drink or two, having a chat and my wife says I was like a child meeting his hero.

    @MiketheSnow said in Colin Meads:

    Finding a cure is a fool's errand IMHO.

    Unfortunately, that's close to the truth. Preventing cells from turning cancerous effectively would mean humans could replicate their cells perfectly and hence not age. We'd become immortal.



  • @antipodean said in Colin Meads:

    I remember with surprising clarity meeting Pinetree at a function, sharing a drink or two, having a chat and my wife says I was like a child meeting his hero.

    @MiketheSnow said in Colin Meads:

    Finding a cure is a fool's errand IMHO.

    Unfortunately, that's close to the truth. Preventing cells from turning cancerous effectively would mean humans could replicate their cells perfectly and hence not age. We'd become immortal.

    There is research into treatments that seek out cancers cells based on proteins or other biological markers that they have which differ from healthy cells. Treatments could mean true targetted therapy one day. Who knows if any of us will be around to see it



  • @MiketheSnow said in Colin Meads:

    @Gunner said in Colin Meads:

    @kiwiinmelb said in Bledisloe I:

    Wrong thread , apologies, rumours Colin meads passed away

    Very sad news for his family and the rugby world.

    While we all knew it was coming, its still bloody horrible.

    Surprises me that in this day and age of remarkable technology, there is still no cure for bloody rust...

    Leg End.
    A hero in our household, and we were all backs!

    As an aside I'm very much of the belief that cancer is in all of us and with some the switch is flipped and it becomes deadly.

    Finding a cure is a fool's errand IMHO

    Fuck, that's a bit bleak Mike 😦


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