22 February 2015
He played 55 test matches (133 total games), most frequently in the lock forward position, for New Zealand’s national team, the All Blacks, from 1957 until 1971. Meads is widely 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 at the NZRFU Awards in 1999.
These days he is a frequent public speaker at events and still appears in a number of television spots, including lifejacket safety awareness, and has featured on Mainland Cheese television adverts throughout the later half of 2009 and early 2011.
His lives in Te Kuiti with his wife, Verna.