Colin Meads

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Dr Farah Palmer is a leading contender to become the next chair of NZR. File photograph: Getty Images

Dr Farah Palmer is many things. A Rugby World Cup-winning captain. A national representative for a decade. Associate dean and senior lecturer at the M(...)

South African president Nelson Mandela presents the William Webb Ellis trophy to captain Francois Pienaar after the victory over New Zealand in the 1995 Rugby World Cup Final at Ellis Park in Johannesburg. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Poisonous coffee. The Friday morning before the World Cup final Frank Bunce gingerly moved off his toilet bowl to track down Dr Mike Bowen. “Doc, I g(...)

 Brian O’Driscoll is attended to by  physio Phil Pask and  Dr James Robson as he lies injured on the ground. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

On June 25th, 2005 Lions captain Brian O’Driscoll was the victim of a spear tackle 41 seconds into the first Test against New Zealand in the Jade stad(...)

A Munster squad session. Over the last two decades, Irish provincial teams have had a number of world class players who have set exceptionally high standards. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

On the very few days I am back in Sydney, one of my great joys is having a coffee at my local cafe. The other day my little piece of “me time” was in(...)

Colin Meads in Wellington, New Zealand, in 2007. Photo: Marty Melville/Getty Images

Few sportsmen or sportswomen have so defined their country as did Colin Meads, the former New Zealand rugby captain, who has died at the age of 81. A (...)

Colin Meads has died aged 81. Photograph: Hannah Peters/Getty

All Blacks great Colin Meads has died from pancreatic cancer at the age of 81, New Zealand Rugby has announced. Meads played 133 times for the All Bl(...)

New Zealand outhalf  Beauden Barrett sets up a penalty kick during the  Test against the British and Irish Lions  in Wellington. Photograph: Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images

Steve Hansen insists he has no concerns over Beauden Barrett’s goal-kicking despite the outhalf missing three penalties in New Zealand’s 24-21 defeat (...)

Sonny Bill Williams’ red card proved the key moment as the All Blacks were beaten by the Lions in Wellington. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty

Time to put the red wig, custard pies and oversized shoes back in the wardrobe - Warren Gatland is a clown no more. On Saturday morning the Lions coa(...)

Kurt McQuilkin: “Coaching a club that you really care about, you know? We had a good amount of success at the time and, yeah, it  just ingrained something in me.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Last stop Bray. We’ll eventually get to Te Kuiti, the sheep-shearing capital of the world, but Bray is where we start as it’s home to Kurt McQuilkin. (...)

Richie McCaw to become most capped player in test rugby, bypassing Brian O’Driscoll. Photo: EPA

Richie McCaw will become the most capped player in test rugby in the Bledisloe Cup decider against Australia on Saturday, notching up yet another reco(...)

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