Colin Meads

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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(...)

New Zealand’s Keven Mealamu: will break Colin Meads’ record for a New Zealander of 361 first-class appearances if he appears as a substitute in Cardiff. Photo: Phil Walter/Getty Images

It was the worst of times but it inspired the best of times. When New Zealand lost to France in the quarter-finals of the World Cup at the Millenniu(...)

Richie McCaw, the All Black captain, who will make his record breaking 134th appearance for the All Blacks with coach Steve Hansen at Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa. Photograph: Getty Images

Richie McCaw has put the historic achievement of breaking the All Blacks appearances record out of his mind as he focuses on leading New Zealand to vi(...)

 Tom Grace is the new Chairman of the Lions Board. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The British & Irish Lions today announced the appointment of Tom Grace as the new chairman of the Lions Board. He succeeds Gerald Davies who had o(...)