Rugby greats lend helping hand

PINE TREE: Former All Black and NZ rugby legend Sir Colin Meads.
PINE TREE: Former All Black and NZ rugby legend Sir Colin Meads.

Two All Black greats have thrown their weight behind a fundraiser for Hamilton Girls' High School senior touch team.

Sir Colin Meads and Liam Messam will speak at a celebrity dinner this weekend to help the girls get to the world's biggest secondary school touch tournament in Queensland.

The team had been eyeing up the Queensland All Schools Touch Football Tournament for a couple of years, coach Hollie Gray said.  

Liam Messam
Liam Messam

Saturday's dinner aimed to raise the funds needed to get them there at the start of October.

''It's a real privilege and honour that we have a current All Black and then a legend. We're just quite humbled,'' Gray said.

Both Messam and Meads will speak - the Chiefs co-captain has opted for a question-and-answer format and Meads has been left with free rein.

He also has a family link to the team as his granddaughter was a former member and will return from university for the fundraising event.

The touch team hopes the evening will get it closer to raising the estimated $50,000 needed for the 18-person squad's Queensland tour, where it has big plans.

''No-one's actually won the tournament outside of Australia yet. I'm like, 'We're going there to win'. That's our plan. We're not going to participate,'' Gray said.

Many of the players were also in the sevens rugby team which recently took out the Aloha World Sevens in Hawaii.

The fundraising dinner is at 6.30pm this Saturday at the Te Rapa Racecourse.

Tickets cost $80 and include a complimentary drink and buffet dinner.

For tickets, contact Hollie Gray on 021 888 442 or

Waikato Times