Colin Meads' 1988 This Is Your Life a celebration of sporting heroism and humility
As the nation mourns the great Colin "Pinetree" Meads, who died on Sunday, a clip from 1988 reminds us the humble rugby legend wanted to be known as "just a member of a team".
It's the sentiment he expressed as the subject of that year's This is Your Life, which ambushed the beloved public figure with the help of his friends and family, dragged him back to Avalon TV studios in Lower Hutt and bombarded him with people and memories from his past.
"Whereever rugby is played the name 'Pinetree' is synonymous with more than just Colin Meads," said host Bob Parker, kicking off the show. "It means courage, it means strength, cunning and a brand of rugby that we regard with a lot of awe and certainly a great deal of affection - I guess that you think, at this stage, I'm right over the top don't you?"
To which Meads replied, with his customary humility: "Very much so. I was just a member of a team, and that's all I ever wanted to be."
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As the NZ on Screen blub says: "New Zealand's 'Rugby Player of the Century,' remains modest throughout his tribute at the Avalon TV Centre."
Some of the famous names brought out during the episode fellow All Blacks Brian Lochore, Kel Tremain and Wilson Whineray; and former Lions captain Willie John McBride.
Also in the audience is Irish referee Kevin Kelleher, who sent Meads off for dangerous play during a 1967 test match against Scotland.
Meads died on Sunday after a long battle with cancer. He was 81.