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Sir Colin Meads in hospital

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 17/07/2016

Meads played 55 tests for the All Blacks in the 1960s and `70s. © Getty Images Meads played 55 tests for the All Blacks in the 1960s and `70s. All Blacks legend Sir Colin Meads is in a stable condition in a Waikato Hospital.

Meads, 80, has had health problems for some time and is having renal issues investigated.

He's been talking to media, saying he's been in hospital for 11 days and will likely stay to Wednesday.

The name tag on the door of his room is "Mr M" so too many passers-by don't call in and people are sending positive messages on social media.

Meads played 55 tests for the All Blacks in the 1960s and `70s.

His nickname "Pinetree" is apt because for nearly 14 years he was a towering presence, one of the best and most inspiring players New Zealand rugby has known in any position, according to the All Blacks website.

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