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Tributes: Sir Colin Meads

Tributes: Sir Colin Meads

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Tributes: Sir Colin Meads

Thousands of people lined the streets of a small town in New Zealand to bid a final farewell to All Blacks legend Sir Colin Meads.

New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English joined high-profile rugby players, family and fans for the funeral in Meads' tiny home town of Te Kuiti.

Te Kuiti saw its population of 5,000 increase by almost half as large crowds flocked there to pay tribute to the legend, who played 55 tests among 133 matches for the All Blacks between 1957 and 1971.

Meads, known by the nickname Pinetree, died on August 20, aged 81. He was voted New Zealand's Rugby Player of the 20th Century.

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