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Meads to be given his first All Black cap


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All Blacks rugby great Sir Colin Meads will receive his first test cap in a special ceremony Friday, 52 years after making his international debut.

Meads will be among 29 former All Blacks, including his brother and former locking partner Stan, who will be capped in the ceremony at Hamilton ahead of Saturday’s Tri-Nations test between the All Blacks and Springboks.

Colin “Pinetree” Meads played his first test against Australia at Sydney in May, 1957 and went on to play 133 matches for New Zealand, including 55 tests, four as captain. Stan Meads played 30 international matches, including 15 tests, after making his debut in 1961.

All Blacks caps are awarded for a player’s first test appearance but the tradition was interrupted by the second world war and was not reinstated until 1997.

The New Zealand Rugby Union began earlier this year to hold ceremonies at which more than 400 former All Blacks will receive caps which have not previously been presented.

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