- Publish Date
- Thursday, 11 August 2016, 7:54AM
All Black great Sir Colin Meads has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
The legendary lock, who turned 80 in June, was this week diagnosed with the disease after six months of ill-health.
“I’ve been crook for the past six months, and having all sorts of tests,” says Sir Colin, in a NZ Rugby media release.
Sir Colin says he’s been inundated with get-well messages from New Zealand and overseas.
“Thanks to all the people from all over the world for the cards and well wishes, but especially to our great friends locally – their support has been immense.”
Sir Colin says the diagnosis has been “tough” on his family.
"It's bloody hard for Verna, the kids and grandkids.
"The kids are all close to their mum and each other, and we'll come right together."
MEDIA NOTE: The family has asked media to respect their wish for strict privacy at this time. Media are asked not to contact Sir Colin or his family.