All Blacks legend Sir Colin Meads hospitalised

Date published: July 17 2016

All Blacks legend Sir Colin Meads was committed to hospital as he is struggling with an illness in his kidneys.

Meads who played 133 games for the All Blacks, also played in a series against the British and Irish Lions was also inducted into the Rugby hall of fame.

The All Black great says he had a massive group from the public coming to wish him well at the Waikato Hospital. So much so they had to take his name off the door.

"They have changed the (name tag) from Sir Colin Meads to 'Mr M' because people saw Colin Meads and wanted to come and say gidday," Meads told the New Zealand Herald.

"So they have taken my name off the door."

Meads has been in the hospital for a week but says he has been unwell for a long time.  

"There are lots of things, but there is a kidney complaint," Meads said.

"I have had biopsies and God knows what. I had a big scan a couple of days ago and that brought up a few things."

Meads says that the support of the public has made his situation a lot easier

"I would just like to thank everyone for their best wishes and their concern. There have been heaps of phone calls, messages and emails. Everything I have been getting has been marvellous."

"It is just a matter of getting on top of it. I am full of drugs and medication. It will come right."