Mealamu: ‘I feel really proud’

Date published: June 13 2015

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Keven Mealamu opened up on what it meant to have played for the Blues after this 175th and final game for the side.

The All Blacks hooker bowed out on a disappointing 44-7 loss to the Highlanders but even that couldn't diminish what Mealamu has achieved in Super Rugby with the side since his debut in 2000.

A standing ovation from the 9,500 supporters in at Eden Park sent the 36-year-old on his way.

"To be able to be here this long I feel really proud and privileged to represent this club for the last 15 years," Mealamu told TVNZ.

"It's something I wanted to do as a kid."

A tough season for the Blues has pushed the side to the limit, with Mealamu hoping a young group will be stronger for the experience next year.

"We've definitely been tested this year so it's a good experience to take on and learn from. I can take something from these lessons and become a better player and person."

Mealamu rounded off by paying tribute to the Blues supporters.

"Thank you. It's been a real pleasure being out there and representing you each week."

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