12 May 2009

Meads to accept knighthood - but don't call him Sir

10:24 pm on 12 May 2009

Rugby legend Colin Meads says he will accept a knighthood, but does not want to be called Sir.

Meads, a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, will be eligible to accept the British title as the Government is re-introducing parts of the British honours system.

Meads played a record 133 matches for the All Blacks including 55 Tests, from 1957 to 1971. In 1997 he was inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame.

He says his former All Blacks skipper Sir Wilson Whineray and Sir Brian Lochore are perfect gentlemen and should be called Sir - but he's a bit rougher and doesn't want to be.

Meads says there has never been a knighthood from Te Kuiti, where he lives, and thought it would be good for the area.