The rugby world is in mourning after the passing of All Blacks great Sir Colin Meads at the age of 81.
Tributes have been pouring in on Twitter for the 55-Test All Black nicknamed 'Pinetree'.
All Blacks captain Kieran Read and coach Steve Hansen paid their respect as they left Sydney following their Bledisloe Cup win on Saturday.
Hansen on Sir Colin Meads: "His achievements in the black jersey are part of the All Blacks legacy and his loss will be felt over the world" pic.twitter.com/H8NZIqo75i— All Blacks (@AllBlacks) August 20, 2017
Fellow New Zealand great Dan Carter woke to the news in France.
Such sad news to wake up to today. An Honor to have met him on many occasions. RIP Sir Colin Meads! pic.twitter.com/5TqQTkRR2H— Dan Carter (@DanCarter) August 20, 2017
The tributes from prominent figures stretched further than rugby. Former Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum said that Meads was a "great New Zealander".
Sad to say goodbye to a Great NZer, Sir Colin Meads. A man who was everything our country stands for. RIP Sir Pinetree.— Brendon McCullum (@Bazmccullum) August 20, 2017
New Zealand's Prime Minister Bill English took the opportunity to salute Meads. In a series of tweets, English said that Meads "represented what it means to be a New Zealander" while passing on his condolences to Meads' wife Lady Verna and the rest of Meads' friends and family.:
A sad day for NZ rugby and for NZ. Sir Colin was not only a great All Black but also a genuinely good Kiwi bloke. He will be missed.— Bill English (@pmbillenglish) August 20, 2017
Tributes have also come in for Meads internationally. Former England captain Will Carling, former Springboks captain John Smit and current South African international Ruan Combrinck paid their tributes.
Very sad to hear that the great Sir Colin Meads has died. There is a man who lived up to his legend. RIP— Will Carling (@willcarling) August 20, 2017
RIP Sir Colin Meads. An absolute legend of the game and an incredible man which I was fortunate enough to meet.— John Smit (@JohnSmit123) August 20, 2017
One of the Grestest. Had the privilege of meeting sir Colin Meads a few years ago..now he's gone up to Heaven. Another legend gone. RIP sir pic.twitter.com/mYII4RpGId
One of the Grestest. Had the privilege of meeting sir Colin Meads a few years ago..now he's gone up to Heaven. Another legend gone. RIP sir pic.twitter.com/mYII4RpGId— Ruan Combrinck (@R_Combrinck15) August 20, 2017
Finally, the New Zealand Herald released this touching video.
We remember a Kiwi legend, Sir Colin Meads. pic.twitter.com/057Ar2Wzlk— nzherald (@nzherald) August 20, 2017