K J Meeuws

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When he left New Zealand after the 2004 NPC season to play for the Castres club in the south of France Kees Meeuws, after some years as a squad member, seemed to have established himself as a first choice in the All Black front row. But unease about the possible impact of changes of coaches on selections and therefore player’s incomes led him to move off-shore.

Of Dutch and Maori descent Meeuws was educated at Kelston Boys High where he made the 1st XV in his 4th form year. He went on to represent New Zealand Under 17 in 1991, under 19 in 1993 and New Zealand Colts 1994-95. He also made three appearance for Auckland in the 1994-95 seasons but with All Black props Craig Dowd and Olo Brown plus well performed backups Kevin Nepia and John Akurangi ahead of him opportunities were limited.

A move to Otago saw him appearing alongside New Zealand Under 19 team mates Carl Hoeft and Anton Oliver in a formidable 1997 Highlanders and Otago front row.

After a strong 1998 Super 12 he was called into the All Blacks for the final Tri-Nations test and good performances for Otago in the NPC strengthened his claim for the following season.

During 1999 Meeuws played the Super 12 in a strong Highlanders team that lost a keenly contested final against the Crusaders. He started in all the Tri Nations tests that season but at the World Cup Craig Dowd was preferred, with Meeuws more often used as a substitute.

He retained his All Black position in the winter of 2000 but did not make the end of season tour to France and Italy. Affected by injury he was not involved in the 2001 Tri-Nations series but returned to play the NPC, then the midweek matches and the Argentina test on the All Blacks end of season tour.

Kees Meeuws returned to Auckland for the 2002 season, appearing in every Super 12 match for the Blues and each NPC match for Auckland. At test level he played only against Italy and Fiji during the winter but appeared in all three end of season tests on the Northern Hemisphere tour. He scored his first test try against Italy and followed with two against Fiji and one each against France and Wales. He scored a further four test tries in 2003, when seven of his eleven appearances were as a substitute, the Canterbury props Dave Hewett and Greg Sommerville generally being preferred. His 9th try against Tonga at the World Cup made him the world’s leading try scoring prop and he pushed the record to 10 against the Pacific Islands in 2004.

This was his last season in the All Blacks and he started in six of the seven home and Tri-Nations test matches.

When he left New Zealand at the end of the 2004 season Meeuws had 45 All Black appearances (42 tests), 80 Super 12 matches, 40 matches for Otago and 19 for Auckland to his credit. The totals would have been greater but for a number of leg injuries.

As a player he won the Super 12 with the Blues in 2003, the NPC with Otago 1998 and Auckland in both 2002 and 2003.

Standing 1.83 metres and weighing around 119 kg Meeuws had the ideal build for a prop but also had the mobility of a successful secondary school athlete. With such diverse interests as pig hunting and art (he was a student at the Elam School of Fine Arts intending to major in sculpture) he was a distinctive and valued team member, often highlighted on television for his strong ending to the All Black haka.

His biography, Le Rugbyman, with Heather Kidd was published in 2005.

Profile by Bob Luxford
for the New Zealand Rugby Museum.

FULL NAME
Kees Junior Meeuws

BORN
Friday, 26 July 1974 in Auckland

AGE
39

PHYSICAL
1.83m, 121kg

POSITION
Prop

LAST SCHOOL
Kelston Boys’ High

RUGBY CLUB
(First made All Blacks from)
Southern

PROVINCES
Otago, Auckland

SUPER RUGBY TEAM
Blues

NICKNAME
News

ALL BLACK DEBUT
Saturday, 29 August 1998
v Australia at Sydney
aged 24 years, 34 days

INTERNATIONAL DEBUT
Saturday, 29 August 1998
v Australia at Sydney
aged 24 years, 34 days

LAST TEST
Saturday, 14 August 2004
v South Africa at Johannesburg
aged 30 years, 19 days

ALL BLACK TESTS
42 (12 as a substitute) 42

ALL BLACK GAMES
3 3

TOTAL ALL BLACK MATCHES
45 (12 as a substitute) 45

ALL BLACK TEST POINTS
50pts (10t, 0c, 0p, 0dg, 0m)

ALL BLACK GAME POINTS
0pts

TOTAL ALL BLACK POINTS
50pts (10t, 0c, 0p, 0dg, 0m)

ALL BLACK NUMBER
977

ALL BLACK GAMES THAT MEEUWS PLAYED

(+) = substitute; (-) = replaced

Click on the date below to view the Match Card

1998
29 Aug vs Australia at Sydney 14-19

1999
11 Jun vs New Zealand ‘A’ at Christchurch 22-11

18 Jun vs Samoa at Albany 71-13

26 Jun vs France at Wellington 54-7

10 Jul vs South Africa at Dunedin 28-0

24 Jul vs Australia at Auckland 34-15

7 Aug vs South Africa at Pretoria 34-18 (-)

28 Aug vs Australia at Sydney 7-28

3 Oct vs Tonga at Bristol 45-9 (-)

14 Oct vs Italy at Huddersfield 101-3 (+)

24 Oct vs Scotland at Edinburgh 30-18 (+)

31 Oct vs France at London 31-43 (+)

4 Nov vs South Africa at Cardiff 18-22

2000
16 Jun vs Tonga at Albany 102-0 (+)

1 Jul vs Scotland at Auckland 48-14

15 Jul vs Australia at Sydney 39-35

22 Jul vs South Africa at Christchurch 25-12

5 Aug vs Australia at Wellington 23-24

19 Aug vs South Africa at Johannesburg 40-46 (-)

2001
13 Nov vs Ireland ‘A’ at Belfast 43-30

20 Nov vs Scotland ‘A’ at Perth 35-13

1 Dec vs Argentina at Buenos Aires 24-20 (-)

2002
8 Jun vs Italy at Hamilton 64-10 (-)

29 Jun vs Fiji at Wellington 68-18

9 Nov vs England at London 28-31

16 Nov vs France at Paris 20-20

23 Nov vs Wales at Cardiff 43-17 (+)

2003
21 Jun vs Wales at Hamilton 55-3

28 Jun vs France at Christchurch 31-23 (+)

19 Jul vs South Africa at Pretoria 52-16 (+)

26 Jul vs Australia at Sydney 50-21 (+)

9 Aug vs South Africa at Dunedin 19-11 (-)

11 Oct vs Italy at Melbourne 70-7 (+)

17 Oct vs Canada at Melbourne 68-6

24 Oct vs Tonga at Brisbane 91-7

2 Nov vs Wales at Sydney 53-37 (+)

8 Nov vs South Africa at Melbourne 29-9 (+)

15 Nov vs Australia at Sydney 10-22 (+)

2004
12 Jun vs England at Dunedin 36-3 (-)

19 Jun vs England at Auckland 36-12 (-)

10 Jul vs Pacific Islanders at Albany 41-26

17 Jul vs Australia at Wellington 16-7

24 Jul vs South Africa at Christchurch 23-21

7 Aug vs Australia at Sydney 18-23 (-)

14 Aug vs South Africa at Johannesburg 26-40 (-)

POINTS SCORED FOR THE ALL BLACKS t
c
p
dg
pts

vs Italy, 8 Jun 2002
1



5

vs Fiji, 29 Jun 2002
2



10

vs France, 16 Nov 2002
1



5

vs Wales, 23 Nov 2002
1



5

vs Wales, 21 Jun 2003
1



5

vs South Africa, 19 Jul 2003
1



5

vs Canada, 17 Oct 2003
1



5

vs Tonga, 24 Oct 2003
1



5

vs Pacific Islanders, 10 Jul 2004
1



5

Totals
10
0
0
0
50

TEST RECORD BY NATION P
W
D
L
t
c
p
dg
pts

Argentina
1
1






Australia
9
4

5




Canada
1
1


1



5

England
3
2

1




Fiji
1
1


2



10

France
4
2
1
1
1



5

Italy
3
3


1



5

Pacific Islanders
1
1


1



5

Samoa
1
1






Scotland
2
2






South Africa
10
7

3
1



5

Tonga
3
3


1



5

Wales
3
3


2



10

Totals
42
31
1
10
10
0
0
0
50

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