Sir Colin Meads brother Stan was "blown away" after the All Black great was given a full Maori farewell today from local iwi.
Meads family took the fallen legend to a major Ngati Maniapoto marae in Te Kuiti, where his brother Stan thanked all who attended.
"On behalf of the meads whanau, I would just like to say how blown away we are by all this.
"To give us this welcome is absolutely humbling," Stan Meads said.
Just like the man himself, there were blunt tributes for the All Blacks legend.
"I'm here representing the players that have been coached by Colin, managed by Colin and also had our arses kicked by Colin," former All Black Aaran Pene said in tribute.
The whole country will get to farewell Sir Colin at his funeral on Monday.