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Kees Meeuws is a former All Blacks prop who represented a number of New Zealand and Europe’s top teams.

Kees Meeuws Bio

Kees Meeuws is a former All Blacks legend who was one of the toughest props of the modern era. In his distinguished career, he was capped more than 40 times by the All Blacks and also represented a number of New Zealand and Europe’s top sides. Kees Meeuws was inducted into the RugbyPass Hall of Fame in 2021.

Of Dutch and Maori descent, Kees Meeuws began playing rugby at a young age. During his school days, he excelled at the sport and went on to represent New Zealand at U17, U19 and Colts level. Kees Meeuws then made his debut for Auckland in 1996. However, playing opportunities at prop were limited, so he moved to Otago a year later. Between 1997 and 2001, he put in a number of memorable performances for the club and also represented the Highlanders in Super Rugby.

In 2002, Kees Meeuws then moved back to Auckland. In doing so, he represented Auckland in the National Provincial Championship and the Blues in Super Rugby. However, in 2004, he decided to leave New Zealand and move to Europe.

Kees Meeuws then enjoyed a highly successful career in Europe. During his time in the northern hemisphere, he represented Castres (2004-06 and 2007-08), Agen (2006-07) and the Scarlets (2008-09). Following this, he returned to Otago, where he stayed until he retired in 2011. During his distinguished career, he won the Super 12 (now Super Rugby) with the Blues (2003) and the National Provincial Championship three times.

Throughout his time in New Zealand, Kees Meeuws was also a regular for the All Blacks, who he represented 42 times in test matches between 1998 and 2004.

Since retiring from rugby in 2011, Kees Meeuws has stayed connected to the game and he enjoyed a stint as an assistant coach with the Highlanders in Super Rugby. He now works in the real estate industry.