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Kees Meeuws Former All Blacks Prop

About Kees Meeuws

Kees Meeuws is a former New Zealand rugby union prop and current assistant coach of the Highlanders in the Super Rugby tournament. Meeuws played 42 tests for the All Blacks between 1998 and 2004, scoring 10 test tries. He played provincial rugby for Otago and Auckland, and played for the Blues in the Super 12.

In 2004, Meeuws left New Zealand to take up a contract with French club Castres Olympique, and in 2006 he left Castres for Agen after a falling-out with Castres coach Laurent Seigne. Following Agen’s relegation after the 2006–07 season, Meeuws left Agen and returned to Castres, signing a two-year contract with the club. In May 2008, it was announced that Meeuws would be joining the Scarlets on a two-year deal. However, shortly into his Scarlets career, he suffered a long-term injury. In July 2009, having made just 12 appearances and scored 1 try, his contract with the Scarlets was cancelled by mutual consent. He returned to Otago in 2010 to play in the ITM Cup.

Meeuws was born in Auckland of Dutch and Maori parentage. He has written an autobiographical book about his experiences in France, Le Rugbyman (co-written with Heather Kidd), published in 2005.


  • Born: 26 July 1974, Auckland
  • Former All Blacks Prop

Playing Career

2009–: Otago
2004-2009: French Clubs
1998–2004: All Blacks
2002–2004: Blues
2002–2004: Auckland
1997–2001: Highlanders
1997–2001: Otago
1996: Auckland

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