New Zealand: United by rugby

Former All Black Kees Meeuws talks to Al Jazeera about rugby's ability to bond and the significance of the world cup.

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    Al Jazeera's Paul Rhys talks to Kees Meeuws about life after the All Blacks and how rugby plays a crucial part in Kiwi culture.

    After 42 Tests as a New Zealand prop, including two Rugby World Cups, former Super Rugby star Meeuws, 37, moved to clubs in France and the UK. He says his last season for ITM Cup side Otago Razorbacks in Dunedin will be his final one in a shirt.

    With New Zealand looking for a first World Cup win since the tournament was last played on home soil in 1987, Meeuws - who is half Dutch and half Maori - says the country's mix of people explains its unique passion for the sport, and that the England team's use of an all-black away strip can do nothing to diminish the real All-Blacks' mystique.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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