TICKETS are selling fast to see one of rugby’s legendary figures Sir Colin Meads appear in Newport at a dinner to commemorate the Black and Ambers’ famous victory over New Zealand in 1963.
The event, of which the South Wales Argus is main sponsor, is being held at Rodney Parade on Friday, November 30.
Newport downed the mighty All Blacks 3-0 49 years ago, thanks to centre Dick Uzzell’s drop goal.
Sir Colin, regarded by many as the greatest All Black, was on the field that day and will talk about the game and his illustrious career.
The 76-year-old was named ‘Player of the Century’ at the New Zealand Rugby Football Union’s awards dinner in 1999 and won 55 caps for his country between 1957 and 1971.
Sir Colin will be speaking at rugby clubs throughout South Wales in the coming month – including visits to Crumlin and Abercarn.
He said: “I am really looking forward to coming back to Wales next week and meeting many players that I played against during my career.
“It will be fantastic to visit many traditional rugby clubs like Newport, Crumlin and Abercarn.”
The night in Newport will consist of a two-course meal, anecdotes from one of the game’s golden eras, a question and answer session, raffle and auction. Proceeds go to the Velindre Cancer Centre in Cardiff.
The host is former Ebbw Vale and Abertillery player Phil Kingsley Jones who won worldwide fame in the 1990s as manager and mentor of Jonah Lomu, another All Blacks sensation.
Many Newport and Wales legends, including dual code great David Watkins MBE, are set to be present for what promises to be a great night.
Tables for ten people are still available at a cost of £400.
Individual tickets on shared tables are also available at £40 per person.
There are also VIP tickets at £65 per person which includes a champagne reception with Sir Colin and prime seating for the main event which starts at 7.30pm. The dress code is lounge suits and dresses.
Tickets are available from The Events Room on 0845 1085690.