Kees Meeuws

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Kees Meeuws
Full name Kees Junior Meeuws
Date of birth (1974-07-26) 26 July 1974 (age 40)
Place of birth Auckland, New Zealand
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 118 kg (18 st 8 lb)
School Kelston Boys High School, Rutherford College
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Prop
New Zealand No. 977
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2004-2006
2006-2007
2007-2008
2008-2009
Castres
Agen
Castres
Scarlets
34
12
18
12
(45)
(0)
(5)
(5)
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1996
1997–2001
2002–2004
2009–
Auckland
Otago
Auckland
Otago
3
40
16
31



(10)
Super Rugby
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1997–2001
2002–2004
Highlanders
Blues
47
33
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1998–2004 New ZealandNew Zealand 42 (50)

Kees Junior Meeuws (/ˈks ˈmjuːz/; born 26 July 1974) 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 Māori parentage. He has written an autobiographical book about his experiences in France, Le Rugbyman (co-written with Heather Kidd), published in 2005.

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