Cape Town - All Black legend Sir Colin Meads was committed to hospital as he is struggling with a kidney illness.
Meads played 133 games for the All Blacks.
The All Black great has had numerous well-wishers visit him at Waikato Hospital. So much so they had to take his name off the door.
"They have changed the (name tag) from Sir Colin Meads to 'Mr M' because people saw Colin Meads and wanted to come and say gidday," Meads told the New Zealand Herald.
"So they have taken my name off the door."
Meads has been in the hospital for a week but says he has been unwell for a long time.
"There are lots of things, but there is a kidney complaint," Meads said.
"I have had biopsies and God knows what. I had a big scan a couple of days ago and that brought up a few things."
Meads believes that the support of the public has made his situation a lot easier.
"I would just like to thank everyone for their best wishes and their concern. There have been heaps of phone calls, messages and emails. Everything I have been getting has been marvellous."
"It is just a matter of getting on top of it. I am full of drugs and medication. It will come right."