All Black centurions and Rugby World Champions Keven Mealamu and Tony Woodcock both received their Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit medal today.

The front row pair who were named on the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list for services to rugby were presented their medals by Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae in a special ceremony at Government House in Auckland.

Both players had their families in attendance and took time to acknowledge the support they had received during their careers from them.

Sir Jerry commented that Tony Woodcock he deserved his recognition for the try he scored in the 2011 world cup final, with Woodcock agreeing the try was special and that it was “It’s definitely right up there (for my proudest moment.)”

Keven Mealamu who was the first player to play 150 matches for one franchise said “It was nice sharing today's ceremony at Government House in Auckland with Woodcock, who was also named a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit.”

It was nice sharing today's ceremony at Government House in Auckland with Woodcock, who was also named a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit - Keven Mealamu