The health of rugby great Sir Colin Meads has taken down a turn for the worse, according to a media report.
Fairfax says Meads is extremely unwell a year after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
The 81-year-old's wife, Lady Verna Meads, was reluctant to comment on her husband's health, saying simply: "He's holding on".
She asked the media for privacy.
Meads played a record 133 games for the All Blacks, including 55 Tests, from 1957 to 1971.
The former lock is regarded as one of the sport's greatest players. He was named New Zealand Player of the Century in 1999.
Meads returned to hospital in May with "stomach pains".
However, the man nicknamed "Pinetree" was well enough a month later to attend the unveiling of a 2.7m statue crafted in his honour in home town Te Kuiti.