An elderly former All Black who disappeared from London’s Heathrow Airport has been injured in a possible hit and run.
Terry Lineen, 79, disappeared from Heathrow on Thursday afternoon (local time).
He was being rushed to hospital from Twickenham on Friday, “after a member of public reported seeing (a) distressed man who they thought had been in a hit and run”, his daughter-in-law, Lynne Lineen, wrote on Facebook.
He was bleeding from his arm, she said.
Mr Lineen had arrived from New Zealand and was due to travel to Edinburgh, but never made the onward connection, London’s Metropolitan Police said in a statement.
His son, Sean Lineen, who lives in Scotland and played international rugby for Scotland, had been scouring Heathrow for his father.
Police were collecting him to take him to the hospital to see his father, Lynne Lineen said.
Terry Lineen is in the UK for a seven-week family holiday and to take in the Rugby World Cup, Glasgow’s Evening Times reports.
His wife died a year ago and he is suffering from blood cancer.
“We are out of ourselves with worry,” Lynne Lineen told the Times earlier.
“Whether the emotion of losing his wife plus the long-haul flight has made him disorientated, we don’t know, but we don’t know where he has gone.”
Terry Lineen played 57 matches for Auckland and 35 All Blacks matches including 12 Tests.
He is regarded as “one of the most gifted midfield backs of the 1950s”, according to stats.allblacks.com.
He was forced into premature retirement, aged 24, after a severe shoulder injury.