As he got older, Alan "Ponty" Reid would share vivid memories of his All Black games and teammates. Known for his diminutive stature at 158cm and weighing 58kg, he captained the 1957 team during its only test series that year, in Australia. But any memories from after his heyday had vanished.

Reid was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia, a term given to a group of conditions that affect the frontal and/or temporal lobes of the brain, at 56. He died nine years later, in 1994.

Symptoms of the aggressive disease tend to occur earlier than other forms of dementia - generally


'This is a very narrow bill'

The End of Life Choice Bill