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All Blacks Rugby Star Jerry Collins Dead in Car Crash

Rugby fans around the world were heartbroken when former All Blacks captain Jerry Collins died 5 June 2015.

Jerry Collins (NZ Herald)

Jerry Collins (NZ Herald)

Collins, 34, was travelling in southern France with his partner Alana and their three-month-old baby daughter Ayla when their car collided with a bus on the A9 autoroute near Béziers. Jerry and Alana were both killed in the accident, while baby Ayla was taken to hospital in Montpellier in critical condition.

As the rugby community followed Ayla's recovery, donations poured in to help the orphaned girl and her family. Meanwhile, crash investigators shared that Collins had died after throwing himself across Ayla to shield her.

Jerry Collins and Ayla (Fairfax NZ)

Jerry and Ayla (Fairfax NZ)

Read more about Collins and share tributes to the rugby star and his wife, gone much too soon.

"Absolutely gutted when I heard about the accident. Not because of Jerry's rugby exploits but because of who he was off the field, so a great guy and a massive role model and ambassador to the game. RIP Jerry and wife. Munster and Ireland rugby are forever fans."

~Alan Sherlock, Tipperary, Ireland, UM

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Jerry Collins and Alana Madill

Jerry Collins and Alana Madill (Hawkes Bay Today)

"Jerry you touched many lives in a positive way & will never be forgotten because of that, taken to early may you RIP with your love of your life Alana & may baby Ayla recover & lead a happy life that you both would be proud of."

~Peter V, Stokes Valley, Hurricanes La

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"To the Collins family Please accept my deepest sympathies. I am so sorry for your loss of Jerry You will always be in my thoughts and prayers"

~Leah Thomas, Perth Western Australia

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Jerry Collins memorial walk (Fairfax NZ)

Memorial walk for Jerry Collins (Fairfax NZ)

"I would like to express my sincere sympathy with Jerry's family and the All Black team in New Zealand from my behalf and French people"

~Daniele Fromant, dublin

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