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Jerry Collins Obituary

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Jerry Collins (Ross Land / Getty Images)
Jerry Collins (Ross Land / Getty Images)
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — All Blacks flanker Jerry Collins, who died in an auto accident on a French motorway Friday at age 34, rose from humble beginnings to become one of the most feared and admired rugby players of his generation.

Collins was born in Apia, Samoa and raised in Porirua — a blue collar suburb on the outskirts of the New Zealand capital Wellington. He showed huge potential at an early age, winning selection for the New Zealand secondary schools team and being voted Player of the Tournament at the Junior World Cup in 1999.

His elevation to the All Blacks in 2001 — his first season in Super Rugby and at the age of only 20 — was no surprise and, though injury briefly interrupted his international career, he returned to the All Blacks from 2003 to become a regular starter.

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STEVE McMORRAN, AP Sports Writer


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