Jerry Collins

1980 - 2015 (Age 34)




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.


STEVE McMORRAN, AP Sports Writer

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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.

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.

Rest in peace Jerry

It saddened our hearts to hear the loss of Jerry. May these few words bring you comfort at this difficult time. You will Call, I myself will answer you. For the work of your hands you will have a yearning. Jobs 14:13-15

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


For this All Black Legend, Man, Son, Father to be taken this way is so devastating it's just not fair, this should never have happened RIP JC

Good night warrior