TRIBUTE TO A SPECIAL RUGBY PLAYER
Like all New Zealand rugby fans, I was shocked by the death, at only 34, of Jerry Collins, the Porirua boy who became a fine All Black. Since his death in a motor accident in France, Collins has been described as a ‘‘hard man’’, a ‘‘human wrecking ball’’ and so on. It’s true he was a bruising loose forward, but I also think of him as an unbeaten All Black test captain – in three matches – and a bloke who loved rugby so much that even when rested by rep selectors, he would turn out for his club. There aren’t many around like that. Jerry Collins was special.