TRIB­UTE TO A SPE­CIAL RUGBY PLAYER

Central Leader - - SPORT -

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.

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