Jerry Collins’ jersey sale for daughter
The orphaned daughter of the late Hurricanes’ great, Jerry Collins, will be the sole benefactor of a Trade Me jersey auction bearing his name.
The 48-test All Black was killed in a car crash in France alongside his Canadian partner, Alana Madill, in June last year.
Miraculously, the couple’s then 10-week-old daughter, Ayla Ruth Collins, survived the horror crash.
In his final moments, the 34-year-old flung his arms and body across his daughter to shield her from the impact of the oncoming bus - an heroic deed from a loving father.
Ayla managed to fight her way back to health after sustaining critical head injuries.
The auction had already reached the $1800 mark, having attracted bids from 45 Trade Me users.
Former Hurricanes’ commercial manager, Sam Rossiter-Stead, was gifted the extra-large jersey by Collins when he left the franchise in 2008.
‘‘I’ve been waiting for a good opportunity to use it to raise money for Ayla.
‘‘With the Hurricanes having such a great season, I think now is the best time to find a buyer who loves the ‘Canes and would like to help Ayla.’’
In keeping with the Northern United hardman’s on-field persona, the jersey - complete with frayed stitching and partlypeeled off labels - has experienced a fair amount of wear and tear.
The sleeves have also been stretched to accommodate ‘‘JC’s massive biceps’’.
‘‘There’s also a small mark on the front which could be blood, but the chances are it wouldn’t be Jerry’s,’’ Rossiter-Stead joked.
The garment has been autographed with a black marker pen and also featured a large heart.
‘‘Inside is a printed size 12 logo, which is how you know it’s a genuine playing jersey, as replicas have a white sizing label instead.’’
The jersey has a Number 8 on it, which is a relative rarity for Collins who was more accustomed to playing as a No 6 (blindside flanker).
Rossiter-Stead said all proceeds from the jersey’s sale will go to Ayla and has the blessing of Collins’ family.
Trade Me has also waived the listing and success prices to maximise the revenue.
* The auction finishes at 8.30pm on Thursday.
A jersey worn by the late Hurricanes and All Blacks forward, Jerry Collins, is being sold on auction site, Trade Me.