Jerry Collins’ jer­sey sale for daugh­ter

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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.

PHOTO: FAIR­FAX NZ

A jer­sey worn by the late Hur­ri­canes and All Blacks for­ward, Jerry Collins, is be­ing sold on auction site, Trade Me.

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