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Tribute to a rugby great

The news broke yesterday morning that Jerry Collins, the former All Black, and his wife had been killed  in an horrific motor accident in southern France and their young baby girl is still fighting for her life. Collins, 34, was a larger-than-life sporting character, respected and admired by fans around the world not only as a rugby player but also as a man. He was disarmingly unassuming, easy-going and totally without airs and graces – as the famous story about him turning out for the Barnstaple second XV amply testifies.

He was not a thug, just a player who lived and played full-out. He will be sorely missed.

See here for a Youtube salute – JERRY COLLINS R.I.P.

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About Sandra McDonnell

As an Englishwoman married to a Scot, Sandra experiences some tension at home during Six Nations tournaments. Her enthusiasm for rugby was acquired through early visits to Fylde club matches with her father and her proud boast is that she has missed only two England home games at Twickenham since 1995. Sandra has three grown-up children, none of whom follow rugby. More Posts