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.