Sunday 2 August 2015

Jerry Collins

Jerry Collins, born 4th of November 1980. Jerry was born in Apia, Samoa. In Jerrys early career he first played for Wellington lions in 1999 then he started his journey in the Wellington Hurricanes in 2001. In June 2006, he was captain of the All Blacks in a one-off Test match against Argentina. He went to Victoria university in Wellington, New Zealand
Collins retired from international rugby in May 2008. Shortly afterwards, he played in a rugby league match in the Wellington Competition, registered under a different name. After a short amount of time the team got find. In October 2007, following New Zealand's exit from the 2007 Rugby World Cup, Collins was vacationing in Devon when he was spotted by Barnstaple head coach Kevin Squire who invited him to watch it play at the weekend. 

Collins was a cousin of former All Blacks captain and Hurricanes teammate Tana Umaga. In March 2013, Collins was arrested in a Hamamatsu department store after he was spotted carrying a 17 cm-long knife.

Collins and his partner, Alana Madill, aged 34, died on the morning of 5 June 2015, after their car lost control and collided with a bus on the A9 autoroute near B├ęziers in southern France. His three-month old baby daughter, Ayla, was taken to hospital in Montpellier in critical condition. Ayla spent a month recovering in intensive care at the hospital in Montpellier, including two weeks spent in a coma. In early July, it was announced Ayla would move to Canada with the Madill family, and continue receiving treatment at a Canadian hospital

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