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The tragic death of Jerry Collins

June 05, 2015

Earlier today, we heard the sad news the Jerry Collins, the former All Blacks captain, had died in a car crash in France, aged just 34. Collins' wife Alana Madill also lost her life, whilst their 3 month old daughter is in a critical condition in hospital. It is thought their car stopped on the A9 highway, where it was then hit by a bus. Tributes have been paid from all over the rugby world to the ex-Hurricanes flanker, who had recently been credited with saving his French side Narbonne from relegation, and was described as the "Jonah Lomu of forwards" by England's World Cup-winning scrum half Matt Dawson. https://twitter.com/AllBlacks/status/606695711481196544 https://twitter.com/EnglandRugby/status/606736676380151808 https://twitter.com/IrishRugby/status/606716592311943168 Some of Collins' former teammates, opponents and referees also expressed their shock at the news, with Lee Byrne tweeting this image of the two men enjoying a beer together. https://twitter.com/byrney_15/status/606733363848855552 https://twitter.com/Nigelrefowens/status/606732043809132544 Thinus Delport was on the receiving end of a massive Jerry Collins hit and was quick to pay tribute to his nemesis! https://twitter.com/thinusdelport/status/606690746083733504 Let's take a look at some of Jerry's best moments and huge hits from his rugby career. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SgJCu701wqw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9utvMJVcRA0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3w4h8c8e5Y It wasn't all big tackles, he was also a legend to this amateur team. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MqNs8DuRrng RIP Jerry Collins, you will be missed.

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