Jerry Collins, former All Blacks third line (34 years, 48 selections) died with his wife in a car accident on Languedoc Highway (A9).The former All Blacks who played in Narbonne (D2) was found dead Friday morning.

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The accident occurred near the west area of Béziers. For some reason, the car of the New Zealand rugby player had stopped on the emergency lane. According to the newspaper Midi Libre, shortly after 4:30, a bus from Portugal with twenty passengers on board would have rammed into the Jerry Collins stopped vehicle. This crash projected the former All Blacks car ten meters against the central safety barriers.
The child of the couple, aged 2 months, is in critical condition said the prefecture of the Hérault.

Two people were slightly injured in the bus, according to the regional daily. The driver injured his wrist and a passenger. The 21 Portuguese passengers were assisted on a motorway by the service of civil security.

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Jerry Collins framework of the All Blacks

After a year off, Jerry Collins (1.91 m for 108 kg) had re-start rugby earlier this year as a wildcard in the Racing Club Narbonne Mediterranee in France.Framework of the All Blacks, he had worn the captain’s armband for New Zealand XV three times. He retired from international football in May 2008. Less than a year after the surprise defeat of the New Zealand team in the quarterfinals of the World Cup 2007 against France. This tough guy originally from Samoa had 48 selections and scored 25 tests for the All Blacks.

Before signing up with Narbonne, Jerry Collins had taken a year off. His career led him to play for the Japanese club Jubilo Yamaha (2011 to 2013), the Ospreys (2009-2011), Toulon (2008-2009) and Wellington Hurricanes (1999-2007). Four times winner of the Tri-Nations (2003, 2005, 2006, 2007). This tournament was played by the three giants of the South (South Africa, Australia and New Zealand). He has however never won world Cup.

Beyond the statistics and charts, Jerry Collins will be remembered as a hard-nosed defensive player.

This accident occurred a dozen hours prior to the Top 14 semi-final  played by the former club of Jerry Collins, Toulon RC against le Stade Français.

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Players of Toulon RC, “in mourning”, will wear black armbands and a minute of silence will be observed before kick off in New Bordeaux Stadium. The death of this great rugby player raises a considerable wave of emotion on social networks.

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