Brian O'Driscoll leads tributes to All Black legend Jerry Collins
The rugby world has woken up this morning to the tragic news that former All Black Jerry Collins and his wife Alana have been killed in a car crash in France.
Their three-month-old daughter Ayla has been airlifted to hospital in a critical condition.
Collins played 47 times for his country between 2001 and 2007 and was a key figure of their 2007 World Cup side.
Irish rugby legend Brian O'Driscoll was among a whole host of high-profile figures from the world of rugby to pay tribute to the bruising backrower.
Terrible news about Jerry Collins & his wife in France. Thoughts are with his family.— Brian O'Driscoll (@BrianODriscoll) June 5, 2015
Terrible news to wake up to about Jerry Collins and his wife's passing keeping his family and friends in my thoughts and prayers— Bryan Habana (@BryanHabana) June 5, 2015
Unbelievably tragic news to wake up to about Jerry Collins and his wife. Lucky enough to play against and with him. Great bloke and player— Adam Jones (@adamjones3) June 5, 2015
Terribly sad news about Jerry Collins and his wife. Tragic car accident. Pray for their little one to pull through.— Will Greenwood (@WillGreenwood) June 5, 2015
Can't believe the news about Jerry Collins and his wife. Very sad day for our great game. What a player. RIP— David Campese (@Davidcampese11) June 5, 2015