Remembering Jerry was apt from Ospreys
It was nice to see Ospreys recognise a true great of the game, Jerry Collins, last weekend.
Jerry died tragically in a car accident in France during the summer and it was a massive shock to the whole rugby community. It was horrific – Jerry’s wife was also killed, and his daughter was left behind with no parents and is being cared for by her relations.
I played against Jerry many times, whether it was against New Zealand or the Ospreys. He was one of the real gentlemen of the game, a top-class player, an inspirational leader and someone who demanded respect out there.
Jerry was extremely successful on the field and was probably up there with the best flankers of all time.
I met him for a drink after the game every now and then too, he was a really likeable character and good to have a chat with.
With the World Cup kicking off this weekend, it’s easy to forget some of the greats that were involved in the past.
So I thought it was poignant and fitting for Ospreys to give everyone a chance to remember Jerry, one last time, together at his old stomping ground.