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Tribute to Collins ahead of Pro12 tie

Daragh Small

Published 11/09/2015 | 02:30

Jerry Collins and his wife Alana both died in a road traffic accident in France at the start of June
Jerry Collins and his wife Alana both died in a road traffic accident in France at the start of June

Ospreys chief executive Andrew Hore says there will be an emotional tribute to All Black and club legend Jerry Collins during Sunday's fixture against Munster at Liberty Stadium.

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Former Ospreys flanker Collins, died in a road traffic accident in France at the start of June - his wife Alana was also killed in the shocking accident, while their young daughter Ayla survived the crash.

Collins played 48 times for the All Blacks after he made his debut in 2001, and went on to star for the Ospreys - he scored seven tries in 52 appearances for the Neath/Swansea side.

"It has been three months since the sad events in the south of France but JC, Alana and Ayla remain firmly in the thoughts of everybody at the Ospreys, and the rugby community internationally," said Hore.

"Next Sunday marks the first opportunity that we have had as a rugby club to honour their memory and to celebrate their life with our supporters.

"Over the summer it has become clear exactly how highly regarded JC was by so many people, and we wanted to reflect that in our tributes, which will be done in the Ospreys way: understated, sincere and honest.

"We hope to see supporters joining us to pay their own tributes at the Liberty on Sunday.

Collins played for the Swansea-based side for two seasons between 2009 and 2011.

In the two seasons he faced Munster five times, with his last two games for Ospreys coming against Munster.

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