Thursday 29 September 2016

Munster and Ospreys pay respects to All Black legend Jerry Collins

Published 13/09/2015 | 16:22

Jerry Collins. Photo: Getty Images
Jerry Collins. Photo: Getty Images

Munster and Ospreys players paid their respects to All Black legend Jerry Collins prior to kick-off in the Guinness PRO12 encounter at the Liberty Stadium today.

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

Players from both sides laid wreathes on the pitch, with a minute silence impeccably observed.

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.

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.

"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," Ospreys chief executive Andrew Hore said earlier this week.

"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.

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