Friday 24 November 2017

Video: France-based All Blacks perform powerful haka at spot where Jerry Collins died

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

Jerry Collins was a New Zealand rugby captain who played 48 times for the country between 2001 and 2007. Last week, his life was brought to a tragic end when he and Alana Madill were killed in a car crash near Beziers. Collins’ daughter remains in a critical condition.

Former All Black Neemia Tialata led an emotional tribute to Collins by performing the haka at the spot where the accident happened accompanied by other New Zealand former players. Ali Williams, Carl Hayman and Chris Masoe were among those involved and it is a beautiful gesture from the men.

The pair died when a bus carrying Portuguese tourists hit their car on a dual carriageway and the haka is performed in front of a white cross bearing the names of the couple.

Some things go beyond sport and the video, posted to Instagram, is powerful whatever your feelings about rugby. You can watch it below:

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