Ex-All Black Jerry Collins dies in car crash

2015-06-05 07:15
Jerry Collins (File)

Cape Town - Former All Black loose forward Jerry Collins has died in a car crash in France. He was 34 years old.

Reports from France suggest Collins and his wife died in the French region of Herault when their car came to an unexplained stop on the A9 highway, before being hit by a bus.

The couple were travelling with their three-month-old daughter, who survived the accident but is in a serious condition, officials said.

The driver of the bus, which was carrying Portuguese tourists, was slightly injured, according to reports.

Collins had a distinguished career.

He played 48 Tests for the All Blacks between 2001 and 2007, as well as 85 matches for the Hurricanes and 47 for Wellington.

He joined French club Toulon after the 2007 Rugby World Cup and since then represented Welsh club Ospreys (2009-2011) and Japanese club Yamaha Jubilo (2011-2013).

Collins recently signed a contract as a Medical Joker to play in the French ProD2 with Racing Club Narbonne. He was injury cover for Rocky Elsom.

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