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All Black legend Jerry Collins in fatal car crash

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The rugby world is mourning the loss of New Zealand flanker Jerry Collins, who was killed in the early hours of Friday morning when his car struck a bus in the south of France.

Collins and his wife have sadly passed away, with his daughter in a critical condition in hospital. 

Jerry Collins was a true patriot of Rugby Union, representing New Zealand 48 times and amassing over 200 professional appearances for a number of clubs.

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He captained his national side to victories against Portugal and Romania in the 2007 World Cup and was named Osprey's Player of the Year for the 09/10 season. 

An unyielding force in defence, Collins' bleached blonde hair would terrorise opposition attackers smashing back wave after wave of attack and never backing down.

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Widely regarded as one of the most talented flankers to ever have played in the super 14, Collins was playing for French side RC Narbonne in the Pro D2 at the time of his accident. 

A host of current and ex-players have spoken out about the loss, with former team mate Jonah Lomu tweeting 'Rest in Peace My brother JC n your lovely lady.'

Current Wales captain Sam Warburton tweeted 'What a huge loss'.

Samoan-born Collins participated in many community welfare activities in New Zealand and more recently in Wales, and was renown for his love of the grass roots style of rugby. 

Jerry Collins was a talisman for Rugby Union, and set an example on and off the field for all young rugby players. A true talent who wore his heart on his sleeve. 

He will be sorely missed. 

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