Tuesday, September 01, 2009
Former All Black enforcer Jerry Collins has moved from his stint in the south of France in Toulon, and is now playing for the Ospreys in Wales, alongside the likes of Ryan Jones, Shane Williams, and Marty Holah.
Collins, who left New Zealand in search of a different way of life and a new challenge, admits that he doesnt think he'll play for the All Blacks again.
Capped 48 times, the powerful loose forward was a lethal tackler and one of the more intimidating players in world rugby. His unhappy season in Toulon meant a drop in his form slightly, but he has other priorities now, as he discusses in this clip.
One of the greatest rugby stories ever told was the day that Collins, an All Black legend, turned out for Devon club side Barnstable against a stunned group of butchers, builders, and bricklayers from Newton Abbot.
Jerry then went on to wear the clubs socks when playing for the Barbarians in an international match. The Terminator, who always had such a rough image from his brutal approach to the game, earned heaps of praise and respect for the gesture.
Back in 2003 though, Colin Charvis was on the receiving end of a not so forgiving Jerry Collins, and the 6ft3 hard man knocked Charvis out cold in a tackle that shook all who watched it.
Nicknames abound from that tackle, and the way he plays in general, but JC is just a laid back good guy, who loves rugby and has a passion for life around it.
Im sure well see more of Manic Hippo again very soon.
RD Forum: Read and see more about the hit on Charvis, when Tana Umaga came to the rescue.