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Subject: Jerry Collins: Former All Black and wife Alana die in car crash

Written By: Philip Eno on 06/05/15 at 5:00 am

Former All Black Jerry Collins and his wife Alana Madill have died in a car crash in France, with their daughter in a critical condition in hospital.

Reports in France say a bus was in collision with the couple's car in the early hours of Friday.

Collins, 34, made his debut for New Zealand in 2001 and won 48 caps. The ex-Ospreys flanker had been playing for French side Narbonne.

The All Blacks said on Twitter  they are "shocked and saddened" by the news.

The tough-tackling blind-side flanker was described as the "Jonah Lomu of the forwards" by World Cup-winning England scrum-half Matt Dawson.

Former All Blacks captain Sean Fitzpatrick said Collins "epitomised everything an All Black should be".

"We say in the All Blacks, a good man makes a great All Black and he was a very, very good man," added Fitzpatrick.

"He was as tough as old boots on the field, very uncompromising and not someone you wanted to play against.

"But off the field he was the nicest guy you could meet. A loving man and very caring."

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