Already renowned as a hard-hitting defender, Wellington No 6 Jerry Collins continues to evolve into a top-class all-round rugby player.
Collins displayed some excellent form throughout the Hurricanes successful 2006 Rebel Sport Super 14 season, as part of a punishing all-All Blacks back row with Rodney So’oialo and Chris Masoe.
In addition to his robust defence and strong go-forward play, Collins has developed a flanker’s traditional linking skills, including a dangerous ability to off-load in the tackle, and continues to grow as an on-field leader. He was honoured with the All Blacks captaincy against Argentina early in 2006 in the absence of Richie McCaw.
Now an All Blacks regular, Collins started in seven of the All Blacks eight home Tests in 2005, as well as the Wales and England Tests on the All Blacks’ Grand Slam-winning end-of-year tour.
Collins has overcome leg injuries of a severity that might have put off lesser characters, in order to resume his international career.
A former rubbish collector for the Wellington City Council, Collins is cousin of former All Blacks captain and Hurricanes player Tana Umaga.
• Played in 19 Tests before scoring his first try for the All Blacks in his 20th, against France in November 2004.
• Became one of the youngest players in the world to captain a senior club team when he led Porirua’s Northern United in 1999, at 18 years of age. Also captained the New Zealand Schools side.
• Made New Zealand Secondary Schools for two seasons running in 1997 and 1998 and was Player of the Tournament at the 1999 World Junior Championships (Under-19) which New Zealand won, becoming the first player for that team to get called up to the All Blacks.
04/11/1980 IN Apia, Samoa
23/06/2001 v Argentina at Christchurch
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|Match Record by Year
(+) = substitute; (-) = replaced
Jun 23 v Argentina at Christchurch 67-19 (-)
Nov 13 v Ireland 'A' at Belfast 43-30
Nov 20 v Scotland 'A' at Perth 35-13
Jun 14 v England at Wellington 13-15 (+)
Jun 21 v Wales at Hamilton 55-3
Jun 28 v France at Christchurch 31-23 (-)
Jul 19 v South Africa at Pretoria 52-16
Jul 26 v Australia at Sydney 50-21
Aug 9 v South Africa at Dunedin 19-11
Aug 16 v Australia at Auckland 21-17
Oct 11 v Italy at Melbourne 70-7 (-)
Nov 2 v Wales at Sydney 53-37 (-)
Nov 8 v South Africa at Melbourne 29-9
Nov 15 v Australia at Sydney 10-22 (-)
Nov 20 v France at Sydney 40-13 (-)
Jun 19 v England at Auckland 36-12 (+)
Jun 26 v Argentina at Hamilton 41-7
Jul 10 v Pacific Islanders at Albany 41-26 (+)
Jul 17 v Australia at Wellington 16-7 (+)
Jul 24 v South Africa at Christchurch 23-21
Nov 13 v Italy at Rome 59-10
Nov 27 v France at Paris 45-6
Jun 10 v Fiji at Albany 91-0
Jun 25 v British & Irish Lions at Christchurch 21-3 (-)
Jul 2 v British & Irish Lions at Wellington 48-18 (-)
Jul 9 v British & Irish Lions at Auckland 38-19
Aug 7 v South Africa at Cape Town 16-22
Aug 13 v Australia at Sydney 30-13
Aug 27 v South Africa at Dunedin 31-27
Nov 5 v Wales at Cardiff 41-3
Nov 19 v England at London 23-19
24 Jun vs Argentina at Buenos Aires 25-19
Jul 8 v Australia at Christchurch 32-12
Jul 29 v Australia at Brisbane 13-9 (-)
Aug 19 v Australia at Auckland 34-27
Aug 26 v South Africa at Pretoria 45-26 (+)
Sep 2 v South Africa at Rustenberg 20-21
Nov 12 v France at Lyon 47-3
Nov 19 v France at Paris 23-11
Nov 26 v Wales at Cardiff 45-10 (-)
9 Jun v France at Wellington 61-10
16 Jun v Canada at Hamilton 64-13
23 June v South Africa at Durban 26-21
30 June v Australia at Melbourne 15-20
14 June v South Africa at Christchurch 33-6 (+)
21 June v Australia at Auckland 26-12
8 Sept v Italy (RWC) at Marseille 76-14
15 Sept v Portugal (RWC) at Lyon 108-13 (-)
30 Sept v Romania (RWC) at Toulouse 85-8
7 Sept v France (RWC) at Cardiff 18-20 (-)
Below figures correct at beginning of the 2007 rugby calendar:
Provincial Caps 47
Provincial Points 55 (11t)
Provincial Debut 1999 v Manawatu
Super 14 Caps 69
Super 14 Points 15 (3t)
Super 14 Debut 2001 v Reds