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‘Aren’t you Jerry Collins?’

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news on 11 Jun 2008 at 16:17

He might have retired from playing for the All Blacks, but it didn’t take long for Jerry Collins to succumb to the temptations of a game of competitive rugby.

Rugby 365 reports that Collins has only been away from the game for a few weeks, but the bug must have bitten hard, as Collins decided to have a run in the Wellington club rugby league competition.

According to the Dominion Post, Collins appeared for the North City senior team against Wainuiomata on the weekend.

The problem was that Collins was unregistered for the competition, but one of the most recognisable players in world rugby decided to play under a false name in his team’s 30-34 loss.

The indiscretion will now earn his team a fine.

Wellington Rugby League chairman Stephen Franks welcomed Collins’ appearance but said competition rules had to be adhered to.

“He’s an inspiration, and we love having him back in our game,” Franks said.

“But he’s also serving as an example in another way.

“A rule of the game is that players must be registered with a team before they play.”


  • 🙂 You gotta hand it to the guy, he really does love his rugby. 🙂 😆

    This is like Michael Schumacher trying to enter F1 as a rookie driver and hoping he doesn’t get recognised.

  • Comment 1, posted at 11.06.08 16:19:08 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • I really enjoy Jerry.

    Apart from the fact that he’s a real gladiator type, he just has such old-school values and you get the feeling that it’s all about the rugby for him which you dont see all that often anymore.

    One of my favourite players and I’m more than a little sad to see him retire from international rugby.

    Top class bloke.

  • Comment 2, posted at 11.06.08 16:23:45 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • I remember an article a while back where he said he enjoyed playing club rugby to relax. 😯

  • Comment 3, posted at 11.06.08 16:24:43 by PJLD Reply
  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 2) : this isn’t teh first time he’s done this, either

  • Comment 4, posted at 11.06.08 16:25:08 by robdylan Reply
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  • Nope you’re correct Robbo.

    He played down in Devon last year didnt he? For some club’s second side.

    I could tell you stories about Jerry but I fear I’d bore us all.

    You know about how he grew up in a rough neighbourhood and when he got his first pro contract he bought his folks a house on the nice side of town but carried on living in the aforementioned neighbourhood?

    Or thaty he was a binman before becoming a pro rugby player?

  • Comment 5, posted at 11.06.08 16:28:02 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 4) :

    yeah at least the guys in the UK (when he did this) were good enough to not penalise the club. The kiwi’s weren’t so kind unfortunately. 🙁

  • Comment 6, posted at 11.06.08 16:28:37 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • He turned out for Barnstaple RFC, heard about the bin man story not the neighbourhood story.

  • Comment 7, posted at 11.06.08 16:30:56 by PJLD Reply
  • Who is Michael Schumacher? 🙄

  • Comment 8, posted at 11.06.08 16:32:40 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 8) : A tennis player

  • Comment 9, posted at 11.06.08 16:34:49 by PJLD Reply
  • @PJLD (Comment 9) :
    Oh ja, he’s the guy who beats Federer on clay…

  • Comment 10, posted at 11.06.08 16:59:16 by Bok-El Reply

  • Thats him!

  • Comment 11, posted at 11.06.08 17:03:05 by PJLD Reply
  • @PJLD (Comment 11) :
    I always confuse him with the guys who makes Federer’s shoes…

  • Comment 12, posted at 11.06.08 17:05:18 by Bok-El Reply

  • @Bok-El (Comment 12) : Thud

  • Comment 13, posted at 11.06.08 19:29:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • hey.

    Who can tell me which match this was? It looks to have been Boks v AB’s but why is the Bok Sponsor taped over on the Bok jersey that Collins has swapped.


    More visible photo on the 365 homepage.

  • Comment 14, posted at 11.06.08 21:46:17 by KSA Shark © Reply

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