The couple’s 3 month old daughter, Ayla, was also in the car and is now in critical condition in hospital.
“The news has shocked us all and our thoughts are with Jerry and Alana’s families at this terribly sad time,” said New Zealand Rugby General Manager Rugby Neil Sorensen. “We offer our deepest condolences to them and will support them as they come to terms with this devastating news.”
Here’s a quick reminder of his awesomeness.
34-year-old Jerry Collins was born in Apia, Samoa in November 1980. Collins played for the Norths club in Wellington before making his provincial début for Wellington in 1999, his Super Rugby début with the Hurricanes in 2001 and his All Blacks début later that same year.
In his professional career, the loose forward played 74 games for the Hurricanes and 50 matches for the All Blacks, including 48 Tests. His All Blacks career was highlighted when given the captaincy for a Test against Argentina in 2006. After leaving New Zealand in 2008, his rugby career took him to Japan and France, and had signed with the Narbonne club this year.
IMAGE: Jerry Collins takes the ball in a line out during an All Blacks training session at Rugby Park on July 03, 2006 in Christchurch, New Zealand. The All Blacks play the Australian Wallabies in Tri-Nations/Bledisloe Cup rugby test match on July 08. Photo by Ross Land/Getty Images.