Jerry Collins to have hometown stadium named in his honour
The former All Blacks star was killed in a car crash last summer11:29 Wednesday 23 March 2016, 11:29 23 Mar 2016
New Zealand's Poirura Park Stadium is to be re-named after Jerry Collins on Friday afternoon.
The former All Black died last summer with his wife Alana Madill in a crash in the south of France. Their baby daughter survived the incident outside Beziers.
Collins played for Northern United at the start of his career before spending time with Wellington, Toulon, the Ospreys and Narbonne. He is buried in Poirura near the stadium.
Thank you to all those who made this happen! See you this Good Friday at Norths pic.twitter.com/Wn74d0PRnS— NorthernUnitedRugby (@NorthsURFC) March 21, 2016
Poirura mayor Nick Leggett was one of the main supporters of the idea to rename the town's stadium. "Jerry was a favourite son of Porirua and I think that we wanted to honour him in an appropriate way for his memory and for his family. It made sense to name the grandstand at his home park after him," Leggett told allblacks.com
A commemorative plaque of his achievements will also be unveiled on Friday which will show his achievements for club and country over a decorated career.
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