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shazbooger
26-05-08, 12:26 PM
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/rugby_union/7419984.stm






Former All Blacks captain Jerry Collins has ended his career in New Zealand.

The 27-year-old Wellington Hurricanes loose forward said he would take an indefinite break from the game before considering his future.

"It's something I've thought about for a while. I've played 10 years for one province and it's hard to leave but it's probably the right time," he said.

Collins, who will play for the Barbarians against England on Sunday, may consider an overseas contract.

But he added: "I'm not in any rush to get out the country."

Collins made his Test debut against Argentina in Christchurch in 2001 and went on to win 48 caps, including three as captain.

606: DEBATE
What will Collins do now?

His last match for New Zealand was last year's World Cup quarter-final loss to France in Cardiff.

Collins took the last conversion kick of the Hurricanes' Super 14 semi-final loss to the Canterbury Crusaders on Saturday.

"With me, I'd like to think that what you saw is what you got. I always tried to put as much as I could into every match," he said.

"I wanted to leave at the right time and after thinking about things over the past week, and then getting through Saturday night's match, that time is now.

"I wanted to do it the right way with respect to the Hurricanes, the New Zealand Rugby Union and the Wellington Rugby Union.

"You can't negotiate while you're still contracted so at the moment the cupboard is pretty bare but I'm sure there's someone out there who will give me a job for a couple of weeks."

Collins is the 11th player to quit the All Blacks following last year's failed World Cup campaign in France.

Chris Jack, Carl Hayman, Anton Oliver, Byron Kelleher, Aaron Mauger, Luke McAlister and Doug Howlett are all now plying their trade in Europe.

Nick Evans (England) and Reuben Thorne (Japan) have signed contracts to play overseas while Keith Robinson retired through injury.

All Blacks coach has a preferred policy of picking players who ply their trade in New Zealand.

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Hamster
26-05-08, 01:24 PM
Good on ya Jerry, your a bloody legend.

esoj
26-05-08, 01:45 PM
sad news for the abs he could be very tough to replace. anyway he had a fine career and goes out the current no1 blindside for the abs. will be interesting to see if he heads up north somewhere or maybe moves into coaching.
http://tvnz.co.nz/view/page/536641/1798333

nam97
26-05-08, 01:55 PM
Absolute legend.

Definitely will go down as one of the finest flankers in All Black history and I'm sure he will be widely acknowledged around the world and remembered for his ability on the field.

Caledfwlch
26-05-08, 02:44 PM
Hopefully this won't be another farce trying to replace him like the trouble they had and still have with replacing Umaga.

Bullitt
26-05-08, 02:48 PM
J'ai parié que Collins apprend à lire une expression comme cela comme nous parlons.

elgringoborracho
26-05-08, 02:59 PM
J'ai parié que Collins apprend à lire une expression comme cela comme nous parlons. [/b]

ENGLISH PLEASE lol :bana:

Jer1cho
26-05-08, 03:09 PM
Absolute legend.

Definitely will go down as one of the finest flankers in All Black history and I'm sure he will be widely acknowledged around the world and remembered for his ability on the field.[/b]

You make it sound like he died. . .

Steve-o
26-05-08, 05:29 PM
J'ai parié que Collins apprend à lire une expression comme cela comme nous parlons.
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Natuurlik, hy's een harde bliksem, maar dit altyd lyk of 'n hoender eier op sy kop gebreek het.

Prestwick
26-05-08, 06:04 PM
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J&#39;ai parié que Collins apprend à lire une expression comme cela comme nous parlons.
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Natuurlik, hy&#39;s een harde bliksem, maar dit altyd lyk of &#39;n hoender eier op sy kop gebreek het. [/b][/quote]

Ja, jeg er helt enig!

Seriously though, Collins is an inspirational player for the Hurricanes and the All Blacks and had the sheer skill to match. Whether the game was wide open or tight as a Nunnery, he can be depended upon to do the hard work to enable a victory. That is why he&#39;d be in any world XV I would say.

At 27 years old, it is sad that the international game is losing him so soon :(

nam97
27-05-08, 02:34 AM
Absolute legend.

Definitely will go down as one of the finest flankers in All Black history and I&#39;m sure he will be widely acknowledged around the world and remembered for his ability on the field.[/b]

You make it sound like he died. . .
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Well he pretty much has as a rugby player, most of us might not see him play again down here. What do you expect?

O'Rothlain
27-05-08, 03:23 AM
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Fushitsusha
27-05-08, 04:43 AM
It&#39;s a shame he&#39;s calling it quits while so young.

As a Brumby/Wallaby supporter I like to see our players compete with the best, and Collins was definately one of the best players around.

He&#39;s a tough bugger, and it&#39;s sad we won&#39;t be coming up against him in the Tri Nations.

O'Rothlain
27-05-08, 04:56 AM
It&#39;s a shame he&#39;s calling it quits while so young.

As a Brumby/Wallaby supporter I like to see our players compete with the best, and Collins was definately one of the best players around.

He&#39;s a tough bugger, and it&#39;s sad we won&#39;t be coming up against him in the Tri Nations. [/b]
I agree...NZ need to rethink their policies just a wee bit. It would be nice for him to play where he wants and still be able to be an All Black. I don&#39;t quite get that concept.
We&#39;ll still get to see him, though. You know he&#39;s going to get top dollar up North.

nam97
27-05-08, 05:16 AM
<div class='quotemain'> It&#39;s a shame he&#39;s calling it quits while so young.

As a Brumby/Wallaby supporter I like to see our players compete with the best, and Collins was definately one of the best players around.

He&#39;s a tough bugger, and it&#39;s sad we won&#39;t be coming up against him in the Tri Nations. [/b]
I agree...NZ need to rethink their policies just a wee bit. It would be nice for him to play where he wants and still be able to be an All Black. I don&#39;t quite get that concept.
We&#39;ll still get to see him, though. You know he&#39;s going to get top dollar up North.
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Same here but I don&#39;t get half the ******** the NZRU comes up with. Time to revisit me thinks, the game is professional now so how about they treat players like professionals? If they want money, fair enough but to close the door on them completely is a step too far.

Collins will rake in a ****e load up North and good for him, he certainly deserves it, although you can bet it&#39;s the last thing on his mind.

scuubasteve
27-05-08, 05:24 AM
It&#39;s hard to ask much more of the guy, in terms of loyalty.

He&#39;s lived and played rugby in the same city his whole life. He&#39;s earned the right to look at other options and make some coin.

It&#39;s also easier to feel good for him knowing that there are a couple of solid replacements for him at BS flanker now. Read and Kaino have both outplayed Jerry this year and Henry even went as far as to say that Collins&#39; form would not have been good enough for him to be picked for the upcoming Irish and English tests.

But that&#39;s not to diminish or take away from the guy who has redefined the hardman flanker role over the past decade. That hit on Colin Charvis, where he legally knocked him out through shear tackling force is truely incredible!!

He&#39;ll be missed, wherever it is that he heads off too...

Dmx#1
27-05-08, 08:10 AM
Graham Henry ended Collins career. He better take us to the promise land to make up for this.

BLR
27-05-08, 08:14 AM
Graham Henry ended Collins career. He better take us to the promise land to make up for this.
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Hahaha, yeah right buddy. Jerry ended his own career, see the articles of him saying he is ending it...I don&#39;t see how Henry did anything at all that Collins didn&#39;t have 100% controll over....

Dmx#1
27-05-08, 08:21 AM
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Graham Henry ended Collins career. He better take us to the promise land to make up for this.
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Hahaha, yeah right buddy. Jerry ended his own career, see the articles of him saying he is ending it...I don&#39;t see how Henry did anything at all that Collins didn&#39;t have 100% controll over.... [/b][/quote]

I was joking, I knew you&#39;d be one of the 1st to fall for it.

Steve-o
27-05-08, 08:44 AM
3rd time lucky

Prestwick
27-05-08, 10:30 AM
Collins will rake in a ****e load up North and good for him, he certainly deserves it, although you can bet it&#39;s the last thing on his mind. [/b]

The only NH team that truly has his heart is Barnstaple (2nd XV) :lol:

Chappy1
30-05-08, 04:40 AM
very sad hes leaving was a great player. i think he will get a bit money overseas then move back to samoa.

187
30-05-08, 06:08 AM
well check out the article from keith quinn (http://www.stuff.co.nz/4565949a10295.html). he thinks jerry&#39;s neck injury last year has caused his form to drop which i&#39;d say is a pretty good theory, i injured my eye and had to have an operation on it about two months ago and i don&#39;t think i&#39;ll be the same player ever again or maybe for a few more weeks, months or even seasons!

isaac
31-05-08, 01:38 AM
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Graham Henry ended Collins career. He better take us to the promise land to make up for this.
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I&#39;m pretty disappointed by Henry though - he could have said he would have made it and given Jerry a good send off, but he had to be a complete prick about it. Mike Catts article is very interesting on it aswell - its on rugbyheaven.co.nz

danny
31-05-08, 09:39 PM
Does anyone know where he is going, France I presume?

Prestwick
01-06-08, 01:44 AM
I told you! Barnstaple 2nd XV!!



I&#39;m pretty disappointed by Henry though - he could have said he would have made it and given Jerry a good send off, but he had to be a complete prick about it. Mike Catts article is very interesting on it aswell - its on rugbyheaven.co.nz [/b]

Will Carling is more scathing, albeit very respectful to the place in the Rugby Universe order of things that the All Blacks sit on, to the way Graham Henry has treated Collins. Then again, Sir Clive was never very polite either...


What Henry has clearly not learnt is any manners. The comment that Jerry Collins would not have made the All Blacks is shocking, that Collins showed the uncommon decency of formally ending his NZRU contract before opening formal negotiations with another party indicates that Jerry is a class act. Graham Henry’s conduct is nowhere near the same level.

Collins played amazing rugby for Henry and I think that’s a very poor way of saying thank you to a true rugby hero.[/b]

nam97
01-06-08, 01:51 AM
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Graham Henry ended Collins career. He better take us to the promise land to make up for this.
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I&#39;m pretty disappointed by Henry though - he could have said he would have made it and given Jerry a good send off, but he had to be a complete prick about it. Mike Catts article is very interesting on it aswell - its on rugbyheaven.co.nz
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Will Carlings you mean? Here&#39;s the link courtesy of www.rugbyheaven.co.nz;

http://www.rugbyheaven.co.nz/4564822a22459.html

100% agree with him, Henry is a chump.

187
02-06-08, 04:53 AM
that&#39;s an awesome article! thanks for sharing.