AS expected from someone who comes from the rough end of town and works on the rubbish trucks as part of his training, All Black back-rower Jerry Collins is a straight shooter.
Sometimes too straight.
His first Test as New Zealand captain will always be remembered not for what he did on the field against Argentina in Buenos Aires late last month but what he said directly afterwards.
Following the All Blacks' grim victory, New Zealand television commentator Tony Johnson approached Collins on the sideline for some off-the-cuff remarks about the Test. As all of New Zealand watched, Collins scratched his head and admitted it had not been an entirely satisfactory performance.
"We got through it. And the people at home won't be happy that there were mistakes. But who gives a f- - k?"
Collins then looked down the camera in amazement and, like a teenage boy caught by his parents in a chemist shop asking for certain protection, put his hands over his mouth and said ever so innocently: "Oops".