Headstone unveiled at memorial service for Jerry Collins, one year on from All Black legend’s tragic death

Family and friends have gathered at Norths United Rugby Club in Porirua, following an emotional ceremony to unveil the headstone of the late All Black legend Jerry Collins and his wife Alana Madill.

It’s a year since the couple was killed in a car accident in France. And the pair were remembered at an emotional memorial service in the New Zealand capital Wellington on Saturday, at which the rugby star’s headstone was unveiled.

The couple’s daughter, one-year-old Ayla, was present having made an incredible recovery from injuries sustained in the crash that killed her parents.

There was also a commemorative lunch at Collins’ former rugby club, Northern United, who renamed their home ground, originally called Porirua Park, the Jerry Collins Stadium.

Members of Collins’ partner Alan Madill’s family travelled from Canada, where Ayla is now being brought up, to attend the event and former All Black captain Tana Umaga was also there.

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