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“Viscous bas***d” – Peter O’Mahony reveals his three toughest opponents

#1. Jerry Collins

  • Age: Passed away 5 June 2015 (aged 34)
  • Position: Flanker
  • Caps: 48

O’Mahony said: “In games, I remember for some reason that Ospreys team when I first started off. They had a back-row of Jerry Collins, [Filo] Tiatia and Marty Holah would have been playing in the back-row as well. I was only probably just out of my teens. It was a nasty enough back-row to be coming up against. Collins was a viscous bas***rd but a real gentleman off the pitch.”

DID YOU KNOW? Collins was a cousin of former All Blacks captain and Hurricanes teammate Tana Umaga.

Death: Collins and his partner Alana Madill, aged 34, died on the morning of 5 June 2015, after Alana fell asleep at the wheel and lost control of their car and collided with a bus on the A9 autoroute near Béziers in southern France. His three-month-old baby daughter, Ayla, survived, largely due to Collins attempting to take the brunt of the force away from Ayla by enveloping her in his own body