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Jerry Collins is a New Zealand rugby union footballer who formerly played for the national team, the All Blacks in which he was capped 48 times.

Collins has been a stalwart at blind-side flanker for the All Blacks, since 2004. He can also cover No. 8 and openside flanker positions. He is regarded as one of the most fearsome player in his position in world rugby. He is revered for his tenacity, fierce physicality and ability to play through pain. He is also widely regarded as one of the most intimidating players in the rugby world with his size and brutal tackling, in which he displayed against Wales in 2003, when he knocked out his opposite number Colin Charvis. He is also the subject of some cult like worship in Wellington secondary schools as a result of the legendary achievements he has made since leaving and moving into the higher ranks of New Zealand rugby. Jerry is also famous for doing pre-season training as a garbage collector. His leadership and admirable play has led to him becoming a regular stand in captain when needed. Many believe his leadership skills at the top level were revealed in the end of year Northern tour where the All Blacks played England at Twickenham, during which New Zealand won 22-19. While the All Blacks were down to 13 men for the last 30 minutes, it was Collins who lead a ruthless defensive game plan where England struggled to break the line. He has gone on to win 48 caps for his country, 3 of them as captain, and has also scored 5 tries.

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