All Blacks Tribute to Jerry Collins

Publish Date
Friday, 6 November 2015, 8:05AM

The day the victorious All Blacks returned to NZ would have been Jerry Collins' 35th birthday. The late blindside flanker payed 48 tests for New Zealand.

He wasn't forgotten by his mates, though. They took the Webb Ellis trophy to his grave, and photos of Jerome Kaino, Dan Carter, Ma'a Nonu and Liam Messam with the trophy at the gravesite have appeared on social media.

"Awesome to bring the cup to the USO JC [sic]," said a caption on a photo of the men posted on Instagram by Liam Messam.

Uso means brother in Samoan.

Carter posted a similar photo.

"Good to share this one with the brother. Love you JC," said the caption on Carter's Instagram account.

Collins and his partner Alana Madill died in a car accident in France on June 5.

Yesterday was his birthday.

"Belated Happy Birthday USO! Love you uce! Always got you [sic]," said the caption on Jerome Kaino's photo.

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