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New Zealand’s Porirura Park Stadium to be Renamed After All Blacks Legend Jerry Collins

New Zealand’s Porirura Park Stadium to be Renamed After All Blacks Legend Jerry Collins

Authorities in New Zealand have revealed that the country’s Porirura Park Stadium will soon be renamed after All Blacks legend Jerry Collins.

Collins and his wife Alana Madill were killed last June in a car crash in the south of France. The couple’s daughter Ayla survived the accident. He and his partner were just 34-years-old.

The back-rower won 48 caps for New Zealand, scoring five Test tries, but first began his career in his home town of Porirua with Northern United Rugby Club.

And, fittingly, it’s Northern United’s ground – where Collins first learned to play elite rugby – that will now be known as the Jerry Collins Stadium.

An official unveiling and name change ceremony will be held at the ground on Friday, where a commemorative plaque will be unveiled in Collins’ honour, with his loved ones¬†present.

In addition, a bronze plaque featuring a message from the Collins family will also be unveiled.

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