8 May 2008

All Black flanker Jerry Collins hasn't asked for early release

10:47 am on 8 May 2008

The All Black flanker Jerry Collins hasn't asked for an early release from his contract to move overseas.

A report in Britain says the 27-year-old flanker has asked to go at the end of the Super 14, 18 months before his contract expires... with Bath the latest club to be linked to him.

However the New Zealand Rugby Union says that's not true and professional services manager Neil Sorensen says Collins and his agent haven't contacted them.

Collins says it's no secret he's looking at his options after nearly 10 years of top rugby in New Zealand but he just wants to concentrate on the season ahead.

"I can only do one thing at a time, and I'm not very multipurpose you know so I worry about getting this game done you know give it the best crack I can and then sit down and think about what I'm going to do next."

Meanwhile Collins will miss the Hurricanes' match with the Western Force in Wellington on Friday night because he's still getting over a rib injury.