Porirua stadium renamed after Jerry Collins

11:00 am on 25 March 2016

Hundreds of people have turned out for a ceremony in Poruirua to name a rugby stadium after former All Black Jerry Collins, who died in a car crash in France last year.

The crowds move into the newly named and blessed stadium.

The crowds move into the newly named and blessed stadium. Photo: RNZ / Michael Cropp

The ceremony at Porirua Park was attended by his family, people from the Northern United Rugby Club, the Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett, and local iwi.

Mr Leggett told the crowd Collins was a favourite son of Porirua and naming the stadium after him was a great way for his legacy to live on.

Jerry Collins, 2008.

Jerry Collins, 2008. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Collins' father has also spoken, paying tribute to his son.

Mr Leggett said the commemoration was to acknowledge the considerable contribution Collins made to Porirua and to rugby.

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