Now, as a way of marking the former All Black’s decorated life, and passing, his hometown Poirirua will pay a fitting tribute to him.
On Friday, the main stand at Poirirua Park Stadium will be officially named after Collins. Mayor of Poirirua, Nick Leggett told Stuff:
“Jerry was a favourite son of Porirua and I think that we wanted to honour him in an appropriate way for his memory and for his family. It made sense to name the grandstand at his home ground park after him.
“We saw a massive overflow of love and respect for him after his passing last year, when thousands of people marched down Warspite Ave. We all knew then the city would want an appropriate remembrance to honour him and his service.”
Members of Collins’ family will be in attendance at the event, as well as a number of All Blacks, past and present.