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Thousands gather for funeral of rugby star Jerry Collins

Collins had 48 caps for the New Zealand All Blacks Credit: PA Images

The funeral was held at the former Ospreys star's old rugby club in Porirua, New Zealand.

His teammates performed the Haka as the casket was carried through the grounds of his old club.

Collins' body was carried through the club by friends and teammates Credit: TV3

Collins signed for the Ospreys in 2009, playing flanker for the team for two years.

The 34 year old was living in southern France playing rugby for Narbonne when he and his partner, Alana Madill, were killed in a car crash on the 5th June 2015.

Their baby daughter remains in a critical condition in hospital.


Tributes paid to former Ospreys player killed in car crash

Jerry Collins was just 34 years old Credit: PA

Former Ospreys player and All Blacks captain Jerry Collins has been killed in a car crash in France.

The New Zealand ministry of foreign affairs confirmed that Collins and his partner Alana Madill died in an accident in the early hours of this morning on the A9 motorway in Herault, southern France.

Collins's three-month old daughter has been airlifted to hospital in a critical condition, it's also been reported by a French newspaper.

Collins was regarded by many as one of the toughest back row forwards ever to play for New Zealand, with 48 caps, 3 as captain.

He also played 56 times for the Ospreys between 2009 and 2011, scoring 6 tries and winning the Pro12 in 2010.

Many have been paying tribute to him on Twitter.

Wales training squad for Rugby World Cup announced

The Welsh Rugby Union has revealed its 47-man training squad for the Rugby World Cup.

Credit: Welsh Rugby Union

The group of newcomers includes Gloucester back-row forward Ross Moriarty, Bath lock Dominic Day and Exeter prop Tomas Francis, plus young Newport Gwent Dragons backs Tyler Morgan and Jack Dixon.

The squad will report for conditioning training on June 15, while training camps next month include trips to Switzerland and Qatar.


Scarlets 16 - 6 Blues

Ken Owens scored the match's only try. Credit: Joe Giddens/EMPICS Sport

Captain Ken Owens scored the only try of a scrappy match to help Scarlets register a crucial Guinness Pro12 derby victory over Cardiff Blues at Parc y Scarlets.

The win lifted the west Wales region into sixth place in the league to boost their chances of claiming the final automatic qualification spot for the European Champions' Cup.

It now goes down to final match of the regular season at the weekend when Scarlets travel to Treviso, while Connacht in seventh, four points behind, will host leaders Ospreys.

Owens' try came in the second half after an error-strewn match had been neatly poised at 9-6.

Scarlets were indebted to 11 points from the boot of Rhys Priestland, while Blues' points came by way of two penalties from Rhys Patchell.

Scarlets were at near full-strength although they were without Regan King with concussion. This was Priestland's final home game before he joins Bath in the summer.

The west Wales region were unchanged from the team that beat the Dragons 29-17 on Judgement Day.

Halfpenny wins European Champions Cup with Toulon

Wales star Leigh Halfpenny celebrated winning the European Rugby Champions Cup with his club side Toulon.

Full-back Halfpenny kicked 14 points in Saturday's final, and became the tenth Welsh winner of the European Cup.

Wales teammate Jonathan Davies was on the losing side though, as Toulon beat Clermont Auvergne 24-18 at Twickenham.

Leigh Halfpenny became the tenth Welsh player to lift rugby's European Cup. Credit: PA

Toulon came out on top in the all-French final, to claim a hat-trick of successive European titles.

Wesley Fofana and Nick Abendanon scored Clermont's tries, while Mathieu Bastareaud and Drew Mitchell crossed for Toulon.

Halfpenny kicked a conversion and four penalties to seal victory.

Hook hoping for Wales 'bonus'

Hook moved to Gloucester from Perpignan. Credit: David Davies/PA Archive/PA Images

James Hook claims it will be "a bonus" if Wales come calling for his services ahead of this year's World Cup.

The Gloucester fly-half has a golden opportunity to showcase his undisputed ability in Friday night's European Challenge Cup final against Edinburgh.

But although 29-year-old Hook has won 77 Test caps, he can reflect on just two starts for Wales - against the Barbarians and Tonga - since the last World Cup in 2011.

I always hope, but it is out of my hands. I have not had any contact or anything. It has probably helped me because I have focused on Gloucester and not thought about Wales. I do hope I get a shout from Wales at some point, but it has not happened for a while and I am not expecting it. If it does happen, great, if not ....

– James Hook
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