Collins to shake off neck injury?

Everybody knows that former dustman, current All Black, Jerry Collins is tough. But after seeing him hit the deck last weekend against the Crusaders, most thought he would not get up for a while, let alone play the following week.

But that is exactly what the flanker aims to do. After spending Saturday night at hospital with a neck injury, he now wants to play against the Highlanders on Friday.

“I’ll be chasing a chance to play. I’ll follow the medical advice but I want to play on Friday. I need to play to earn a spot for next week,” he told the Dominion Post.

Collins wants to be involved in the final match of the season, which will see legend Tana Umaga play his final game of his career against the Waratahs.

“It will be a special game, so I have to make sure I’m fit enough to play.”

Collins described the initial alarm after the injury occurred.

“I tried to get up, and I couldn’t, so I tried to get up again and I still couldn’t. I wanted to get up because when you’re lying there like that it freaks people out.

“Then the doc (Ian Murphy) told me to relax and that I wasn’t going anywhere quickly.”

“The other guys realised I was in trouble and moved the ruck away from me, but it’s just one of those freakish things that can happen.

“You go into a tackle and you’re neck is off-line.”

Collins was attempting to tackle Rua Tipoki.

It is the third time Collins has left Jade Stadium injured. He broke a leg playing there for Wellington in 1999 and, two years later, injured a shoulder during his All Blacks debut against Argentina.

In 2003 he hurt a knee in an awful collision playing against France. Though he played on in that match, the injury was serious.

“I must have the curse of Jade Stadium,” Collins laughed.

“It certainly seems to have my number because there’s the injuries and last year I had that little incident where the toilet was too far away.”


365 Digital

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