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Jerry’s Jersey - This is a genuine Hurricanes playing jersey, worn and signed by the legendary Jerry Collins and is being auctioned to raise money for his 16 month-old daughter Ayla Ruth Collins. Ayla was just 10 weeks old when she survived the car crash in France which took JC from us, along with his beloved partner Alana Madill.

The Origins of the Jersey - I worked at the Hurricanes and assisted Jerry with a number of projects, including his work for the Make-a-Wish Foundation. He gave me this jersey when he left the Hurricanes in 2008 and ever since that tragic accident I have been waiting for a good opportunity to use it to raise money for Ayla. With the Hurricanes having such a great season, I think now is the best time to find a buyer who loves the ‘Canes and would like to help Ayla.

About the Jersey - It’s an extra large Hurricanes home jersey from around 2007-08, with slightly stretched sleeves due to accommodating JC’s massive biceps. There’s a bit of wear and tear and the Rebel Sport Super 14 logos are peeling off. There’s also a small mark on the front which could be blood, but the chances are it wouldn’t be Jerry’s! He has signed it with a black marker pen, using his distinctive signature which very appropriately includes a large heart. Inside is a printed size 12 logo, which is how you know it’s a genuine playing jersey as replicas have a white sizing label instead. The most unique aspect is the number 8 on the back, and although he played both 6 and 8 for the Hurricanes and the All Blacks, most of his jerseys bear the number 6.

Where is the money going? - Every last cent raised from this auction will go to benefit JC’s daughter Ayla Ruth Collins. I am very grateful to his manager and great mate Tim Castle for giving approval for this auction on behalf of Ayla’s family and ensuring that the money raised goes towards helping her in the future. The team at Trade Me have been absolutely fantastic in offering to waive all listing and success fees to maximise revenue.

Sam Rossiter-Stead
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  • Seller location: Greytown, Wairarapa, NZ

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