Video: St Pats haka tribute to Jerry Collins


This Sunday marks one year since Jerry Collins and Alana Madill were killed in France in a car crash which left their daughter Ayla fighting for her live.

To mark the occasion, Jerry's old high school rugby team performed a special haka today ahead of a local derby with Wellington College -- with his young cousin leading the challenge.

13-year-old Jermaine Collins led his school haka for the first time -- a fitting tribute to his famous cousin.

Jerry Collins was a St Pats old boy, who made a name for himself at the school.

"He had a nice smile... and he was tall, really tall," says Jermaine Collins.

Jermaine says his All Black cousin was always proud of his roots.

"He cared about his family and where he came from... and he wasn't ashamed of you and he was giving stuff, rather than getting."

Sunday marks a year since Collins and his wife Alana Madill were killed in a car crash in France.

Before today's game against Wellington College there was a minute's silence.

Although he's playing prop today, it's not Jermaine's favourite position.

Tomorrow Collins' family and members from his rugby club Northern United will unveil a headstone at a cemetery in his hometown of Porirua.

Jermaine is planning a musical tribute.

Among the hundreds expected tomorrow will be Collins' daughter Ayla will be there -- her first trip to New Zealand since the death of her parents.

She's here to see the hometown that made her dad so proud.