Wednesday, 11 June 2008

Code switch for Jerry

(Thanks to Graeme at Sportsfreak for drawing my attention to this one.)

It appears that Jerry Collins is determined to fulfill his destiny as the last of the great rugby mavericks.

Not only has he featured for the Hurricanes and the All Blacks in the last few years, he's also turned out in the colours of Norths Rugby Union Club (surreptitiously), the 2nd XV of Barnstaple Rugby Club in Devon and twice for the Barbarians at Twickenham (wearing the socks of the Barnstaple club and then the Devon county team).

Now that he is a free agent, however, and in a gesture which on the face of it displays nothing but contempt for the recent ungracious comments of All Black coach Graham Henry, Collins has decided to switch codes to Rugby League!

Well, when I say "switch codes" what I mean is that last weekend Collins turned out with some of his mates for the North City RL team in the Wellington Rugby League against Wainuiomata, putting in what has been described as a "low-key" performance in a 34-30 defeat.

Furthermore, not only did he not get paid for playing, it's also reported that he bought beers for both teams after the game - the sign of a true gent.

So, how did the Wellington Rugby League react to this PR coup falling into their collective laps? Presumably they rushed out a press release welcoming Jerry Collins to their sport and claiming how he loved Rugby League so much that he was prepared to forsake his All Black career and play League for nothing?

Errr, no. The Wellington Rugby League instead decided to fine the Norths club $250 for fielding an unregistered player, despite both teams having agreed that he could play. You really couldn't make it up.

1 comment:

Nursedude said...

Looks like Mr. Collins is going to join that growing Kiwi Kontingent down in Toulon. Word is that's where he will play in 2008-09.