Collins’ daughter’s condition ‘worrying’

The three-month-old daughter of former New Zealand international Jerry Collins remains in a stable but “worrying” condition, the Beziers public prosecutor says.

Collins, 34, and his wife Alana Madill died in a road accident 10 days ago. Their baby daughter Ayla survived but she was left in a serious condition.

“The child’s condition remains worrying but hasn’t changed,” said Yvon Calvet, the Beziers public prosecutor, echoing almost word for word what he had said six days previously.

Collins’ body was flown back to New Zealand on Friday, Calvet said, while adding that the results of Madill’s autopsy would not be made public.

Madill was driving the car that had come to an unexplained stop on a motorway near Beziers when it was hit by a bus.

Known as the “human wrecking ball” who played with a smile on his face, Collins played 48 Tests for the All Blacks, including three as captain.

He ended his international career to play in Europe and Japan after New Zealand lost to France in the 2007 World Cup quarter-finals.

He was playing for French second division outfit Narbonne at the time of his death.

Having started out at Wellington Hurricanes, he also played for Toulon, Yamaha Jubilo and the Ospreys.

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