Tweets of the Week: #RIPJerryCollins

New Zealand

Friday morning saw the sporting world awake to the news that former All- Black rugby player Jerry Collins and his wife Alana had died in a car crash in France, with their baby in critical condition.

Twitter's sportspeople reacted, with New Zealand's cricketers particularly affected, while rugby players from around the globe reflected on either watching Collins or playing against him.

Here are some selected reactions from cricketers:

Former New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris: "Horrible news about the death of ex @AllBlacks player Jerry Collins. Terrible for someone so young! #RIPJerryCollins"

New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor: "Very sad to hear the passing of Jerry Collins and his wife. Thoughts and prayers with the family and Daughter. #RIPJerryCollins"

Black Caps opening batsman Martin Guptill: "Horrible to wake up to the news about Jerry Collins and his wife. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family and daughter. #RIPJerryCollins"

South Africa fast bowler Chris Morris: "Such sad news about Jerry Collins! Use to watch games just for him sometimes! #RIP"

Former Proteas batsman Herschelle Gibbs: "So sad to hear the news about the all black jerry collins,hardest tackler in world rugby and top bloke!! Gutted to say the least.. RIP champ"

Former England paceman Simon Jones: "Shocked and such tragic news to hear Jerry Collins and his wife died in a car crash.. Hope the little one pulls through."

South Africa fast bowler Wayne Parnell: "Condolences to the Collins family after the passing of Jerry and his wife, your crunching tackles will be missed big man. #RIPJerryCollins"

Former Zimbabwe Test player and now commentator Pommie Mbangwa: "What a terrible loss. Condolences to his and his wife's family and friends."

Rugby players were understandably shocked and upset:

Former Ireland skipper Brian O'Driscoll: "Terrible news about Jerry Collins & his wife in France. Thoughts are with his family."

Former England scrumhalf Matt Dawson: "Terrible news about Mr & Mrs Jerry Collins. Jerry was the @JONAHTALILOMU of the forwards. A rugby inspiration of his time. #lifesoprecious"

Former Springbok flank Corne Krige: "Shocked by the tragic news of Jerry Collins the former All Black and his wife dying in a car accident in France. Prayers for his family."

Australia back Clyde Rathbone: "Desperately tragic news about Jerry Collin's. As generous off the field as he was tough on it. #JerryCollins"

Former South Africa winger Breyton Paulse: "Really tragic,condolences to his family,friends and the whole rugby family!!"

Springbok wing Bryan Habana: "Terrible news to wake up to about Jerry Collins and his wife's passing. keeping his family and friends in my thoughts and prayers"