Justin Collins started his Super 12 career with the Chiefs, but following Northland’s move into the Blues became a stalwart member of the franchise, finishing his career with 104 Super games. He also played 100-plus games for Northland and another 50 for Auckland. He was a rugged forward desperately unlucky never to have been an All Black. During his career he suffered heart problems and won admiration for his courage in overcoming those, often when he was sidelined filling in as the team’s bus drivers. He was one of many solid Northlanders, Nick White, David Holwell and now Rene Ranger, to add value to the Blues.