Sydney - Blues and former Japan coach Sir John Kirwan says he is shocked by
Jerry Collins arrest in Japan for carrying a knife and warned the former
All Black would find few favours.
According to the stuff.co.nz website, Collins remains in jail as police investigate why he was carrying
the 17cm knife in a department store in the city of Hamamatsu at the
Kirwan has a lot of experience in Japan after playing and coaching
there, including four years as Japan's national coach before taking over
at the Blues this year.
Kirwan was quizzed about the matter when he fronted a Blues media
session today and warned other situations involving rugby players in
Japan had involved similar detentions.
"The Japanese are very, very strict on those types of things. You
don't get a warning - you get put in jail. There is no leniency," Kirwan
"There have been a couple of situations where players have had
little misdemeanours - what we would call a misdemeanour - and ended up
in jail for two weeks."
Like most people following the case, Kirwan found the circumstances
"bizarre". The former All Blacks wing had found Japan a safe place.
"I was really surprised. I don't know what's going on - it's a bit
bizarre really - but you just need to be patient and make sure you go
through the process properly. You don't want to get offside over there.
"Obviously, we're a little bit shocked - there's something going on, isn't there?
"I don't think it's my place to speculate what's going on. I've only
read what you guys have reported really. I don't know him very well."