27 Mar 2013

Collins out of Japanese jail

10:11 pm on 27 March 2013

Japanese authorities have released former All Black Jerry Collins from custody.

Collins, 32, was found with two knives at a department store earlier this month and detained for 10 days.

Lawyer Tim Castle, who is in Japan representing Collins, says the rugby player admitted possessing the 17-centimetre knives and has agreed to pay a fine of about $NZ2000.

It is illegal to have weapons with blades longer than 15 centimetres in Japan without police permission.

Mr Castle says Japanese authorities have accepted this was a minor indiscretion.

He says Collins is most thankful for the consular support and is pleased the ordeal is now behind him.

Collins played for New Zealand in 48 international games from 2001 to 2008.

He was contracted to Japanese club Yamaha Jubilo until the end of March but was released last month.