THE manager of former All Black Jerry Collins has had two meetings with the rugby player in a prison cell in Hamamatsu, Japan.
Collins was arrested 11 days ago for carrying two knives in a department store and has been in custody since.
The former Hurricanes star, who had been playing in Japan until recently, said he was armed as he was scared of a Brazilian gang and feared for his safety.
His manager, Wellington lawyer Tim Castle, said he had met with Collins twice since his incarceration and had met his lawyer.
“I have also had constructive discussions with the Japan authorities, which will continue after this short break,” he told APNZ.
“In all meetings I have been accompanied by the New Zealand embassy consul whose support has been both crucial and professional.
“Until I have concluded all discussions I cannot report further.”
Collins had told TV3’s John Campbell that he had been on the receiving end of death threats and the knives were for protection.
He said he had not been taking drugs.
Collins could face up to two years in prison and a fine of 300,000 yen ($3796).