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Cricketing great Chris Cairns
has been charged with perjury by
the London Metropolitan Police
Cairns, who recently arrived in
London, went a North London
police station to be charged.
Perjury carries a maximum
sentence in the UK of seven years
The perjury charge stems from
Cairns’ successful defamation case
in 2012 where he won substantial
damages against Lalit Modi, the
former boss of the Indian Premier
League, over allegations of match-
Andrew Fitch-Holland, a
London barrister who appeared
during Cairns’ libel case, has also
been charged with one count of
per verting the course of Justice.
A 33-year-old woman and a
36-year-old man also arrested as
part of the investigation have been
released, with no further action to
Cairns will appear in a central
London magistrates court next
week for an initial hearing at which
he will confirm his identity and
enter a plea of guilty or not guilty.
A date for the full hearing will
also be set, although that is not
likely to be until at least May 2015.
Cairns will be able to return
to New Zealand after the initial
hearing on the condition he returns
to the UK for the full hearing next
Separately to the criminal
charges, Modi’s lawyers have begun
civil proceedings against Cairns
to recover the £90,000 paid in
damages and costs following the
libel case in 2012.
Last week, the Herald revealed
that the Metropolitan Police
investigating the perjury case
contacted their New Zealand
counterparts about a potential
trial witness, Black Caps skipper
Brendon McCullum, being
undermined by material in the
possession of Cairns.
A photograph of Cairns — taken
shortly after the Herald broke the
news of the perjury charge against
him — showed him carrying a
clear plastic folder titled “BMC”
and the names of McCullum and
McCullum was then forced
to swear an affidavit about his
former professional relationship
with Schwalger, his former
mental skills coach, as part of a
High Court injunction to stop a
Sunday newspaper from publishing
His lawyer, Garth Gallaway, said
McCullum’s resolve was “stronger
than ever”and the episode also
led New Zealand Cricket boss
David White to issue a statement
supporting his national skipper.
McCullum is likely to be a key
witness against Cairns. However,
it is possible the material could be
aired at trial if the perjury case goes
The credibility of other witnesses,
such as confessed match-fixer Lou
Vincent, is likely to be challenged
by Cairns’ legal team.
Up to a dozen former New
Zealand representatives could be
called as witnesses.
Cairns has denied any
wrongdoing and said the perjury
give “an opportunity to face my
accusers in an open forum ... so
that I can clear my name once and
— New Zealand Herald
Cairns charged with perjur y
The sight of Dan Vettori playing
again for New Zealand seems not
The former captain and champion
allrounder, now 34, last wore New
Zealand clothing 15 months ago,
playing England in Cardiff during
the Champions Trophy.
A series of injury setbacks has
derailed the latter stages of his
career, but now the word is he is
as fit as he has been for some time.
Expect to see him initially in a New
Zealand XI which will play games
against associate member World
Cup teams, Scotland and Ireland
From there, New Zealand have
a three-game ODI series against
South Africa in the second half of
October in Mt Maunganui and
Hamilton, before a trip to play
tests and limited-overs matches
against Pakistan in the United Arab
“In terms of fitness testing, he’s
as well as he has been for a good
number of years,” New Zealand
coach Mike Hesson said yesterday.
“He’s doing personal bests in a
lot of strength and conditioning
aspects, which is great. He’s been
training with our squad in Auckland
since returning from the Caribbean
Premier League (which finished on
August 16). He’s travelling well.”
The next part of the equation is
to see Vettori back in match action.
Hesson confirmed Vettori would be
“ involved in some capacity” in the
warm-up games against the Scots
and Irish at Lincoln and Hamilton
on October 15 and 18 respectively.
— New Zealand Herald
Vettori near return to Black Caps
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hat a difference a year makes.
Twelve months ago the West Coast
rugby team was basking in the glow
of a near perfect record of four wins
from five games -- Buller 23-17, Poverty Bay 30-14,
South Canterbury 30-25 and East Coast 15-11.
As they prepare for tomorrow’s Rugby Park
clash with Whanganui, the Coast side has not
tasted victory since beating Marlborough in a
Seddon Shield outing right at the start of the
Buller whipped the shield off Coast the very
next week, and the first five Heartland games have
also ended in losses, albeit some close ones.
Coach Allan Lindsay says the Coast players
have to find a way of turning the close losses into
victories and he wants the winning habit to start
tomorrow with Whanganui.
“ We just haven’t had the rub of the green this
year. We get in positions to win games and then
let them slip,” Lindsay said.
“Last year, all those close results were going
our way. This year they aren’t but that’s the nature
of this competition. Last season West Coast, Mid-
Canterbury and Whanganui were fighting out
the top of the table. This year we are all near the
Lindsay said Peter Te Rakau and Phil
Thomson had been called into the squad in
place of Heartland Championship under-19
representatives Josh Costello and Logan Winter,
while captain Troy Tauwhare (out with a cut hand
last week) returns as hooker.
“ Troy has trained with us this week and gets
his stitches out today so his return will bulk up the
pack,” Lindsay said.
Whanganui, usually a front-runner in the
Meads Cup (top four), finds itself in ninth place
this season and in danger of not even qualifying
for the Lochore Cup play-offs.
They have been beaten by South Canterbury,
Horowhenua Kapiti and Mid-Canterbury, but
have downed North Otago 20-14, and last week
thrashed East Coast 44-7.
West Coast managed to beat Whanganui 25-24
last year, but visiting coach Jason Laskey will have
fond memories of Rugby Park, his team having
demolished West Coast 69-12 when last here.
With their hopes of moving into Lochore
Cup contention reliant on victory tomorrow,
Laskey will be seeking a similar result. With both
teams desperate for victory it should be a willing
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FIRST-five Tim Priest, starting in all
games and rarely missing a kick at
goal, has been the one constant in
the West Coast rugby team that will
be seeking its first 2014 Heartland
Championship win tomorrow.
Priest has now taken his season
points total to 217 and, if Wairarapa
referee Alastair Payne dishes out
as many penalties as he did on his
last visit to Rugby Park, Priest could
get many chances to add to his tally
John Kirwan has been appointed
Barbarians coach for the club’s match
against Australia at Twickenham on
The Blues coach will also direct
the team for a game against
Leicester Tigers at Welford Road on
Kirwan said he wanted to provide
Australia with a test-type examination
before they take on World Cup pool
rivals England and Wales as well as
facing France and Ireland.
“In my view it’s the first test of their
tour,” he said of the Wallabies. “ That ’s
what they ’ll be expecting and that ’s
what we want to deliver.
“It’s a privilege and a huge honour
to be involved with the Barbarians
“I grew up watching the Barbarians
score the greatest try ever and for them
to sur vive and continue to thrive in the
modern marketplace is so important.
What they do is a very precious thing.
“Every year the Barbarians are put
under pressure but it’s still a huge
honour to play and they still compete
with the very best.
“If you’ve played for club and country
but haven’t played for the Barbarians
you’re still missing something, and
when people find out you’re the
Barbarians coach they ’re on the phone
asking to play.”
The Barbarians will name the rest of
their squad in the coming weeks before
assembling in London on October 28.
Former Wales lock Phil Davies
will coach the Barbarians later next
month when they face the Combined
Services at Bath on November 11.
Kirwan to coach Barbarians
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