Hansen loses home in quake

2010-09-08 07:20

Sydney - All Blacks assistant coach Steve Hansen was hard at work in Sydney on Tuesday when he got the call from an engineer, his home in Christchurch was a write-off following the weekend's earthquake.

''My place has big cracks in it, six to seven feet wide and four to five feet deep,'' Hansen said. ''You can't imagine how strong something like that can be to shift what it shifted and do what it has done.''

The All Blacks will try to channel their ongoing concerns for friends and family affected by the Christchurch earthquake into a motivating force to beat the Wallabies. Hansen, who arrived on Monday - a day after the players - hopes a victory can lift shattered spirits back home.

Hansen said that the team was unsettled by hearing of aftershocks.

''The hardest part is when you know there is more - there were two big earthquakes, one was 5.6 [on the Richter scale] something,'' he said.

''That frightens you a little because you are not with the people you love and care about and you are over here pretty helpless. I guess you can feel guilty about that, but you can just keep in touch with your family. That is what most of the guys are doing. You also realise you have a job to do for the All Blacks and New Zealand. Hopefully if we put a good performance in we can put smiles back on a few faces.''

Asked about the prospect of him not joining the All Blacks, Hansen said: ''Of course, I considered it. I came a day later anyway. Until you are actually in it you probably don't appreciate the amount of damage and trauma that a lot of people have gone through. And the place has really been wiped out.''

After deciding to join the All Blacks, Hansen said he was told: ''If you are coming over here you had better do a bloody good job to make the time away from people you love worthwhile.

''I sort of agree with that. If we are coming here we need to make sure that we do a good job, otherwise we should have stayed at home. I guess it puts an extra edge on the Test.'' 

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  • kevin - 2010-09-08 07:47

    Stay strong steve,we are with you on this one..

  • Raka13 - 2010-09-08 08:37

    Good Luck

  • Dronkie - 2010-09-08 08:40

    Sterkte aan die Kiwi's oorkant ...

  • Kaballas - 2010-09-08 08:41

    Oh my, more quakes predicted..... Maybe SA should be on standby to host the Rugby World Cup should the whole NZ sink?

  • deon - 2010-09-08 08:42

    Go All Blacks go!!!

  • David - 2010-09-08 08:47

    My heart is bleeding for Steve Hansen and his family. What a true gentleman of the game. Down to earth with no frills. Had the opportunity in meeting him in person. My thoughts are with him!

  • BALSAK(alias Blue Bul Hater) - 2010-09-08 09:40

    Please stay strong Steve, Graham and the rest of the All Blacks, I am with you on this!!!!! Greetings from DE AAR- Nothern Cape Province of South Africa!!!!

  • JJK - 2010-09-08 10:20

    All the best to all the Kiwis, specially Steve and the other south islanders. Bulls greetings from Pretoria.

  • Mark - 2010-09-08 11:08

    @Kaballas. KAK joke!!!

  • @ Bok Supporters - 2010-09-08 11:26

    For a change no negative insults from anybody. Great to see the softer side from the guys. We trust the good LORD above will take care of you guys who were affected. Go All Blacks

  • @ Kaballas - 2010-09-08 12:35

    Why joke and take pleasure in seeing somebody going through a bad time. It borders on the line of been SICK in the head. I will pray that something like this never happens to you or your family ever. Shame on you.

  • Gooch - 2010-09-08 14:30

    @Kaballas represents that percentage of South Africans that the world despises. We have morons like this too. It is sad that such a minority does so much damage. As a Kiwi with family having to live through this disaster I thank the majority of Springbok fans who value the Tri-Nations relationship, the friendly rivalry and mutual respect. You can guarantee that on Saturday night in Christchurch, generators will be running and refuge centres will have live coverage of the last game of the season. We love our rugby. It will give people a welcome escape for 80 minutes.

  • BP - 2010-09-09 01:00

    Just to let you know Kaballas, thousands of people are suffering over this and after shocks are still happening scaring the hell out of people. Your comment shows your SICK mentality. Kiwi's would never wish this upon anyone under these circumstances however you're one of a kind I suppose

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