Rugby

Blues sink in pre-season training

2015-01-09 10:44
John Kirwan (Gallo Images)

Auckalnd - The Blues rugby team were sunk before the new Super Rugby season started on Friday when their kayaks capsized during a pre-season training exercise.

The Blues were attempting to paddle across Auckland Harbour to Rangitoto Island when some of their canoes, known as waka, took on water.

Coach John Kirwan later issued a statement saying the players were never in danger.

"Two of the waka took on water and the safety procedures were put in place," he said. 

"The safety support boat moved in and craft from a yachting event nearby were asked to assist getting players to shore."

The local coastguard said more than 30 people were pulled from the water and all were safe.

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