All Blacks shaken by quake

2010-09-06 13:01

Sydney - Forwards coach Steve Hansen joined the All Blacks in Sydney on Monday ahead of the final Tri-Nations Test with the Wallabies, after his home was wrecked in the Christchurch earthquake.

Hansen's house sustained the most serious damage among the eight All Black players and team management affected by last Saturday's disaster.

Strong aftershocks continued to rock New Zealand's second largest city following Saturday's 7.0-magnitude quake, prompting officials to close schools, shops and businesses.

No-one was killed in New Zealand's most destructive quake in almost 80 years but many residents recounted close shaves.

Hansen's rural property on the outskirts was extensively damaged by the quake and aftershocks, and the building was so precarious that he had to co-ordinate a recovery mission as the New Zealand squad left for Sydney on Sunday.

"He's got major problems with his house," head coach Graham Henry said.

Hansen headed straight from the airport to the team's first training session on Monday ahead of the weekend's Tri-Nations Test.

Skipper Richie McCaw, Kieran Read, Brad Thorn, Sam Whitelock, Corey Flynn, Colin Slade and the Franks brothers Ben and Owen are all based in Christchurch along with Hansen, backs coach Wayne Smith, team manager Darren Shand and doctor Deb Robinson.

Smith said he was relieved that only a couple of cracks were evident on his property, while those nearby were not so fortunate.

Preliminary investigations showed no structural damage to the city's AMI Stadium, slated as a venue for the 2011 Rugby World Cup, local media said.

Peter Maddock, the venue's events manager, told Radio New Zealand only corporate boxes had been damaged while Rugby NZ 2011 chief Martin Snedden said engineers would carry out a proper assessment on Monday but had seen no serious destruction.

"Last week the group that is responsible for dealing with this type of occurrence had actually run a three-day exercise just dealing with... what would happen in these circumstances, so it's certainly something that had already been on our radar," he told the New Zealand Press Association.

The Wallabies' coach, New Zealander Robbie Deans, was also affected by the Christchurch quake, with his family's historic homestead extensively damaged.

Deans arrived home on Monday with the Wallabies from South Africa, relieved that his family in New Zealand were safe.

He made several worried phone calls while in South Africa after news of the earthquake in his home town.

"I checked with my son at 06:00, he was pretty relaxed and not too concerned. They're all good," Deans said.

But he revealed the family homestead, above the earthquake's epicentre, would need to be rebuilt.

"There's been a fair bit of material damage but you can replace that," he told reporters.

Five generations of the Deans' have farmed the heritage-listed homestead since 1851 and it is now a 550-hectare sheep and cattle farm, which attracts 5 000 visitors each year.


  • Theo - 2010-09-06 14:14

    Bottom line is that South Africa should put ourselves on standby to host the RWC 2011, the venue for next years event is not safe. Imagine if a quake occurs when there is a crowd in those rickety old stadiums? They have probably released all the looters just in time to rob RWC tourists. Rather have it in SA, a country with a a track record of hosting major sporting events and with the stadiums to do it again, rather in some forsaken place in the middle of nowhere.

  • Spartan - 2010-09-06 14:23

    While PdV is papering over the cracks (canyons) in the Bok team, the All Blacks are worrying about cracks of a different sort. NZ houses are bad to start with, can you imagine how they must look after the quake. Well SA has its problems but we dont live on the ring of fire, thats one problem we dont have.

  • Rugby Fan - 2010-09-06 14:24

    I think I will watch the 2011 World Cup on TV - Much Safer

  • Andrew - 2010-09-06 14:40

    Actually, Theo, those stadiums are hardly old and 'rickety'. NZ is earthquake prone and they build accordingly. I'd rather sit in one of their stadiums during an earthquake than in one of ours, which were built against deadlines and strikes...

  • Johnboy - 2010-09-06 14:40

    Get real Theo, NZ design their buildings to withstnad earthquakes. Aftr all they are a first world country!!

  • Karen - 2010-09-06 14:55

    Holy cow dude?? How can you say that when SA is famous for stadiums being built 'the African way". NZ deserves the RWC 2011, they have worked hard for it, and you cannot do anything about nature. Yet in SA crime, poor public transport and the likes is all within human control.. and it wasnt even under control. Go NZ, you will host the most beautiful event, with well organised and SAFE tourists destinations.

  • Nick Armstrong - 2010-09-06 15:00

    More importantly - where does Paddy O'Brien live? Was his home hit - if so - justice, you piece of dog turd! Justice for you and your northern hemisphere referees cheating the Springboks!

  • dmanmac - 2010-09-06 15:12

    Dude I don't like the place either; but have some respect ...Hobbits live there :)

  • Ed - 2010-09-06 15:14

    Hi Theo. one can see where you from. Still dont believe your Bokke is K***K. Stupid springbok fan. Go Allllll Blacks.

  • Ed - 2010-09-06 15:22

    Hey you Springbok fans. I want you to think for a change. Your assistant coach is sh**t. Look after (DICK funny name) left the Lions and the All Black coaches took over the ranks. Please get away with both assistant caches and get new once. Place open you F**king eyes.

  • Theo - 2010-09-06 15:54

    The sad reality is that the whole place may disappear into the ocean accompanied by one huge flushing sound, its on a major fault line. Say what you like, the reality is that Orlando Stadium is more advanced and better built than the biggest stadium in NZ. The women are thick set and ugly (and can on any good day bench press more than the average man) and even if the place was to disappear, it would probably take a few months before anybody noticed. Even the hobbits would find other places to make a film, the only reason it was made there is that most of the population would be prepared to work for food only. PS If you read this and can't understand that I am just winding everybody up, then get a life. NZ is actually a beautiful country, they have great sportsmen, and I do really feel sorry for the people who have lost their homes and property. This posting is aimed at those idiots, so consumed by hate, that would rather bash their own kind and their own country. It is easy to make up something ugly and nasty-bveing constructive is a lot more difficult.

  • Die Generaal - 2010-09-06 15:57

    10 000 seater stadiums are too small to be affected by an earth quake, so I think all their stadiums will be okay!

  • @ Theo - 2010-09-06 16:04

    Shame you fool, All the stadiums are rebuilt and they comply with all the conditions of a first world country. I am surprised you dont know that? You must have you head up your mothers ass? You just a bit unsure of your race and nationality thats why you behave like second hand piece of brown bread. I am suprised that your stadiums have not been stolen yet? If you so sharp then why dont you tell us who is the rightfull owner of Cape Town stadium? google it. Sorry let me help you here, the next time you have some electricity to to the internet when you have access if the cables are not stolen. get the picture? U dumb *oes

  • deon@Theo - 2010-09-06 16:05

    Crawl back into your cave, idiot.

  • Crispy_Duck - 2010-09-06 16:35

    Proof that Gaia supports the Bokke!! Go Bokke!

  • Theo - 2010-09-06 17:31

    A special message to the two class acts that left me "replies" on this board at 4.04 and 4.05 pm- referring to "mothers" and "caves"-classy, real classy-your obvious intelligence just shines through!!

  • @Theo - 2010-09-06 18:54

    It is your country that is disappearing, not NZ. What are you doing about it? To all Kiwis, we know it is a difficult time and that the quake has brought pain and suffering - you're in out thoughts.

  • @theo - 2010-09-06 22:54

    Everyone around the world knows that SA is the biggest crime hotspot in the world. Too many uneducated, lowlife, criminals in the most corrupt and racist country on earth. The world laughs at your third world country. By the way how is the wooden spoon working out for you loser.

  • SA SKIPPY - 2010-09-07 17:41

    @THEO ,en die nag van die lang mes sal alles herskryf,not a safe place to be.And that is reality,sien die bree"er prentjie my maat.

  • Ingwe - 2010-09-08 13:59

    @ Theo and Nick Armstrong you are both the sort of low class rubbish that gives South Africa a bad name.

  • Ian - 2010-09-08 14:11

    100% agree with you Ingwe. Theo and Nick Armstrong are nothing but trailer trash and certainly do not represent the views held by the majority of South Africans

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