Earthquake shakes out-of-town All Blacks
Several All Blacks dived for cover when they received an unwelcome reminder of what life in Christchurch can be like early yesterday morning.
The local members of the squad were barely woken by the 4.2 magnitude shake which shook the city, in the early hours of the morning, but it was a different scenario for their out-of-town team-mates.
Northern members were found strung across their rooms and diving for cover as the ground shook beneath them – although their coach Steve Hansen never raised an eyebrow.
"It can't have been too bad, I never woke up," Hansen said.
"But those that don't live in Christchurch got a nice welcome and most of them just about pooed their pants which is quite a laugh.
"All the Christchurch people were having a joke about that with guys diving round bedrooms and whatnot."
While the subject of a few wind-ups at training at Linfield Park in Linwood yesterday, the shake will be another motivator for the All Blacks side when they run onto AMI Stadium on Saturday night to take on Ireland.
It will be the first test match in Christchurch since just a month before the September 4 earthquake in 2010.
This week they play at Christchurch rugby's temporary new stadium for the first time.
"It's been an emotional time for Christchurch, particularly on this [eastern] side of town, there has been a lot of people who have been forgotten," Hansen said.
"Hopefully we can put on a performance on Saturday that they can be proud of."
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