Irish rugby team to visit Christchurch red zone

Last updated 15:29 11/06/2012

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The Irish rugby team will visit Christchurch's red zone when they make their belated arrival to the earthquake ravaged southern city later this week.

Ireland are staying in Auckland to train in the wake of their 42-10 first test loss at Eden Park last Saturday.

They will only arrive in Christchurch on Wednesday afternoon.

Irish manager Mike Kearney said his squad had "no fear" about staying in Christchurch and their travel plans had been in place for some time.

Kearney said the squad intended to visit the red zone in Christchurch and were also looking forward to a presentation from the city's Irish community which would bring some perspective to the hardships that had been endured.

Christchurch is hosting its first All Blacks test since August 2010.

"That's obviously going to be a pretty emotional occasion, but we would be very conscious of it as well," Kearney said.

Kearney noted the Ireland team's connection to the tragedy with their scrum coach, former Canterbury, Crusaders and All Black prop Greg Feek, losing a family member on his wife's side.

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