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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Christchurch: Rugby is No Longer a Priority

For those of you who are regular readers of my blog, you know that I am planning a trip to New Zealand for the 2011 Rugby World Cup. I have bought tickets to see matches in Nelson and Christchurch. It is with heavy heart that I have found out that the city of Christchurch got nailed by another earthquake.

Like many in the USA rugby community, my prayers and thoughts are with the citizens of Christchurch, who are dealing with a second earthquake in a 6 month span. The previous earthquake hit late at night, deeper in the earth and not as close to Christchurch. This one hit just after lunch hour, closer to Christchurch and a mere two miles below the ground's surface-and the buildings in Christchurch surely had to be weakened from the previous earthquake, so a 6.3 quake would be strong enough to send structures toppling. The amount of video that you can see on news sites and You Tube is sobering, to say the least.

There have already been dozens of people who have lost their lives, and the death toll will only increase as rescuers are working at warp speed to try to save people trapped in the rubble.

To think about rugby at a time like this is just inappropriate as so many lives have affected by this tragedy.

Keep on keeping on, Christchurch.


  1. Yeah, it will take ages to know the ramifications for the city going forward. There are now 75 confirmed deaths with hundreds still missing. It is crazy for us here in New Zealand to fathom all of this given the modern times we live in and how removed we usually are from the large scale tragedies in the rest of the world.

  2. Beautiful blog ND. You have always been a compassionate friend of New Zealand. Thank you for your kind words. At a time like this with the death toll still rising, it really puts things into perspective.