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Christchurch on the sidelines of Rugby World Cup

 England rugby team coach Martin Johnson looks at damage to the pitch inside the AMI Stadium in Christchurch, New Zealand, Wednesday, Sept., 7, 2011. ...
 England rugby team coach Martin Johnson, centre. greets members of the public outside the AMI Stadium in Christchurch, New Zealand, Wednesday, Sept.,...
 A workman operates a mobile crane at the site of a demolished building in central Christchurch, New Zealand, as the clean up from the Feb. 11 earthqu...
 A general view of demolished buildings in the central Christchurch, New Zealand, as the clean up from the Feb. 11 earthquake takes place Wednesday, S...

New Zealand WCUP Rugby World Cup England

England rugby team coach Martin Johnson looks at damage to the pitch inside the AMI Stadium in Christchurch, New Zealand, Wednesday, Sept., 7, 2011. ...

New Zealand WCUP Rugby World Cup England

England rugby team coach Martin Johnson, centre. greets members of the public outside the AMI Stadium in Christchurch, New Zealand, Wednesday, Sept.,...

New Zealand WCUP Rugby World Cup England

A workman operates a mobile crane at the site of a demolished building in central Christchurch, New Zealand, as the clean up from the Feb. 11 earthqu...

New Zealand WCUP Rugby World Cup England

A general view of demolished buildings in the central Christchurch, New Zealand, as the clean up from the Feb. 11 earthquake takes place Wednesday, S...

Christchurch should be preparing for Saturday's Rugby World Cup clash between England and Argentina.
But the rugby-mad South Island city is instead watching from the sidelines, unable to host matches after February's earthquake destroyed its historic center and left a bent and buckled stadium.
England coach Martin Johnson brought some of his players to Christchurch on Wednesday to see the damage inflicted by a disaster that killed more than 180 people and left an estimated 1,200 buildings in need of demolition.
Christchurch will host open-air screenings of matches in an effort to stay involved in the tournament but Johnson says "when you saw the cathedral spire down, it was just sad _ tragic. Rugby's second to that this week."


Updated : 2021-04-23 08:17 GMT+08:00