19 Sep 2011

All Blacks spend three days in Christchurch

5:06 am on 19 September 2011

The All Blacks have spent the first of three days in Christchurch, visiting hundreds of people who have missed out on seeing any of the Rugby World Cup games.

The city was due to host seven games before February's earthquake wrecked the AMI stadium.

The team are spending time at Centennial Park in Somerfield on Sunday, giving fans the chance to get photos and signatures with their favourite players.

All Black and Crusader Sam Whitelock says it's been great to spend some time at home and he is looking forward to meeting local fans.

Earlier in the day, eight players and coach Graham Henry walked around the fringes of the red-zone cordon to see the widespread damage and demolition work for themselves.

Graham Henry described what he saw as horrendous.

He says he is pleased the team can spend some time with quake-hit Cantabrians in the lead up to his team's next big test, against France.