9 Sep 2011

Johnson says rugby secondary to Christchurch earthquake

6:44 am on 9 September 2011

The England rugby coach Martin Johnson has dismissed suggestions his side's World Cup has been inconvenienced by having to move from Christchurch to Dunedin because of eathquake damage, saying there's much more at stake.

England had been scheduled to play pool games against Argentina and Georgia in the city before the February 22nd earthquake led to the games being moved to Dunedin, where they play the Pumas on Saturday.

Johnson says it's sad to see the state of the AMI stadium but lauded the optimism of rugby fans in Christhcurch during a goodwill visit.