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Hurricanes broke air-safety rules

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Hurricanes head coach Chris Boyd has revealed that some of his players broke air-safety rules by watching the last minutes of the Jaguares v Lions match on a plane in the air.

The Lions loss without a bonus point to the Jaguares in Buenos Aires ensured that the Hurricanes remained in the top spot in the Super Rugby standings.

While the Lions were playing the Jaguares the Hurricanes were flying back to Wellington from Christchurch on Sunday morning after beating the Crusaders on Saturday.

After the Hurricanes had landed at Wellington airport Chris Boyd told Stuff, “Probably broke aeroplane protocol but somebody was watching it [the game] on their phone till three minutes to the end and we lost reception somewhere up in the air.”

Electronic devices are meant to be in “airplane mode” on Air New Zealand flights so using a transmitting device may be a breach of Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) rules.

A spokesman for the Hurricanes said that the team travels a lot and takes CAA rules seriously.

“We will be issuing a reminder to all of our players and staff saying they need to put their phones on in-flight mode.

“They’ll get a reminder today.”

The Hurricanes host the Sharks in Wellington this week and will not need to fly again for a Super Rugby match this year due to them finishing on top of the standings.

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