Waratahs forced to land in Christchurch for Highlanders match



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Bad weather in Dunedin has forced the HSBC Waratahs to divert to Christchurch ahead of Friday night’s Tooheys New Super 14 clash with the Highlanders at Carisbrook.

Cross winds measuring more than 60 kilometres per hour prevented the team’s Freedom Air flight from landing a Dunedin International Airport

‘We were 300 feet from landing when the pilot decided to abort and divert the flight to Christchurch,’ HSBC Waratahs head coach Ewen McKenzie said.

McKenzie said the team wasn’t fazed by the incident, with players and staff able to call upon on past experience as an example.

‘Our development tours have taught us to be patient in the face of adversity and certainly we are not worried by this disruption, as these events are completely out of our control.

‘We will train this afternoon in Christchurch and have hastily arranged some accommodation here so we’re getting on with the job.

‘We’ll see what tomorrow brings.’

Travelling from Christchurch to Dunedin has also been ruled out, as the main highway between the two cities has been cut by floodwaters.

Waratahs (possible)

15 Peter Hewat, 14 Wendell Sailor, 13 Morgan Turinui, 12 Sam Norton-Knight, 11 Lote Tuqiri, 10 Mat Rogers, 9 Chris Whitaker (c); 8 David Lyons, 7 Phil Waugh, 6 Rocky Elsom, 5 Daniel Vickerman, 4 Alex Kanaar, 3 Al Baxter, 2 Adam Freier, 1 Benn Robinson.

Reserves: 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 17 Matt Dunning, 18 Will Caldwell, 19 Stephen Hoiles, 20 Brett Sheehan, 21 Daniel Halangahu, 22 Shaun Berne.

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