DEAN KOZANIC/Fairfax NZ
SHAKE: Steve Hansen reckons his out-of-town All Blacks 'pooed their pants' after a 4.2 magnitude shake in Christchurch.
Several All Blacks dived for cover when they got an unwelcome reminder of what life in Christchurch can be like.
The Canterbury members of the squad were barely woken by the magnitude-4.2 earthquake that shook the city at 2.34am yesterday, but it was a different scenario for their out-of-town team-mates.
Northern members were found strung across their rooms and diving for cover as the ground shook beneath them, although their coach, Steve Hansen, did not raise an eyebrow.
"It can't have been too bad; I never woke up," he said.
"But those that don't live in Christchurch got a nice welcome, and most of them just about pooed their pants, which is quite a laugh.
"All the Christchurch people were having a joke about that, with guys diving round bedrooms and whatnot."
While the subject of a few wind-ups at training at Linfield Park in Linwood yesterday, the shake will be another motivator for the All Blacks side when they run on to AMI Stadium in Addington on Saturday night to take on Ireland.
It will be the first rugby test in Christchurch since just a month before the September 4, 2010, quake.
The All Blacks will play at Christchurch rugby's temporary new stadium for the first time on Saturday night.
"It's been an emotional time for Christchurch, particularly on this [eastern] side of town. There have been a lot of people who have been forgotten," Hansen said.
"Hopefully we can put on a performance on Saturday that they can be proud of."
Another jolt overnight
Another sharp aftershock struck today at almost the same time as yesterday's 4.2 quake.
Today's 3.8 shake was at 2.15am and was centred on the Cashmere hills at a depth of six kilometres