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NZRU apologise for fireworks injuries
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NZRU apologise for fireworks injuries

The New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) apologised on Sunday to spectators injured by fireworks before a Rugby Championship game in Auckland.

Saturday's Test between New Zealand and Australia was marred by a malfunctioning fireworks display before the game, which saw three spectators injured.

Both New Zealand coach Steve Hansen and NZRU chief executive Steve Tew apologised with the latter claiming the governing body is already conducting a review into the incident, which saw a pyrotechnic box explode, spreading debris into the stands.

"Something has clearly gone wrong and we are urgently conducting a review of what happened," Tew said in a statement on Sunday.

"I can only apologise profusely to those who were injured.

"I have been in contact with two of the people treated and I am hoping to contact the third today, to personally offer an apology."

Two spectators were treated on the pitch directly after the incident, with one managing to return to their seat, while the other was taken to hospital but has been treated and discharged.

Hansen admitted it made him wonder what would have happened if one of his players had been close by, as they were on the ground doing the haka.


"I am [worried] now, knowing that it is a possibility, yeah," the All Blacks coach said.

"I don't want to make a big thing about it because I don't know enough to be talking about it but I am sure from now on all the precautions, there would have been anyway, but now they will be doubly cautious and they may not do it."

Hansen added both he and his players had noticed when the fireworks misfired.

"All the computers in our room jumped off the [desk] and I thought 'that's a bit loud' but no one knew about it," he said.

"I met one of the people afterwards and offered our sympathies to the people who got hurt. But I'm sure the rugby union is working with those people to make sure it doesn't happen again."

Hansen's men went on to win the game 51-20 to retain the Bledisloe Cup against Australia and continue their strong start to the Rugby Championship.

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