Along with thousands of other Cantabrians, the Canterbury rugby team, the Crusaders, is homeless.
In the great scheme of things and in comparison with the unspeakable sufferings of a city that has experienced 2 major earthquakes within 6 months, the most recent having claimed in excess of 200 lives and gutted the city, it seems more than a little trite to get excited about sport.
But they've relocated temporarily to Nelson for their next 2 games and it's an opportunity to see some good rugby (they're playing the Warratahs of New South Wales, Australia and the Crusaders is chockfull of current and past All Blacks) and throw some dollars in the collection bucket that'll be passed round.
Couldn't buy tickets online so we drove 35km to what goes for the Big Smoke around here and joined a queue that was out of the door.
This was the queue at the New World supermarket an hour after tickets went on sale.
(I even got some Rugby non-afficiandos to join it by telling them that milk was on special - 50c a litre)