ABs contemplating fern colour

The All Blacks might consider using a red fern instead of the silver one during the upcoming World Cup.

The idea is to support Christchurch, who have lost the rights to host their seven World Cup fixtures because of the extensive damage suffered after February’s earthquake. Prime minister John Key, labour leader Phil Goff and World Cup minister Murray McCull all support this initiative.

All Blacks manager Darren Shand says donning a red fern in place of the usual silver fern is one of several ideas from members of the public of ways the team could honour Christchurch.

‘The team, together with the NZRU, will look to pay tribute to those who lost their lives as well as the wider Christchurch community in the most appropriate way,’ Shand told NZPA.

The NZRU will make the final decision at a later stage.