Video: 'You're very much in our thoughts', All Blacks bring tour to HB to lift regions spirits.
The All Blacks have come to town as part of a three day tour intended to lift the spirits of the cyclone affected region.
The brief visit encompassing the offical naming of the world cup squad, visit to flood damage areas to meet with locals, and an open trainging session, is aimed at letting residents know that they're not forgotten.
"Hopefully it means you haven't been forgotten by us, that's all we can offer" said All Black Coach Ian Foster.
"We know we can't solve any problems down here... [but] to bring something that means a lot to us here [Squad naming], is probably the only thing of significance
"We can't sympathise too much because we can't walk in you footsteps, what you're going through."
All Black Lock and Hawke's Bay Magpies player Brodie Retallick echoes similar thoughts; "Coming from here, your see the tough times that people have had,
"The community has got behind a lot of people, and now the team is going to get behind a small amount of people, but hopefully it all helps on the big picture"