Richie McCaw helps out with earthquake rescue efforts

Music 14/11/2016

Former All Black captain, Richie McCaw has joined in the rescue efforts for the huge 7.5 earthquake that hit New Zealand in the early hours this morning.

Richie McCaw told the NZ Herald that he was woken up at midnight when the big shake happened.

At first light, Richie helped fly USAR teams into the badly affected Kaikoura so they could assess the damage.

"From there, we took the Fire Service just north and south of Kaikoura to check out all the slips and make sure everyone was accounted for," he told the Herald.

There were "big cracks in the road, cracks in the side of the hills, and obviously slips... At one point, the railway was way out over the sea - it had been pushed out by slips. It would not have been a nice place to be at midnight last night."

He also added "Just from a selfish point of view, it's nice to be able to fly but you'd like to be able to do it in better circumstances."

Since retiring from rugby McCaw has spent his time flying and is a commercial helicopter pilot.