Rugby union - Fireworks ban after fans injured at All Blacks Test

Rugby union - Fireworks ban after fans injured at All Blacks Test
Fireworks detonate as the All Blacks take the field against Australia in Auckland on Saturday. Three fans were injured by shrapnel from a large fireworks explosion at the end of the traditional haka war dance. (AFP Photo/MICHAEL BRADLEY)

- New Zealand rugby chiefs on Monday suspended all pre-match fireworks as authorities investigate an accident before last weekend's All Blacks-Wallabies Test that left three people injured.

New Zealand fan Cecilia Wang was hospitalised with a gash to her forehead and two men suffered minor injuries when a giant fireball primed to go off after the All Blacks finished the haka war dance exploded with more force than anticipated, sending shrapnel into the crowd.

Wang's husband Jimmy said his wife passed out due to blood loss from the wound and that it was lucky no one was killed by the pyrotechnical mishap at Auckland's Eden Park.

"She was just screaming and lost consciousness, she was pouring down with blood. I tried to hold her cut but the blood wouldn't stop, it was like opening tap water, it kept coming out," he told Fairfax New Zealand.

New Zealand Rugby Union chief executive has apologised to the injured fans and said there will be no more fireworks until an official WorkSafe New Zealand investigation is completed. The All Blacks won the match 51-20 to retain the Bledisloe Cup.