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Kenny-Dowall feeling Anzac bond

David Beniuk 28/02/2011 07:43:12 PM Comments (0)

The bonds between Australia and New Zealand will take on a special significance for Sydney Roosters centre Shaun Kenny-Dowall this Anzac Day.

The Kiwi international is still coming to terms with his uncle and cousins losing their home in the devastating Christchurch earthquake.

Kenny-Dowall was on hand as the Roosters launched ticket sales for the annual April 25 clash with St George Illawarra, revealing the personal cost of the disaster.

"I've got some family in Christchurch and they were unfortunate to lose their house so that's a pretty tough time for them," he said.

"I'm just very fortunate that they're all right and they're safe, they're fine, but it's still a sad time and we remember all those that weren't so lucky."

Kenny-Dowall, who enjoyed his best season in the NRL as part of a Roosters outfit which surged to a grand final against the Dragons, said his large family in New Zealand had chipped in to support those members affected by the quake.

"They have a bit of a problem with the insurance companies because there's been a lot of damage there," he said.

"So they have to wait and they reckon it's going to take up to four years to rebuild their houses and their lives.

"They're just fortunate, we've got a good family, we all look after each other over there in New Zealand and I think they'll be all right.

"Anzac Day's a good time to remember both countries and, with all the stuff that's going on in New Zealand, it will be a good time to reflect on that as well.

"(My) family and friends in Christchurch keep telling me what an amazing job the New Zealand Defence Force is doing to help out people affected by the earthquake - it's a lot like the way the Australians helped here during the Queensland floods and the Victorian bushfires."

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