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Friday, 15 March 2019

NRL stage touching tribute to Christchurch


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The Newcastle Knights and Cronulla Sharks have staged a minute’s silence in respect for those lost in Christchurch mosque shootings.

McDonald Jones stadium came to a complete standstill in an emotionally charged moment on Friday evening prior to the two clubs’ season opener.

NRL CEO Todd Greenberg announced the decision to stage the tribute only an hour and half from kick off.

Knights and Sharks observe minute's silence for Christchurch

“Horrified & saddened of the events in Christchurch today,” Greenberg said via Twitter.

“All of our thoughts & prayers are with the victims & their families.

“Our Clubs will observe a minutes silence prior to kickoff as a mark of respect at tonight’s game in Sydney & tomorrow night in NZ.”

https://twitter.com/Todd_Greenberg/status/1106427556377448449

The New Zealand Warriors will play on Saturday at 3:00pm in Auckland and took to Twitter to pay respects to their people and country in a trying time.

“Our hearts reach out to the people of Christchurch and the Whanau affected,” they said.

“Truly, our thoughts are with the families that have lost loved ones and the communities that have been affected by today's heinous acts of violence.”

https://twitter.com/NZWarriors/status/1106435005276917760https://twitter.com/NZRL_Kiwis/status/1106440721102307329

The league was also joined by the Rugby Union community as the Chiefs and Hurricanes also observed a minute’s silence arm-in-arm prior to their Super Rugby clash on Friday night.

https://twitter.com/marchintonffx/status/1106444158347042816

Earlier in the day, cross-code football star Sonny Bill Williams broke down in an emotional video tribute to the victims of the Mosque Shootings.

The emotional All-Blacks star fought back tears as he offered his thoughts and prayers to the victims and families affected by the tragedy in a video shared on his Twitter page.

"Just heard the news I couldn't put it into words how I'm feeling right now," Williams said in the video.

"Just sending my duas to the families apparently, there's close to 30 people dead.

SBW breaks down over Christchurch shooting

"(I'm) sending out my duas to everyone that's been killed today in Christchurch...you guys are all in paradise.

"I'm just deeply, deeply saddened this would happen in New Zealand.

Williams joins a chorus of sports stars who have shared messages of support for the victims of the tragedy, including Black Caps cricketer Jimmy Neesham who lamented a "terrible day" for New Zealand.

The Christchurch shooting took place at Masjid Al Noor mosque in Hagley Park at 1.40pm local time.

New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush recently held a press conference and revealed multiple improvised explosive devices had been found.

He confirmed four people are now in custody: three men and a woman.

He could not provide an update on the number of people killed but said there had been "multiple fatalities", with unconfirmed reported indicating 27 dead.

The Newcastle Knights and Cronulla Sharks have staged a minute’s silence in respect for those lost in Christchurch mosque shootings.

McDonald Jones stadium came to a complete standstill in an emotionally charged moment on Friday evening prior to the two clubs’ season opener.

NRL CEO Todd Greenberg announced the decision to stage the tribute only an hour and half from kick off.

Knights and Sharks observe minute's silence for Christchurch

“Horrified & saddened of the events in Christchurch today,” Greenberg said via Twitter.

“All of our thoughts & prayers are with the victims & their families.

“Our Clubs will observe a minutes silence prior to kickoff as a mark of respect at tonight’s game in Sydney & tomorrow night in NZ.”

https://twitter.com/Todd_Greenberg/status/1106427556377448449

The New Zealand Warriors will play on Saturday at 3:00pm in Auckland and took to Twitter to pay respects to their people and country in a trying time.

“Our hearts reach out to the people of Christchurch and the Whanau affected,” they said.

“Truly, our thoughts are with the families that have lost loved ones and the communities that have been affected by today's heinous acts of violence.”

https://twitter.com/NZWarriors/status/1106435005276917760https://twitter.com/NZRL_Kiwis/status/1106440721102307329

The league was also joined by the Rugby Union community as the Chiefs and Hurricanes also observed a minute’s silence arm-in-arm prior to their Super Rugby clash on Friday night.

https://twitter.com/marchintonffx/status/1106444158347042816

Earlier in the day, cross-code football star Sonny Bill Williams broke down in an emotional video tribute to the victims of the Mosque Shootings.

The emotional All-Blacks star fought back tears as he offered his thoughts and prayers to the victims and families affected by the tragedy in a video shared on his Twitter page.

"Just heard the news I couldn't put it into words how I'm feeling right now," Williams said in the video.

"Just sending my duas to the families apparently, there's close to 30 people dead.

SBW breaks down over Christchurch shooting

"(I'm) sending out my duas to everyone that's been killed today in Christchurch...you guys are all in paradise.

"I'm just deeply, deeply saddened this would happen in New Zealand.

Williams joins a chorus of sports stars who have shared messages of support for the victims of the tragedy, including Black Caps cricketer Jimmy Neesham who lamented a "terrible day" for New Zealand.

The Christchurch shooting took place at Masjid Al Noor mosque in Hagley Park at 1.40pm local time.

New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush recently held a press conference and revealed multiple improvised explosive devices had been found.

He confirmed four people are now in custody: three men and a woman.

He could not provide an update on the number of people killed but said there had been "multiple fatalities", with unconfirmed reported indicating 27 dead.

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