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Crusaders Super Rugby match canceled in wake of mosque shootings

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Mar 15, 2019 10:28 PM 1+ week ago

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - A Super Rugby match between the Otago Highlanders and Canterbury Crusaders scheduled for Saturday has been canceled after a mass shooting at two mosques in Christchurch on Friday killed 49 people.

New Zealand Rugby said the decision to cancel the match in Dunedin, some 360 kilometers south of Christchurch, had been made after consultation with both teams, police and local authorities.

"Advice from police and venue management was that the fixture could go ahead, however, with strong agreement from both teams we have made the final call not to proceed as a mark of respect for the events that have occurred in Christchurch," New Zealand Rugby's Nigel Cass said in a statement.

Police have said 41 people were killed at the mosque, while seven others died at the Linwood mosque. One more died in hospital later.

"Yesterday's horrific attacks have left us all feeling stunned," Crusaders chief executive Colin Mainsbridge said.

"All other issues and considerations pale in significance. We ...

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