CHRISTCHURCH – A Super Rugby clash between the Highlanders and the table-topping Crusaders was called off on Saturday as a mark of respect for those killed in the deadly mosque attacks in Christchurch.
The two teams were due to kick off in Dunedin, but the Christchurch-based Crusaders will now return home “to be with their community”.
The decision was made after meetings with both teams, venue management, and police.
“Advice from police and venue management was that the fixture could go ahead,” said New Zealand Rugby’s chief rugby officer Nigel Cass.
“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.”