All Black centre Sonny Bill Williams confirmed that he will miss the Blues’ Super Rugby clash against the Highlanders on Friday. He will assist the victims of the deadly mosque attack in Christchurch.
He will be helping to raise funds for the victims and their families.
The attack happened on Friday as people were praying in the mosque.
A gunman opened fire and killed 50 people before he was caught by police.
The All Black star is a devoted Muslim and was saddened by the events. He teamed up with charity Muslims Around the World (MATW) , a non-profit organisation that helps disadvantaged Muslims across the world.
“(I’m) sending out my duas to everyone that’s been killed today in Christchurch… you guys are all in paradise,” he said.
“I’m just deeply, deeply saddened this would happen in New Zealand.”
All Black players are ordered to sit out at least two matches in Super Rugby to get the necessary rest before the World Cup later this year.
Former All Black centre Ma’a Nonu will probably replace Williams.
Nonu last played on March 3 in Argentina against the Jaguares.
The Blues are in a privileged position that they have a 104 test veteran to replace Williams.
Last Saturday’s clash between the Highlanders and Crusaders in Dunedin was cancelled because of the attacks, but the Crusaders will return to Super Rugby action against the Waratahs on Saturday.
The Waratahs will hold a minute’s silence before the game on Saturday to acknowledge the victims of the attack.
The Blues also cancelled their Monday media session in the aftermath of the shootings.
Written by Carl Coertzen
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