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Crusaders open to potential name change after Christchurch terror attack

“In the context of what’s happened, it is pretty hard to sort of elevate this conversation at the moment. We’ve heard it … and we do want to have a conversation about it.”

We’ve heard it … and we do want to have a conversation about it.

Chief executive Colin Mansbridge

The Crusaders’ clash with the Highlanders in Dunedin on Saturday was cancelled after discussions between the teams and police.

The third cricket test between New Zealand and Bangladesh, that was due to start in Christchurch on Saturday, was cancelled after the tourists narrowly avoided being caught up in the shooting.

New Zealand’s top professional football team, the Wellington Phoenix, did play their A-League match with the Western Sydney Wanderers on Sunday.

The side commemorated one of those killed, Kuwait-born Atta Elayyan, the goalkeeper for the New Zealand futsal team.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern meets with members of the Christchurch Muslim community after Friday's horrific attack.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern meets with members of the Christchurch Muslim community after Friday’s horrific attack.Credit:Stuff/David Walker

“My heart goes out to the futsal community,” said New Zealand Football chief executive Andrew Pragnell.

“They are a very tight-knit group and this news of Atta’s death will be devastating for all involved in the game. We feel their pain and their grief.”

All Blacks captain Kieran Read had earlier urged his fellow New Zealanders to reject bigotry and support the country’s Muslim community after the shooting.

“That this hate filled atrocity has happened in our back yard is beyond words,” Read, who was caught up in the city centre lockdown at his daughters’ school on Friday as police searched for the gunman, wrote on his Instagram account.

“Our strength lies in our diversity and while acts such as this are orchestrated in an attempt to divide us, love and unity will always prevail.”

Reuters

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