Cape Town – Super Rugby Masters, Crusaders will open discussions with all relevant parties and would consider changing their team name in the wake of Christchurch's terrorist attack on Friday.
The franchise released a statement on Sunday after the attack, where 50 people were killed. Since the attacks, people have questioned the franchise name of social media.
"Like all New Zealanders, the Crusaders' team and organization are deeply shocked by this tragedy, and our thoughts are with the victims and their families. This is greater than rugby, and we are absolutely heartbroken for our wider community where our thoughts are," Crusaders said. CEO Colin Mansbridge.
"As for the name of the Crusaders, we understand the concerns raised. For us, the name of the Crusaders is a reflection of the correlation spirit of this society. What we stand for is the opposite of what happened in Christchurch Friday, our crusade is one of peace , unity, inclusivity and community spirit.
Mansbridge confirmed that the franchise would consult with various groups on the way forward, but no knee joint decisions should be made.
"It is, in our opinion, a conversation that we should have and we take on board all the feedback we receive, but we also believe that the time for it is not right now. Emotions are very raw and genuine at the moment. is needed for this community to encircle our support around those most affected by Friday's events, and that is the immediate focus of the Crusaders' team.
At an appropriate time, we will thoroughly consider the issues raised and our response to them. It will include conversations with a number of people, including our Muslim community. This team and the broader organization are united with our community in resisting such abominable acts as that which took place on Friday in Christchurch, and standing in support of our Muslim brothers and sisters, "concluded Mainsbridge.
– BNZ Crusaders (@crusadersrugby) March 17, 2019