Pacific Rugby Cup shows Christchurch support

(IRB.COM) Monday 28 February 2011
Pacific Rugby Cup shows Christchurch support
Fiji Warriors and Junior Waratahs will show their support - Photo: Jeff Young

The IRB Pacific Rugby Cup will on Monday continue the support shown on the weekend by teams in Super Rugby and the RBS Six Nations for those affected by the recent earthquake in Christchurch.

All SANZAR nations stood as one during the second round of the Super Rugby competition to show their support following Tuesday’s devastating earthquake and the Crusaders decision not to play their scheduled Super Rugby match against the Hurricanes on Saturday night. The game was called a draw with both teams sharing two points.

The global Rugby family also united in support with a minute's silence held before the Six Nations matches in Rome, London and Edinburgh, together with the Japan Cup final in Tokyo over the weekend.

Tonight, prior to the final three IRB Pacific Rugby Cup matches in Australia, a minute's silence will also be observed to remember those who lost their life as a result of the devastating earthquake.

As a mark of respect, players from the QAS Reds Academy, Junior Waratahs, Brumby Runners, Tonga A, Samoa A and Fiji Warriors will wear black and red arm-bands to acknowledge those affected in the Christchurch area.

Following these IRB Pacific Rugby Cup matches, the last scheduled on Australian soil, the three Pacific Island teams will make their way to New Zealand where they will take on the Crusader Knights, a Chiefs Development XV and a Hurricanes Development XV between Friday 4 March and Monday 14 March.