NRL 2019: Warriors perform haka at Masjid Al Noor mosque

The Warriors' Kiwi contingent performed a rousing haka while visiting the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch on Friday.

Hooker Issac Luke led the 'Ka Mate' tribute, and afterwards the Warriors players greeted members of the mosque with hongi and hugs.

The club is in Christchurch preparing for their NRL clash against the Manly Sea Eagles in the city's first major sporting event since the terror attacks a fortnight ago.

Fifty people lost their lives, when a gunman opened fire at two separate mosques.

"Hopefully, we can turn the focus away from what's happened and what can be a performance that can entertain the people of Christchurch," said Warriors captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck.

"We want to show as much support as we can."

Tuivasa-Sheck added it was a "scary" and "daunting" experience visiting the mosque.

"It's supposed to be a place of holiness and prayer, and you've got the police guards out there with their big rifles, so it's pretty scary just turning up.

"But then you see the flowers and all the cards that people have left there. It's awesome the way that Christchurch has come together and that they've done this for the Muslim community.

"For them, something tragic has happened here, but they're still opening, they're still welcoming.

"They're still just talking about love and thank you, and appreciating everyone's support."

Both the Warriors and Sea Eagles will wear the hashtag #TheyAreUs on their jerseys for the match.

The hashtag echoes the words of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern after the attacks.

Warriors chief executive Cameron George said the club would wear the hashtag on their home jerseys for the rest of the season.


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